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Scrub Pans Without A Sponge

Forgot a sponge? No worries -- clean your camp with these everyday wilderness substitutes.

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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.