6-34. IMPROVISED SHAVING AND WASHING DEVICE
a. This device utilizes steel helmets as basins for hand washing, laundry,
shaving, and other elements of personal hygiene. The structure can be built from
salvage lumber or trees and branches. The center trough drains into the soakage pit
and the center strip will support individual mirrors. The soakage pit will function better
and last longer if protected by a grease trap.
b. When helmet racks (wash benches) are constructed, 10 feet should be
allowed for every 100 men. This device should be used in connection with other
sanitation devices as illustrated in figure 6-27.
Figure 6-27. Improvised wash bench.
6-35. IMPROVISED SHOWER FACILITIES
Showers are important, not only for personal hygiene, but also as factors for
maintaining the morale of a unit. In hot weather, heat from the sun may be used to take
the chill from shower water. Painting water storage containers black or some other dark
dull color will increase the absorption of heat from the sun. However, when large
amounts of hot water are needed, man-made devices such as the water heaters
previously described will be found necessary. There are many ways to arrange for
showers when a unit is in the field. The devices shown here are but a few of those that
have been improvised and found useful.