Science News has a timely article out, How to Wash Up in the Wilderness.
“In 2004, a study found that 56 percent of backpackers on the Appalachian Trail develop diarrhea, and those who don’t always treat their water to disinfect it face a 69-percent risk of illness.
However, 45 percent of the Appalachian hikers who consistently treated their drinking water also got diarrhea in that study.”
yuck- guess why that 45% still got sick. From not following proper sanitation rules for the rest of hike.
This article discusses a typical method for washing your dishes while camping. Unfortunatley, the call for three separate gallon buckets makes this scheme not the easiest for those who don’t car-camp. Maybe carrying a small bottle of dilluted bleach is a good step to precede a sanitized water rinse when washing camp dishes.