Hand-washing stations – A simple how to

Handwashing station at the Yarmouth market

Materials needed:

  • Cooler (any clean vessel capable of maintaining hot water for 8-12 hours)
  • Bungee cords or straps (1-3)
  • Soap
  • Paper Towels
  • Hand-sanitizer (if available)
  • Trash bin (a bucket works)
  • Water bin (a bucket works)

Fill the cooler with hot water. Use straps or bungee cords to secure it to your truck, or bring a table or cabinet for the cooler to sit on (see this video for alternative idea).

You can purchase a hand-washing station online for $110 – Link here

Be sure to do the following:

  • Follow proper hand washing guidelines from the CDC
  • Water should be hot (above 100 degrees)
  • Use a cooler or something with insulation
  • Use paper towels to touch the cooler, rather than your bare hands
  • Make sure the station is stocked with soap, check throughout the day.
  • Clean and sanitize the touch points of the hand-washing station regularly throughout the day – aim for 1x per hour minimum.
  • Post signage about proper hand-washing techniques.
  • Sanitize the inside and outside of the cooler after each day

Graywater Disposal

Your gray-water cannot be dumped into local storm water systems or on the ground. Graywater must be disposed of legally. This will likely take place back at your home/farm. Most likely, a sink will be the best place to dispose of the water. Be sure to sanitize all surfaces after disposing the water.