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Old 13-12-2010, 06:50   #31
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Besides Eco-Laundry detergents, another option (with the added benefits of less space, weight and packaging) is Soap Nuts:
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Sounds kind of like “new age” bull, to me.
I'm not too certain I want to risk black nuts, either.

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... My Nuts have turned black and sticky! What’s up? ...
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Old 13-12-2010, 06:55   #32
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My Nuts have turned black and sticky! What’s up?
So, were you Googling to help this thread, or just remembered the thread when you got the hits?

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Old 20-12-2010, 18:57   #33
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What exactly is a peapole, and how can I make sure not to inadvertently disturb one?
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Old 20-12-2010, 19:40   #34
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Soap of any kind is not necessary to wash clothes unless there are greasy stains, in which case a spray on de-greaser is useful. I have not used soap in my washing machine for years, and my clothes come out just....

Hmmm... I wonder why I never get any dates?
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Old 20-12-2010, 19:48   #35
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buy soaps that say biodegradeable and throw it into the bilge and pump it out--even laundry water has to have a second use--i save my body wash water for my laundry and i hang my stuff out to dry as inconspicuously as possible. soaking feet in laundry wash also is a good idea. sometimes i wash my decks with the laundry water and rinse with sea water. i have a formosa so my boat doesnt shrink with sea water...LOL


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Soap of any kind is not necessary to wash clothes unless there are greasy stains, in which case a spray on de-greaser is useful. I have not used soap in my washing machine for years, and my clothes come out just....

Hmmm... I wonder why I never get any dates?

i find i need soap in my laundry for the dirt that gets ingrained from boat work..is a dirty job.also, stinky bod smell doesnt come out without soap. oops -- could be, gorilla toast..lol
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Old 20-12-2010, 19:54   #36
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i hang my stuff out to dry as inconspicuously as possible.
Maybe you should get some other clothes on while you are hanging the wet stuff.
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Old 20-12-2010, 21:12   #37
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I get mine done at this little place in the marina. I've no idea what stuff they use but I tell myself it's 'green' as i'm helping the local ecconomy!
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Old 21-12-2010, 04:59   #38
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Besides Eco-Laundry detergents, another option (with the added benefits of less space, weight and packaging) is Soap Nuts:
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That is very cool. I'd heard of soaproot but not soap nuts. Have you tried them?

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Avast! I had a wonder wash, it was great but gave it away in Langkawi. then washed in the back of the zodiac inflatable dingy pulled up the beach from fresh water streams! works great for sleeping bags and large items. Also, when it rains heavily and the zodiac has 3" of water in it, throw in all the dirty laundry and wash away! you can wash in salt water and rinse in fresh when fresh is scarce.
Or just sail naked or have pair of boardies in the tropics and wash them when you go surfing?
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We have had success using our salad spinner for cooking and laundry, particularly underwear.

I recommend rinsing the salad spinner between jobs.
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Old 21-12-2010, 08:35   #41
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phosphates were removed from detergent back in the 60's.
Just in the US. Plenty of soaps worldwide still use phosphates (Mexican detergents in particular).

I agree with some of the other things in this thread:

- "eco friendly" soaps not only work fine, but on a boat I find them better. The Trader Joe's dish soap works great in salt water and rinses clean even in cold water. With Joy you have a soapy residue that won't come off unless blasted with hot water.

- don't wash anything in sea water unless you don't like it very much or you have an incredible amount of fresh water to fully rinse it.

- the bucket / plunger approach works nice considering you probably have a bucket on board already and the plunger takes up little room. No moving parts (except for you). Plunge a few minutes, let it soak, plunge a few more, repeat a few times.
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Besides Eco-Laundry detergents, another option (with the added benefits of less space, weight and packaging) is Soap Nuts:
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funny

I am not sure what a picture of breastfeeding has to do with soap, natural or otherwise, but hey...

and for those that didnt click the link, i am sure that site will get a little more action... heheheh
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What exactly is a peapole, and how can I make sure not to inadvertently disturb one?
if you dont know, then I am sure yours hasnt been disturbed in quite the while!!!
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We have had success using our salad spinner for cooking and laundry, particularly underwear.

I recommend rinsing the salad spinner between jobs.
A good rinse is a good idea. At home I use a wonder wash and a spin drier, but this looks like it is good for one person. I could live without the wonder wash as it is really not much more effective than a 5 gallon bucket, but the spin drier is really helpful, especially for sweaters and towels that take for ever to dry otherwise. I find after the spin drier polyester shirts (performance fabric types) are dry inside of an hour. Blue jeans take over night instead of days, on the boat even less time as they are outside to dry.
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Trousers/jeans towed behind the boat on a line then light wash n rinse works... at anchor a large bowl of soapy water, Spanish music and maraca's...
Leave clothes to soak for 1/2 hour... start music, remove shoes, pick up maraca's, step in bowl and start dancing...
Avoid detergents with whiteners.. fish don't like it...
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