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Old 04-24-15, 03:46 PM
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Originally Posted by robert schlatte
Dr. Bronners. I tend to bathe in lakes or streams when I am camping and Dr. Bronner's is kinder on the environment than other soaps. Plus I like to read the tidbits of wisdom on the label.
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Old 04-24-15, 06:33 PM
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Originally Posted by woodysroad
Have not seen the "leaves" before, think I will try them, thanks for the idea and other info provided
You can also make your own "leaves". Bar of your favorite soap and a vegetable peeler.
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Old 04-24-15, 06:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Bicycle365
You can also make your own "leaves". Bar of your favorite soap and a vegetable peeler.
I like this, thanks
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If you were going to the hospital say for a visit, you might be a little concerned about picking up MRSA. About one third of people carry MRSA, and don't even know it. And like most of us have been taught, wash your hands, after touching just about anything outside of your house! And don't use anti-bacterial soaps. It is totally un-necessary. I worked in a hospital for 6 years, and remember well when they put alcohol based hand washing stations everywhere. Most of these have been removed-except in hospitals. Lots of people are sick in hospitals, and or their immune systems are challenged. That is the reason why it is VERY important to clean your hands, don't pick your nose, cover your sneezes and coughs. Hand washing and regular old soap is still the best answer.
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When I lived in Europe I got hooked on a travel detergent called Rei in der Tube which comes, surprise, surprise, in a little tube. It's supposed to be for laundry, but worked pretty well for me and my hair as well when needed.
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Baby shampoo for everything.

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I never knew I could use baby shampoo as a decent substitution for laundry soap
Thanks !
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I use whatever I can buy in the market. There ain't no fancy soap in the market... Lasts forever anyway.
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Originally Posted by robow
I never knew I could use baby shampoo as a decent substitution for laundry soap
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You can use many shampoos as a decent substitution for laundry soap. The cheap, clear (as opposed to thick and milky) shampoos are probably better and you only need a little dab. Don't go crazy pouring it in.

8 months on the road travelling around the world, and that's what we used ... we just picked up smallish bottles of cheap shampoo and used it for everything.
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Old 05-04-15, 07:34 PM
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Originally Posted by gregjones
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I like it up north where "hard" water is more common. Central Wisconsin and Michigan UP come to mind. It will lather a bunch and especially rinse off well. I've showered in Ontario, Oregon and swear I couldn't get rid of Ivory. I use a few shavings of it for laundry.
I ordered four bars of the Kirk's soap, and per another suggestion above I used a veggie peeler and shaved some into the washer with my bike clothes after a ride today. I thought it worked well. I also ordered some of the "leaves" from REI referenced above in another reply. I used three to wash the same clothes after a ride yesterday. They seemed clean, but didn't smell as fresh as today's wash with the Kirk's. I think I will take both, using the Kirk's for bathing and the leaves for laundry, maybe occasionally using the bar soap for laundry. I like them both.
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Originally Posted by woodysroad
Are there strong opinions about what kind of bath soap and detergent for laundry you like to carry while touring? For years while backpacking and cycle touring I carried Dr. Bronner's peppermint soap. Then a couple years ago a nurse told me that I should use Dial antibacterial (gold) to prevent MRSA bacterial infections. I did, but then had to pack a few "pods" of laundry detergent and small travel size bottle of shampoo, where in the past I had used Dr. Bronner's for everything (bath, shampoo, dish detergent, and laundry). I'm back to thinking maybe I will just carry Dr. Bronner's again. Anyone have other ideas?
Always liked Bronner's for home use so a natural to use for touring or general travel also. Rinses clean unlike mass-market bar soaps/liquid body washes. Works nice on bike mirrors & sunglasses. For laundry I guess it's OK, maybe one of the Nikwax-type products might be a bit better.

Interesting tips from other posters about using shampoo for all-purpose cleaning. I assume it would have to be certain types w/o conditioners. But shampoo can damage anodizing? Ouch, more powerful than I assumed.

I'd avoid the anti-bacterial stuff unless one has a problem with infection. Alcohol-based hand wipe dries out the skin. Long history of problems with anti-bacterial washes like the popular products (Dial, PhisoHex etc) that contained hexachlorophene.
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usually just pick up whatever shampoo is available in a small bottle (100 ml)
at the thrift store bargain bin. found head&shoulders works great for laundry.

keep one of the tiny motel bottles of shampoo and a small square of
scrubber pad in the back pocket of the rear panniers. a couple drops of
shampoo (no water) and a few seconds with the scrubber followed by a
quick rinse will completely remove all traces of grease from your hands.
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delcrossv, I carried Kirks soap on a tour down the Mississippi River Trail June 9-July 11, per your suggestion, and loved it. I don't know that I've ever used a soap of any kind that lathered that well. I used it for shampoo and bathing. Thanks for the tip
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Most drug store have what are called trial sizes, 1-4 oz and perfect for travel. I mix shampoo and dish soap together.
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Originally Posted by woodysroad
Are there strong opinions about what kind of bath soap and detergent for laundry you like to carry while touring? For years while backpacking and cycle touring I carried Dr. Bronner's peppermint soap. Then a couple years ago a nurse told me that I should use Dial antibacterial (gold) to prevent MRSA bacterial infections. I did, but then had to pack a few "pods" of laundry detergent and small travel size bottle of shampoo, where in the past I had used Dr. Bronner's for everything (bath, shampoo, dish detergent, and laundry). I'm back to thinking maybe I will just carry Dr. Bronner's again. Anyone have other ideas?
I use Dr Bronner's peppermint liquid soap and Dr Bronner's eucalyptus liquid soap for my MSRA
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