Forgot your dish sponge? Try scrubbing pots with wood ash, downed pine needles, or shreds of soft bark (like cedar) from the ground. Backpackers have long used sand, but it can scratch nonstick coatings.
Backpacking is not synonymous with efficiency and minimalism—but it’s pretty close. That same utilitarianism applies to hygiene as well. So what DO you need to stay clean on the trail?
Have the thru-hike itch, but don't want to ditch your career? A short long trail may be just what you need.