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Old 08-21-2017, 01:03 AM   #1
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Default Saltwater laundry soap

I have used dishwashing liquid in sea water, with marginal results. Powdered detergent is useless. So I combined them .Works great in sea water. One can save a lot of fresh water that way and, if you want ,simply do the rinse in fresh water.

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Old 08-21-2017, 01:00 PM   #2
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It's a good tip Brent. For washing one's grubby body in seawater, Dr Bronner's is brilliant. But, the story I wish to relate is about washing one's clothes. I had a netting bag, into which I would put my dirty laundry. Tow it behind the boat for half a day, then retrieve it and rinse. Works very well just as long as you tie a very secure knot to your bundle. On one occasion I was a little lax in this regard and lost some clothes, including my best boat shorts and t-shirt.

Streaming ropes over the stern is also a good way to clean up those that have got dirty in the anchor well. It also demonstrates the considerable amount of drag that could be a huge help when running in big seas.

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Old 08-22-2017, 05:48 PM   #3
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Nappy San works for me.
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Old 08-25-2017, 03:58 PM   #4
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Old 08-26-2017, 09:26 AM   #5
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The old standard Palmolive Shampoo by Colgate is the best salt water soap I have come across for both hair, body and clothes washing in salt water.
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