Friday 10 July, 2020

Water shortage? Here's how to bathe with a bucket

Photo by Lubomirkin on Unsplash.

Photo by Lubomirkin on Unsplash.

Disruptions in the supply of water to households are a common occurrence in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean. Many people at some point in their lives have had to resort to washing themselves with a bucket as a result.

Bathing with a bucket requires skill and common sense. If you‘ve never done it before or still haven’t mastered the skill, here are some guidelines for you.

1) You need a bucket/buckets and a small vessel with which to pour the water on your body.

2) If you are accustomed to hot water baths, you can heat some water via a kettle but you need to have the right measure of hot water to cold water to get the required temperature you need. You may not get it on the first try but trial and error will surely make you a pro.

3) If you don’t have the time to heat up water and you are brave enough to try it cold, brace yourself for the shock. Here is where strategy comes in.  Some people soap as they pour water on their skins to lessen the shock, others wet first and immediately begin soaping to create some heat.

4) Taking a 'cowboy' aka bathing with a bucket, means that you cannot, unless you have several buckets, cleanse your entire body as you would like. Here is where you need to prioritise. Aim for the most important bits first: underarms, privates, face. If you have enough water left over, you can treat other body parts as you see fit. Remember the aim is to make the water stretch so washing your hair at this time might not be wise.

5) The big splash. Every bucket bather looks forward to the finale of the bath when you hold the bucket high over your head and let the leftover water rain all over you to make you reminisce about that real shower you had not too long ago.

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