Sandbar Hand Washing Station

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Good camp sanitation is important for preventing illness. Sandbar's Hand Washing Station is a compact, easy-to-use system for cleaning hands after toilet use and before food prep.
    Bucket not included.

  • Getting sick on a boating or camping trip is no fun and some illnesses caused by poor sanitation practices can be very serious.
  • A long 'neck' makes it easy to wash your hands without having to bend over to far.
  • The system is compact enough to fit inside a small ammo can.
  • The secure screw-clamp fits on an ammo can or plastic bucket, which also serves as the water holding reservoir.
  • Press on the rubber pump bulb with your foot to direct a powerful stream of water to your hands.
  • Be sure to collect the soapy wash water in another container and dispose of it properly.
  • Always wash your hands after using your toilet system and before handling food items.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizing gels are a great sanitation tool, but remember, they don't work well on dirty hands. Wash hands thoroughly to remove dirt before using the gels.
  • Don't let a preventable illness spoil your trip!
  • Great for boating trips, car camping, backyard BBQs, family reunions, etc.

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  • Dimensoins: Disassembled - 3" x 6" x 12"
  • Weight 1 lbs 4 oz
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  • Bucket not included

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  • Sandbar Hand Washing Station

    Q:

    How deep is the neck? Mostly will it dispense into a bucket set near it? Is it possible to put the intake hose into one bucket and set the washing neck on another bucket? Is the hose(s) long enough to give you some flexibility in placing the footpump far away enough that you don't get your feet wet while you are washing your hands? Just tell us whether this has been user tested on the Grand Canyon for 20+ days... :)
    Asked on 8/8/2013 by Doug from Garden Valley, ID

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    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      2 5 gallons buckets, one for hot h2o and one for a rinse bucket works
      fine. I've never used it on the Grand but have done multiple 5+ day trips
      and it has worked great. Never had a wet foot issue. It is a very simple
      system and looks like it would be easy to take it apart and clean if there
      was any clogging issues. I like it a lot more than simple hand sanitizer
      especially a few days into the trip.

      Answered on 8/10/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Doug,
      Attach it to the lip of a 14 inch pail or Rubbermaid type trash bucket. The
      water will flow out 30" above the ground, so put a taller catch bucket
      under that nozzle if you want NO water on your tootsies. Otherwise put a
      dishpan type tub on the ground next to the first pail and let a little
      splash. Or put that dishpan up on a little stool, big enough to hold your
      pump stye hand soap, too. The foot pump seems sturdy enough for heavy use.
      If you stick to the 14 inch pail, you have 1 ft. of distance between your
      pail and your foot pump. A 12 inch pail would let you pull it out a little
      further. We had something similar to this on an 8 day Grand Canyon
      Expeditions trip and that prompted me to buy this, as I was sold on the
      germ separation afforded by using the foot pump. Ask everyone to use the
      back of their hand to push the soap pump down, or your elbow...Ha! Soap and
      scrub hands before you pump the water on them, dig your curled fingers into
      the opposite palm, then switch and rinse. Don't use a towel as that would
      share germs, also. Everyone use your pants or the wind. Don't need to waste
      paper towels, here, either, as you just have to haul that out with you.
      I set it up to try it out, stored it with a set of workable buckets, but
      haven't taken it out in the field. It came with a great sticker to put on
      one of the buckets, identifying it as a hand wash station. I have all the
      confidence that this is good enough for your 20 day excursion and more.
      Happy Trails!
      Pam

      Answered on 8/9/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I don't have it in front of me to answer but it's probably 6" or so deep. It is easy to setup a two bucket system and have the wash water caught in the second bucket. We actually bought this one after using a similar setup on the Grand. The hose is plenty long. Keep in mind there are two versions, a shorter one with a fixed head and this longer version that breaks apart. The longer version you don't have to bend over as much to use and the direction of the spout (neck) can be turned and adjusted. The shorter is fixed while the longer breaks into two sections for transport. No problems in two years, thumbs up.

      Answered on 8/9/2013 by Scmuench from Denver, CO
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      A:

      "How deep is the neck? Mostly will it dispense into a bucket set near
      it? Is it possible to put the intake hose into one bucket and set the
      washing neck on another bucket?
      the hose that extends into the bucket is not very long, just enough to reach bottom of bucket, but it curls upward sometimes and you need to re-adjust
      Is the hose(s) long enough to give you
      some flexibility in placing the footpump far away enough that you don't
      get your feet wet while you are washing your hands?
      I suppose, if you position it correctly. the foot pump tends to end up muddy and needs to be cleaned before packing away.
      not a lot of water comes out from each foot pump, just a squirt.
      I give it about a 6 out of 10 rating

      Answered on 8/9/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi Doug,
      The spigot is 17" tall with about 6" neck.
      The hose is such that you have to mount the unit on the intake bucket.
      The setup will allow you to keep the footpump a bit away from the outflow, and if you set the wastewater bucket up properly, there shouldn't be much splash.
      NOTE: The unit is different than pictured. The footpump is not the old bulb style, but more a true "pump" which looks to work better than the old style. Also there is NO plate or bracket included, but the new pump is made with 4 mounting holes. I used a piece of 1" x 6" with the length cut to fit (9") so the whole unit fits in a small ammo can. I covered the wood in spar varnish first. It is very stable, but does represent a bit more work to make.
      Ask NRS if this is what they have in stock...perhaps the manufacturer upgraded it since the photo was taken, because I don't think mine is a "one-off," but represents a new model.
      I just bought it a while ago and have not used it on a trip, but interestingly enough, my Grand Canyon trip is coming up in September, so that will be the real test.
      Hope this helps.
      Joshua

      Answered on 8/8/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi the spout can turn and run into a bucket to wash hands while there is room to put the hose in another bucket that you pump the fresh water from. By using two buckets there is never any water on the ground
      It is an awesome pump system. Used on a ten day Colorado river trip them ordered one for personal use and it is great and worth the price
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 8/8/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have had this unit for several years. We use as a two bucket system; one
      with clean water, the other to catch used. Can be used with standard 5 gal
      buckets, but we use smaller 2.5 gal square buckets for easier storage.
      Always have a fear that the break-down upper tube would get misplaced as it
      doesn't fit real tight. Been on over 60 days worth of trips with groups of up
      to 18 folks using it with no problems. Could probably fashion an upper tube
      easy enough with standard fuel line if it did get lost. Hoses are long
      enough to place pump well away from the buckets. We store in a small .30 cal
      ammo can that also secures hand soap etc. Good product, no complaints,
      clean hands!

      Answered on 8/8/2013 by db from Utah
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Doug, the water outlet sticks up about 15" above the rim of the bucket and the spout sticks out 6". Take a look at the More Views & Larger Images link to see the length of the intake hose; it's designed to fit in the same bucket the unit is attached to. You really want to have the wash water discharged into another bucket, so that it can be disposed of properly. It's a rugged unit.

      Answered on 8/8/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I love the sandbar washing station. We use it in camp for 15 days at a time. We use two buckets one with the fresh water and one for the soapy dirty water. The hose is long enough to keep the buckets from cross contaminating, I.e. washing neck on the dirty bucket. I never noticed my feet getting wet with this 2 bucket system. We use a black bucket that way the water is warmed by the sun. I also got a little soap rack to hang on the side of the bucket with a pump foam soap dispenser. That way the hand washing is faster and easy to dispense the soap verses a bar of soap. The only thing I would like to change with the station is a longer hose so you do not have to bend over so far to wash your hands. But other than that it is a wonderful hand washing station and I find people wash their hands more since it is so easy to use. I was at an outdoor event with 150 people that had just hand sanitizer for people to use and I almost ran home to get this hand washing station because it is that good.
      Sent from my iPad

      Answered on 8/8/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I've used my own "wishy washy" on multiple two week plus river trips. I've used one like it on two Grand Canyon 20+ day trips - in the winter. The neck is plenty deep enough for you to put the intake in one bucket and the "faucet" drain into another bucket - we use 5 gallon buckets. It will be difficult not to splash a little water on your feet - but we didn't care - we're on a river after all. On a side note - hand a fingernail brush on the neck and you've got a pretty good hygiene station. My personal hand wash station has many years and trips and is going strong. Recommend.

      Answered on 8/8/2013 by Mac from Anchorage, AK
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  • Easy to set up (7)
  • Lightweight (6)
  • Packs up small (6)
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    5.0

    Hand washing at its best!

    By Rogue Aardvark

    from Grants Pass, OR

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Lightweight
    • Packs up small
    • Sturdy

    Cons

    • Must Add A Base To Pump

    Best Uses

    • Rafting Trips Or Car Camp

    Comments about Sandbar Hand Washing Station:

    I've used this handwash station several times on Grand Canyon rafting trips. This is a very easy to use and convenient tool to encourage people to wash their hands (and avoid illness).

    You do have to add a base to the pump, wood is the easiest base to use.

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    4.0

    Love it!

    By Naner

    from Wyoming

    About Me Avid Adventurer

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    Pros

    • Easy to clean
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Lightweight
    • Packs up small
    • Sturdy

    Cons

    • Hose Could Be A Bit Longe

    Best Uses

    • Camping
    • Events

    Comments about Sandbar Hand Washing Station:

    I love the sandbar washing station. We use it in camp for 15 days at a time. We use two buckets one with the fresh water and one for the soapy dirty water. The hose is long enough to keep the buckets from cross contaminating, I.e. washing neck on the dirty bucket. I never noticed my feet getting wet with this 2 bucket system. We use a black bucket that way the water is warmed by the sun. I also got a little soap rack to hang on the side of the bucket with a pump foam soap dispenser. That way the hand washing is faster and easy to dispense the soap verses a bar of soap. The only thing I would like to change with the station is a longer hose so you do not have to bend over so far to wash your hands. But other than that it is a wonderful hand washing station and I find people wash their hands more since it is so easy to use. I was at an outdoor event with 150 people that had just hand sanitizer for people to use and I almost ran home to get this hand washing station because it is that good.

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    5.0

    Best yet!

    By Rand

    from Sisters, Or

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Lightweight
    • Packs up small
    • Sturdy

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sandbar Hand Washing Station:

        This is the toughest, easiest to set-up hand wash station I've ever owned. I have not used it enough to do any maintenance (valve system) and am a little anxious about that task after reading the directions.
        This really beats any other system I've used hands down.

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        4.0

        Efficient and useful

        By Maya from nature

        from Santa Cruz, CA

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Lightweight
        • Sturdy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Great for camp of 10 peo

          Comments about Sandbar Hand Washing Station:

          Initially used this product on all-inclusive white water trip. Had to purchase for our annual musical festival campout of 40+ people - everyone loved it!

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          5.0

          Great hands-free handwashing!

          By telegirl

          from Salt Lake City, UT

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          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Packs up small
          • Sturdy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Camping

            Comments about Sandbar Hand Washing Station:

            Have been using this product in all its older forms for over 10 years now. This one is more improved and even better! Great product for car camping and river trips. The foot pump is great, no faucets to turn on/off with dirty hands.

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