We’ve all gone a few days in a row without a shower (whether or not we want to admit it), and a little dirt never hurt anybody. But do you stay clean on longer trips? We’ve put together a list of three things you can do to make sure you help keep the environment clean while keeping yourself clean, too.
1.) Know Your Soap
The direct answer is there is no soap that is completely safe to use when you are bathing in a river or lake. However, the best solution is castile soap. Castile soap is free from all of the chemicals big-name companies add to the soap you would purchase at your classic grocery store. Luckily, there are a lot of people looking to find green, eco-friendly solutions, which is making those offerings more readily available. Castile soap can be used to wash your hair, face, and body so also helps keep things nice and compact while traveling.
2) Stick with natural deodorant, not antiperspirant
Although it is great to smell minty fresh all day long, the chemicals in most antiperspirants are terrible for the environment. Try trading them out for an eco-friendly alternative, such as a natural beeswax or coconut-oil-based deodorant. Although these will not stop you from sweating, they will help mask odor in a way that won’t hurt your body or the environment! Be sure to choose a deodorant that is free of sulfates, chemicals, palm oil, and any other additives that negatively impact the beautiful places we all love to adventure.
3) All Natural Skincare
Most of the foamy, soapy face wash on the market is not safe to use when washing in nature. For washing your face in a lake or river, we recommend using cleansing grains. Cleansing grains are mainly plant-based powders that are safe to use when washing up out in mother nature. There are quite a few companies that make cleansing grains, so it should be easy to find something that will work well with your skin.
Remember that we have a duty to keep our favorite outdoor areas the way they are, so make sure to leave no trace, in or out of the water. Happy camping, Flock!