The end of summer is here, and if you haven't gone camping again after the Everywhen Valley of Spirits you may still have the alkaline dust still on your gear. Cleaning that dust can be challenging, so here are some helpful tips.
Opt for White Vinegar or Lemon Juice.
Something about these cleaners tend to actually clean the surface of your tent, camper, what have you instead of just looking clean until it dries and leaves a white streak-filled pattern. Vinegar and lemon juice will also kill any bacteria or mold starting to grow (for those who live in more humid environments).
Dilute 2 parts vinegar or lemon juice to 2 parts water in a spray bottle to clean hard surfaces. (This works on windows and mirrors as well.)
You can even add this to your mop water.
Add 1/4 vinegar or lemon juice to your washing machine to clean washable fabrics.
For good tent zipper post-playa, spray first with diluted vinegar or lemon juice. Once dry, use tent zipper wax or spray oil on your zipper.
Don't forget to check your footwear for separating soles. Playa can be especially hard on boots. For minor separation repair use shoe goo or an E6000 style glue to seal up any soul separation.
And of course, after all that cleaning you probably have dry skin from all that Playa. use coconut or olive oil directly on your skin or in your next bath. You can also do a milk bath to restore the lost moisture to your hair and skin.