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Best Multipurpose soap?
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christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
Best Multipurpose soap? on 02/13/2012 00:39:37 MST Print View

I know there's a lot of talk on here about dr bronners, but it seems to leave a lot of residue on me.
Anyone have an alternative soap they recommend? (Something good for body, hair, and laundry.)

Leslie Thurston
(lesler) - F

Locale: right here, right now
"Best Multipurpose soap?" on 02/13/2012 06:06:14 MST Print View

having formerly used dr.b's, never again...i experieced the same.
i've found straight-up baking soda mixed w/ a dash (or two) of
either eucalyptus and/or tea tree oil (both of which are known anti-bacterial agents; tea tree essential oil i tote anywho, as it's great for foot fungus and eucalyptus a renowned bug repellent). baking soda is actually great too for body and hair-- experiement at home first. leaves a squeaky clean!
bottom line: super cheap, entirely accessible and proven effectiveness.
i use b.s. in the frontcountry on a regular basis-- i add 1/4-1/2 cup or so to my
gear laundry. helps minimize stench.
perhaps too, consider a different brand-- dr.woods
(docs represent!)
or clay-based soaps super good too, but burn a hole in your wallet!

Steven McAllister
(brooklynkayak) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic North East
Baking Soda on 02/13/2012 07:09:35 MST Print View

Baking soda can be an irritant because of it's PH.

I found out the hard way when I didn't thoroughly rinse.

I suspect as long as you carefully rinse and don't rub it in.

Also, I don't recommend using smelly stuff in th outdoors. Not just bears, most critters have a better sense of smell than humans. Stinging insects, raccoons, mice, etc... are attracted to smelly stuff.

Edited by brooklynkayak on 02/13/2012 07:10:28 MST.

Paul Wagner
(balzaccom) - F

Locale: Wine Country
soap on 02/13/2012 17:12:33 MST Print View

We don't use a lot of soap, but when we do, it's a tiny bit of Dawn--the same stuff they use to get oil out of bird feathers after an oil spill. Very concentrated, one 3 oz bottle usually lasts us more than a year...

And we carry it in a tiny shampoo bottle I stole from a cheap hotel. grin

Ben F
(tekhna) - F
soap on 02/13/2012 17:51:24 MST Print View

Olive oil soap. It's hard to find good stuff in the US, but go to your local Arab grocery store and look around for olive oil soap. It might be called ghar (غار). It'll probably be from Nablus, Palestine, and it'll probably be pretty cheap. The best stuff is wonderful for your skin and mild enough for use on your hair, but even the cheap stuff works well enough. The very best comes from Syria, but you obviously can't get it in the US.

Matthew Zion
(mzion) - F

Locale: Boulder, CO
Re: Soap? on 02/13/2012 19:09:54 MST Print View

Why do you need soap? Boiling water and denatured alcohol provides all I need for sanitation.

Matthew Perry
(bigfoot2) - F

Locale: Oregon
Pocket Soap Leaves. on 02/13/2012 21:50:26 MST Print View

After years of using liquid soap, i have found that the Sea To Summit Pocket Soap Leaves are the best for me. I use half a sliver and it is more than enough for hand washing, pots, body wash or shampoo. Only weighs half an ounce and lasts forever.


Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Soap? on 02/13/2012 22:08:51 MST Print View

Don't use denatured alcohol on your skin. Read the label.

Matthew Zion
(mzion) - F

Locale: Boulder, CO
Re: Denatured on 02/13/2012 22:41:06 MST Print View


After several JP5 showers, handling of copper beryllium and many other toxic goodies in the Chem lab I find methanol a bit timid. It's primary danger is ingestion.

Quick bit of history -- Common belief that moonshine can/could make you go blind comes from prohibition when bootleggers use to cut ethanol products with commercially available methanol. One -CH3 is the difference between going blind and having a good time :)

Brian Keith Gunter

Locale: Midwest
Bronners Residue Gunk on 02/14/2012 11:07:12 MST Print View

You can get rid of the Bronner's "gunk" feel in your hair by applying a small amount of apple cider vinegar to your hair after washing. Let it sit in for a minute then rinse, or not. Its the cheapest cream rinse you can get and I think it helps the ph balance too.

My wife turned me on to this.

Leslie Thurston
(lesler) - F

Locale: right here, right now
Best Multipurpose soap?" apple cider vin advice on 02/15/2012 09:37:22 MST Print View

as brian mentioned, yes, acv GREAT to offset the grease factor.
operative word: SMALL.
else it will dry your locks and the sun will fry them dead!

christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
Sea to summit soap? on 02/23/2012 01:21:31 MST Print View

Anyone use this stuff?

Edited by hamsterfish on 02/23/2012 01:22:17 MST.

Chris Quinn
(cquinn) - MLife

Locale: North Queensland
re: Sea to summit soap? on 02/23/2012 02:01:59 MST Print View

I use the Sea to Summit Wilderness Wash for all of my soap and detergent needs when bushwalking - as shampoo, for dishwashing, laundry, the lot. I bought the 17oz (500ml) bottle, and decant into a smaller container. It works well, leaves no residue, and a little does go a long way.