As we already know, homesteading kids get dirty! It’s a fact of life. It’s a healthy fact of life. The kids are far better for it than living in a sterile indoor environment, sitting there watching tv, or playing video games. The kids have a lot of fun getting dirty, playing with the animals and caring for them with their daily chores.
When the kids get dirty – I mean REALLY dirty – muddy from head to toe, we don’t allow them to bring the mud or muddy clothes into the house. So how are they to clean up if they can’t come in to the shower when they get really muddy? The answer is simple: Start with the garden hose and hose off the worst of the mud from them and their clothing. Put the still dirty clothing in a big tub full of water to soak prior to washing. Finish hosing the remaining mud off the kids. They can either go in to the house and bathe or they can wash in the outdoor shower. An outdoor shower is simple to assemble out of a few pallets and a garden hose. Using a few pieces of PVC pipe, and a cheap shower head,you can build an outdoor shower in less than hour that will work quite well in the warmer weather for cleaning excessively muddy, dirty kids. You can even easily add a small solar heater to it by placing a water tank on top of the shower or beside it painted flat black that will absorb the heat from the sun during the day and provide warm water for showering later in the day. The added benefit from this is that they have fun with an outdoor shower 🙂
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