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Soap for salt & fresh water

We are getting ready to cruise to the Bahamas and I'm looking for the best soap that can be used in salt and fresh water. I would like to use the same soap for as many tasks as possible (shampoo, clothes, dishes & showering). Any ideas or am I asking too much of one product?
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What about good old "JOY" dish detergent? Would love a gallon bottle. I guess the Dawn might have a floral aroma?
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We've always used Joy (or Dawn, or whatever) liquid dish soap for cruiser's showers in salt water, with a fresh water rinse in the cockpit. However I have been told by a member of the fairer sex that it's harsh on the hair. Me, I can't tell the difference, but then I don't have all that much hair.
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I buy Palmolive dish soap in the large bottle, from which I refill a small bottle, that I use for most things. I also buy the 12 pack of large bars of Ivory soap for showering.
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We tried Lemon Joy (makes lots of foamy bubbles in anything, warm or cold, salt or fresh), Castile Soap, and Shaklee Basic-H concentrate. Finally I decided that, yes, it was possible to do all our cleaning jobs with one product, and yes, it was also asking a bit much of any one product. Each of these "could" do all the jobs, but couldn't do all the jobs WELL. We're in this cruising thing long-term (10 years and counting so far) and hadn't found a cleaner that didn't feel like it was compromised in one application or another. And over the long haul (we've been living aboard fulltime for 10 years and counting) it felt like camping out. When you think about it, the simplicity is nice in theory, but in practice, it doesn't take so much space for an extra bottle or two. It was worth finding space on the boat for a nice cleanser that was gentle on my sun- and wind-burned skin, and a shampoo/conditioner that made my hair happy.
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