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15 Inspirational Off Grid Shower Ideas

Off grid shower ideas! While we can’t take away the need to trot into work every morning, we do have something that will brighten the day entirely.

Picture this…

Instead of stepping into a cold bathroom cubicle, you’re rinsing yourself down inside an eco-friendly off grid shower under the open sky.

Let’s face it, nobody likes hearing their alarm signal the start of another working day.

But showering doesn’t have to be tedious with these inspirational off grid shower ideas. 

Whether you’re installing it deep within your backyard or creating a new addition for your forest retreat, you should definitely check out these existing ideas for your new DIY project.

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1. Tankless Off Grid Hot Water By Jake and Nicolle

Aside from the absolutely stunning nature that is shown in this video, Jake and Nicolle have created an incredible off grid shower.

They started their shower journey with a camping bladder – using the sun to heat the water. When it heated the water! More often, they were taking freezing cold showers. Now, they’re working on a wood stove heated shower, which is a great, multi-purpose solution for hot water.

This video shows them using an Ecco tankless water heater with a solar panel.

2. Wood Fired Hot Water In a Keg

During my permaculture course on the Sunshine Coast, Australia, I helped light the rocket stoves which heated the house and the water for our showers. We also used them for cooking! I always figured that using heat for multiple purposes is the way to go. Permaculture is all about multi-purpose elements.

My teacher, Tom Kendall, shows how to create a wood-fired hot water setup in the video above!

3. Off Grid Shower by That Yurt

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Solar energy is a fan-favorite with off grid shower enthusiasts; after all, you’re not really off grid if you’re pulling juice from the grid.

But what if you don’t get enough sun to heat your water?

Propane can pick up the slack as That Yurt has proven with this shack embedded into the tree line. Set inside a wooden canopy, with a sloped roof to shoo away those icy raindrops, it’s basic but attractive. 

The benefit of a gas-powered water heater is having a steady supply of heated water regardless of the weather or season.

And let’s face it, the real selling point of an off grid shower isn’t the ability to use it in the middle of summer; it’s being able to step out of the cold winter and into a stream of hot water. When it’s overcast and there just isn’t enough sun to heat a solar-powered shower, you need something else. 

This propane shower will have you warm and toasty even when you’re surrounded by a blanket of snow. No more cold washes from a bucket.

4. Lava Rock Off Grid Shower Idea by Tam Hunt, on Green Tech Media

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Though propane can be supplied from a tank, you might find yourself wanting to switch entirely to the power of nature. That’s exactly what Tam Hunt did with this off grid shower, using a catchment tank, pump, and filtration system to provide the water, and solar power to provide the hot water.

There was even enough juice left to power a phone charger and other personal devices, just in case you can’t completely pull yourself away from the real world. 

Tam has ditched pre-treated wood in favor of a lava-rock alcove set into the hills. With the exception of a little pipework, you could be forgiven for feeling like you’ve stepped into your own private waterfall. Though there’s no protection from the rain, there are few things that feel better than taking a hot shower in a fall rain shower. 

One of our favorite off grid shower ideas!

5. Cute, Eco-Friendly Off Grid Shower at Channel Rock, Ca

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Have you ever wanted your own treehouse, but felt like you’ve just gotten too old to get away with it? This thermosiphon shower doesn’t look far off in terms of design. Housed within a wooden shack is an off grid shower that uses two different types of heating to warm up your water supply. 

Am embedded water storage tank takes heat directly from the sun’s energy, while a thermosiphon-based heater uses a more complicated process based on convection. A solar panel heats the water in the storage tank, which rises against gravity into an insulated tank.

It’s a clever alternative to electricity and insulated enough that you should still be able to bask under a hot shower when the sun’s hiding behind the clouds.

6. Discreet and Minimalistic With Homestead Honey

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Gravity has been keeping everything in check for millions of years, even before we had electricity. With the proper setup, you just don’t need a power shower pump to get your heated water from A to B. And this off grid shower from Homestead Honey is proof of how effective a gravity-driven shower can be. There’s no electricity and no pumping mechanism. 

They’ve simply mounted an old half-cut Pepsi barrel into the trees and affixed some flexible tubing with an antique shower head. The water is heated over a fire and topped up by hand, and the pressure forces the water through the tubing and out of the shower head. Just don’t forget to mix some cold water in too; we all love a hot shower, but nobody likes getting burned. 

7. Private Off Grid Shower by Homestead Crossing Inc

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Nothing beats privacy, even if you are showering out in the wilds. Sometimes, you just need your own private cubicle complete with a door. And that’s exactly what Homestead Crossing have built here, right out in the tranquility of the stunning Ozarks. It’s little more than four walls and door crafted from treated lumber, with a water tank and a basin.

There are no mod-cons here whatsoever. A retired water tank sits on top of the treated timber cubicle, filled with water from the hose or by hand. But what about the heat? The water is heated directly by the sun’s rays every day and uses gravity to disperse from the shower head beneath. It’s simplistic, yet beautiful.

8. Go Rustic With a Safari Shower

This incredibly simple off grid shower idea gives you 20 liters of warm water per shower. It uses canvas, safari-style buckets attached to a pole. Rig up some pulleys to make the job easy!

This shower is in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.

9. Bucket Shower In Namibia

A similar off grid shower setup but with a metal bucket rather than canvas. This shower in Namibia is powered by solar energy – I love the privacy screen they’ve created!

10. The Hand-Held Sprayer Shower

Some muscle power is required but this is one of the easiest shower ideas I’ve seen. It may not give you the most immersive stream but it’ll do the job and it’s completely self sufficient – no power of any kind required!

This one’s painted black to help absorb the heat from the sun. Place it on a hot rock during the day to help it heat even more.

11. A Very Stylish Outdoor Shower From Ecco Temp

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If you’re not completely on board with the idea of showering under a water barrel or shower bag, then this off grid shower is a little closer to home.

It still uses propane and water from the mains, with a mixer tank that wouldn’t look out of place in your bathroom. But once you hook it up to a tree outdoors, you’ll feel like you’re miles from civilization.

12. Hot Water for Off Grid Showers by Off Grid Quest

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All off grid shower ideas are going to need hot water (well, it’s nice, anyway!) and not every setup is suited to drawing it directly from the sun. And let’s face it, half the joy of these showers is being able to sit under cascading hot water when it’s near freezing or you’re surrounded by snow.

Thankfully, you can take all the hot water you need from a homemade wood stove, which also meets your cooking needs. 

Off Grid Quest brings us another great example of the thermosiphon technique, where water circulates and heats indefinitely as long as the stove is lit. So, if you’ve got the space and you’ve got the wood, check out their clever design and create your own infinite supply of hot water without the need for any electricity.

13. Blending Into Nature With Outdoor Troop

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Why have a simple off grid shower outdoors when you can essentially have an entire bathroom? As Outdoor Troop have proven, you don’t have to stop at a single cubicle or a shower head mounted from a tree. Their solution is a far more ambitious walk-in shower that gives both privacy and space for more than one person. 

The shower is crafted almost entirely from old logs taken directly from the property, which is just perfect for creating a seamless look if you can get them, though other wood would fit too. Again, they’ve opted for heat directly from the sun, and the water is fed by gravity through to an old garden hose sprayer. You could be mistaken for thinking this shower had grown out of the ground itself.

14. DIY Weed Sprayer Shower by Livin Lightly

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Perhaps on of the most minimalist and true off grid shower ideas we’ve seen yet, this idea by Livin’ Lightly is little more than a weed sprayer and shower hose kit. There’s no shower pump, no electricity, and no propane. You’ll have to heat the water yourself and you won’t get an overly-long shower out of it, but you will be able to use it literally anywhere. 

With a few components you can pick up in most hardware stores, you’ll soon be taking hot showers anywhere that you can park up and start a campfire.

Just remember to buy yourself a new tank; there’s no telling whether any chemical residue might be lingering in a retired sprayer. Now you’ll be spraying those weeds in no time and at little cost, and when we say weeds we of course mean the kids.

15. Off Grid Ideas by My Homestead Life

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To round things off, we’ve got some alternative suggestions for you, because everyone needs to stay clean away from home. This article doesn’t just include off grid shower ideas. Rather, it is a really useful list of the options you have for creating your own off grid slice of heaven. 

If you really want to take it easy, you’ve got a garden hose – you’ll actually get enough heated water for multiple showers if you leave it out in the sun for long enough. Or, you could heat water straight from the campfire and wash inside of a basin, though these are the truly simple options. 

Solar shower bags are a cheap and straightforward way to rinse off and don’t take anything more than a quick trip to the store and a little heat from the sun.

Of course, if you’re strapped for time or resources, why not hit the nearest truck stop, recreational facility, or state park? In most cases, you’ll find shower facilities that’ll be happy to take you in.

Do you have an off grid shower or an amazing outdoor shower? We’d love to hear and see your ideas – please comment below!

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  • Jack of all trades, master of some. Wild garden grower. Loves creating stuff. From food forests and survival gardens to soap and yoghurt. A girl on a farm with two kids and one husband (yep, just one - although another one would be handy). Weirdly enjoys fixing fences and digging holes. Qualified permaculture teacher and garden go-to.

roddy6667

Sunday 17th of October 2021

All these showers are outside. What about people who live in areas that get cold?

Elle

Friday 22nd of October 2021

Hi, thanks for visiting! There are more off grid bathroom ideas in this article: https://www.outdoorhappens.com/off-grid-bathroom-ideas/, which includes many that are indoors. I used to live in Holland and my dad was a builder. We moved from building site to building site in two containers - one with the living room and kitchen, and one with 2 bedrooms. There was never enough room indoors for a bathroom, so it was always outside! It truly was cold to get to the shower and toilet and back to your bedroom! In the end, dad built a covered walkway that did make it a bit more bearable. My brother and I were only little so it was normal I suppose at the time. I now live in a tropical climate where most days, you don't need any heating for the water full stop - if you shower at the right time, the water in the hose is sun-heated!

Jimmy

Tuesday 5th of October 2021

Great inspiration for creating my own woodland natural shower. Many thanks

Elle

Thursday 7th of October 2021

Thanks Jimmy! We'd love to hear about your woodland shower once you've built it!