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prroots 05-27-2011 05:43 AM

Best readily available soap
I'm sure this has been often discussed but my searches yielded very little. Years ago we cruised with Joy as our soap for washing dishes and bathing in salt water. I'm wondering what is now recommended for each application. Suggestions please. On a recent passage, I believe we used Dawn which seemed to work OK.

MarioG 05-28-2011 06:58 AM

We have Dawn aboard but you can tell we are new at first mate also has hand soap amd body was and 2 types pf shampoo :o)
Shes got long thick hair so she needs them.

tattoosteve 05-28-2011 10:16 AM

joy still works best

miatapaul 09-19-2011 10:42 AM

I think I remember a discussion on Cruisers net, though it may of been elsewhere, that said the Joy/Saltwater performance was grossly overstated. The seemingly universal agreement was that any quality soap should work.

RedtheBear 10-27-2011 11:10 PM

The Bear's two cents:
Joy works well in fresh water and reasonalbly good in brackish water(read fresh water fed marinias) but to ME, (read Opinion) dawn grease cutter is best in salt water for dish water. For hair try any coconut oil base shampoo. I can't really verify this as I don"t have that problem. For body wash, sorry ladies, Lava! It cuts through every thing, grease, fuel oil, paint and varnish and general crud and is great exfolient. For landry try Borax, though for certain undergarments it may not be the best choice.
Just my views and findings.

prroots 03-08-2012 11:26 AM

Re: Best readily available soap
We wonder if anyone has other recommendations?

CruiseICW 04-06-2012 01:21 PM

Re: Best readily available soap
White Rain shampoo lathers up great in salt water.

travlin-easy 04-06-2012 04:41 PM

Re: Best readily available soap
Been using Dawn for about 15 years--works great for everything, saltwater or freshwater.

Gary :cool:

bigdogandy 04-06-2012 06:15 PM

Re: Best readily available soap
I like Dawn for washing the dishes and Dr. Bronner's peppermint castile soap for everything related to washing me. It comes highly concentrated so a small bottle goes a long way. You can find it at most health food stores.

nailbunnySPU 06-11-2012 09:39 PM

Re: Best readily available soap
Seconded on dr bronners castille soap. It works supernaturally well on cleaning gelcoat stains and baked-on grease. I use it for hands, dishes, body, hair, deck, cabin sole. Foaming dispensers and spray bottles work better for everything, basically.

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