I was born in December 1961. Do the math and you’ll understand that nature calls more frequently for someone MY age.
So to deal with this inevitable problem, I have a little container that I use for #1’s. This container fits between my knees perfectly when kneeling in bed in the back of Mitzi. It holds quite a bit, so can be used several times before it needs to be emptied.
This might be too much detail for some of you, but in the rare instance that I have to do #2, and there is no real toilet available, and no other suitable location to dig a cat hole or crouch behind a rock with my bag, I can line it with a biodegradable bag and do the deed in the privacy of my vehicle. It’s not easy, but its doable. Errr… lets move on.
So my toilet has other uses. I use it to spit into when I clean my teeth, and I use it to gather dish water and other gray water to dispose of in a more environmentally friendly manner when the opportunity arises, or gather some river water to wash my windshield etc. I also use it as a mini washing machine.
Yep…you read it right.
One important thing to remember when turning your toilet into a washing machine, is to ensure that the lid fastens tightly, and can’t pop off. Mine has four clips on it that hold the lid in place, as well as a good seal. I learned my lesson the hard way one time when I had a toilet with a press on lid. As I drove over a windy mountain pass, the change in elevation caused the lid to pop off, and I ended up bleaching the carpet in the back of my vehicle (back then it was a Subaru).
The other important thing to remember is to wash it out with bleach first.
Washing your clothes this way is simple; put in your dirty, pre-treated item, add water (warm or hot if you wish) and soap, snap the lid closed, make sure it is in an upright position and can’t tip over, and drive away. While you are driving down the road, your socks, top, and undies, get sloshed around as though they were in a washing machine. (If I had more room I’d have a bigger container or bucket with a lid, then I could do an even bigger load of laundry).
At some point later you can dump the water, add fresh water to rinse while driving, or just rinse by hand then wring your clothes out. hang to dry on your antenna, or side mirror, and hey-presto, clean clothes for free!
You can actually make a limited number of clothes go for a long time between Laundromat visits this way.
Goodness, that reminds me… I have to go and rinse my hiking top now so it will be dry for tomorrow.
**** Update ~ In February 2016, my toilet, previously named ‘Tinkles’ has now been re-named to….wait for it…. The Badwater Basin.
Happy laundry day…
Roxy ~ a Nomad for Nature