A neat old trick….and some reminiscing.
Last week at work I ended up spending a day kneeling in a muddy hole and ended up getting filthy. I ended up using a trick I learned many years ago that has served me well: Going into the shower fully clothed. Why hose off or undress outside in the cold? I needed to get the sand and clay off my clothes before putting them in the laundry machine….so I just get in the shower and start cleaning/stripping.
Chances are good you fall into one of these two categories:
1) You’ve worked for National Defence and this is familiar and perfectly normal.
2) You haven’t and you’re thinking it’s a good idea…You’re welcome.
We’d go in with boots, backpacks, everything…which made me think….
A friend used to take his weapon into the shower with him even though he was told not to (hot soapy water does wonders, by the way). He’d give it a quick strip and scrubbing then hose everything down with tons of CLP; quick and easy. One day he was accused by an instructor of taking his weapon into the shower and of course he denied it. When pressed about having everything so clean so quickly he just said, “magic.” The matter was dropped.