Can’t believe I failed to mention that last week’s heatwave made taking outdoor showers even more enjoyable and refreshing. We built our first outdoor shower back in 2003 and have been lovin’ it ever since. Can’t beat the atmosphere and view, sometimes even bees will visit while in the shower stall. Not to mention we are doing the edible plants surrounding the shower a huge favor (of course you have to use biodegradable soaps).

In the summer time we actually go months without using any indoor bathing facilities (our old claw foot tub) instead prefer to shower outdoors.

The outdoor shower is built with reclaimed wood (was a fence at one time) and a simple black garden hose coiled on top solar heats the water. A practical simple, solution.

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  1. TJ Ferreira says:

    Tell me more about the outdoor shower and use of black hose to get warm water. I know in summer I have to wait a minute or so to get hot water out of the hose before I start spraying it on plants, etc… Because it is soooo hot. Sometimes too hot to the touch. How are the connections in your outdoor shower setup? Is it just one hose, cold water, and you have black hose in a circle in the sun all day and when you use it, it is warm for a minute or so? Is it too hot sometimes? How long does warm water work run in this setup and my guess the end of the shower is cold water. Just curious. tj

  2. TJ Ferreira says:

    Do you happen to have any pictures of the hose setup and how it is wound up and closer shots of inside the shower. I like it! tj

  3. Stacy says:

    Third vote for more details – my engineering background is showing.

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  5. Susan says:

    This is so neat! Who says frugality means having less?? This is better than the fanciest indoor shower.

  6. Sue says:

    I am so confused about biodegradable soaps. PLEASE HELP! What is a good (safe) brand for #1 shampoo #2 dish detergent #3 laundry soap. What actually is ok to use in with gardening type greywater? If you are using an outdoor type shower obviously you are content with whatever you are using for a shampoo.

  7. Anais says:

    Hi Sue

    A good non toxic soap to use is Dr Bronners. Dr Bronners is a versitile soap and can be used throughout the household.

    If you need help choosing a soap for household duties make sure it’s phosphate-free.

    Hope that helps. Any of our readers care to weigh in on types of soaps they use.

    Of course, we still limit using the outdoor shower. We don’t use it daily and we limit the amount of soap. You can get just a clean splashing apple cider vinegar as a body wash. And actually many members of the family do not shampoo their hair. Instead apt for the NO-POO method.

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  8. Robbyn says:

    Love the shower…we’ve talked about having one like yours after we move 🙂

  9. Sasha says:

    We use Dr. Bronner’s as well. There is also a local source of goat milk soap that we buy from time to time.

    I love the outdoor shower. It’s on our to-do list for this summer.

  10. Anais says:

    Thanks for adding your thoughts on biodegradable soaps. We appreciate readership input.

    • Neil says:


      An outdoor shower can be very simple and inexpensive. Our outdoor shower consists of a shower head mounted on the wall with the included hardware. Areca palms in large pots give us privacy. A very long black hose from Sears with a lifetime warranty gives us plenty of hot water for two. I don’t remember the lengths of the hoses. It could be a 50′ and a 75′ hose connected together. It is just laying in the sun on the grass. This is southwest Florida and has been the only shower we’ve used for over a year. In the winter at 50 degrees air temperature it took a couple hours for the water to get hot enough but it was plenty warm showering in the sun. There were only a couple cloudy days in the winter when it wasn’t possible to shower outdoors. Our well water temperature is 78-80 degrees year round. Now in the summer the water is hot in 5-10 minutes. If we wait longer than that the water would scald us so a hot and cold connection is important.

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