Bucket Baths…everything you did (or didn’t) want to know!

May 17, 2008 at 11:17 am Leave a comment

Hello again and welcome back! 

I hope you like the new renovations that I have made to my blog site.  Whenever I get some free time, like a Saturday in the village perhaps, I take the opportunity to use the available time to learn things, such as how to run a web blog.  I keep learning more and more each time and am realizing that blogging isn’t as hard as I thought.  It is just one more example of all the things that I have learned  while being in Peace Corps South Africa.

Soooo, for this post I would like to start talking about some of the things that I have learned these last 10 months while being in South Africa, aside from making blogs.

Number 1:  HOW TO TAKE A BATH IN A BUCKET: I doubt many of you have had the privelage of taking a bucket bath, as we call them here.  If you have, I would like to hear from you.  Perhaps we could share our experiences, such as successful strategies and methods that are best to be avoided.  I am sure that many of you might be curious about how to take a bucket bath and so I will tell you.  

The first thing that any bucket bather must do is find a sufficient bucket.  The size and material of the bucket at your disposal varies.  I suggest getting a bucket with a color that suits your personality and matches well with the rest of your room.  My bucket is blue.  It is also good to get a strong bucket, a heavy plastic or metal…if your budget allows it. 

The second thing to do once you have your bucket is use it!  You will need to fill the bucket with warm water (unless it is the middle of summer in Africa when nothing sounds better than a cold bucket bath).  Assuming the weather is not set for “scortching” then you will want to heat some water for yourself.  I typically use my electric kettle, but others have been known to heat their water on a wood stove, wood fire, or pariffin stove.  

After you have heated enough water to fill your bucket to a wallowing depth of 4 inches, you can pour it into your beautiful plastic tub.  But be careful, you don’t want to pour to fast and possibly have some of that precious warm water splash out.  Now that the bucket is ready with water, don’t waste time!  Last night I got caught in a conversation and when I returned, my hot bucket bath was less than luke warm.  Before stripping down into your birthday suit, put down a towl, floor mat, or old blanket under and around the bucket.  Don’t kid yourself into thinking that you can do this job without making a little mess.  You should also have your soap and wash cloth in hand. 

Now is the moment you have been waiting for…possibly been waiting several days for, because a daily bath just isn’t in the cards.  Quickly throw those clothes on the chair and get going, because damn! it is cold old there!  Start by using the wash rag and get your head wet and move down.  I prefer to put my upper body over the bucket and wash there first.  After wetting, soaping, and rinsing my upper half then I proceed to stand in the bucket and do the bottom half in the same way.  After going through the three cycles I jump out of the bucket and into a towl.  Dry off as quickly as possible…I don’t need to tell you to hurry though; the hair standing up on your arms will! 

Well, that is a pretty quick run down on how I have learned to take a bath in a bucket with only 4 inches of water.  The surpising thing is that when I finish, I feel clean!  It sure doesn’t beat a shower or hot bath, but it certainly makes you appreciate them more.  I suggest that you give the bucket bath a try.  Besides, most of the world is doing it!     

Below is a picture of me in my first bucket bath, a novice…I think I can safely say that I have advanced.   

1st Bucket Bath

 

  

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Here are some famous blogs to check out from three of my good Peace Corps buddies!

A.J. KUMAR ajinsa.blogspot.com JOEY CARDELLA http://njebe.blogspot.com SARAH HORNS http://hornzyinafrica.blogspot.com

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