Outdoor showers have always been popular for beach-dwellers, but they are becoming more mainstream for large, upscale houses and tiny off grid cabins alike. An outdoor shower is great for cooling down on hot summer days, but it is also useful for those who spend their days getting dirty in the garden, doing yardwork, or as a way to clean up grubby kids and pets. And if the water is heated by the sun, they are incredibly economical.
Solar showers can be purchased from a variety of places, but they are also a fairly simple project for DIYers who want to save money. Check out these solar shower ideas – from ultra fancy to super rustic – that can be built simply and on a budget.
This gorgeous outdoor shower is a pretty elaborate setup, with lots of space and a huge solar batch heater for the water. While it looks expensive, the batch heater and plumbing parts were found on Craigslist for cheap. See more pictures and information about this project on Homesteading Today.
This outdoor shower is a bit more rustic, but made from very inexpensive and repurposed materials. The walls are recycled wood pallets and a black hose serves as the water collector/heater. See the plans for this setup at DIY Pallet Furniture.
Here is another very simple DIY shower that uses all inexpensive, repurposed materials. The tank is an old water heater painted black to absorb the heat of the sun during the day, the base is a $5 garage sale find, and the walls are cut from a piece of privacy fence. via Mother Earth News
This awesome little treehouse has a space underneath for a solar shower. The black hose water collector sits on the south side of the treehouse roof and is very effective, providing very hot water to the shower. via Kids From Kanata
Here is another DIY solar shower made dirt cheap from recycled materials. The simple water tank is made from a piece of black pipe that provides enough hot water for an 8-10 minute shower. The inside is finished with beautiful cedar siding. See the full setup at Proficient Prepping.
Since the black hose method seems to be so effective for DIY outdoor showers, here is a quick video showing how to make one. This can also be used to heat an outdoor pool or sauna, or anything else you might need hot water for.