- Jun 21, 2019 at 2:23 am #3598662
Ken ThompsonBPL Member
@hereLocale: Right there
“Congress enacted a ban that effectively removed phosphates from laundry detergents in 1993.“Jun 21, 2019 at 3:17 pm #3598702
Bruce TolleyBPL Member
@btolleyLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
Tide concentrated powdered detergent is labeled “biodegradable.” You can also buy the version that is free of perfumes and dyes.
As Dr Jordan points out above many of the liquid “soaps” are not very good at cleaning clothes. My reservation with powdered Tide and unsupervised Scouts would be the toxic properties of the powder. But this risk could be mitigated with some attention to the care and handling of the powder just like chlorine dioxide pills.Jun 21, 2019 at 10:08 pm #3598736
Brad PBPL Member
These younger generations are known for eating Tide.Jun 29, 2019 at 11:42 am #3599889
Nate WardBPL Member
@tdawardLocale: The woods of the South
I used a super size zip lock one year and shook it vigorously…3-4 drops of camp suds and enough water to get the agitation….the next time I use a sea to summit kitchen sink and did one piece at a time…that worked a little better since I really didn’t have anything to wash but what I wore that day.Jun 29, 2019 at 3:36 pm #3599908
MJ HBPL Member
These younger generations are known for eating Tide.
But not while backpacking. Exact numbers are hard to come by, but it looks like a Tide Pod weights about an ounce and has 20 calories. The energy density is just too low.Jun 29, 2019 at 7:01 pm #3599916Jun 29, 2019 at 9:24 pm #3599923
David ThomasBPL Member
@davidinkenaiLocale: North Woods. Far North.
For a sturdy, small (free) container, I like the energy shots sold all over. I find the empty containers in the trash, around convenience stores, and at the recycling center. 2 fluid ounces. 60 ml. A nice water-proof screw lid. Very strong sides (it won’t get crushed in your pack). It would carry far more than enough powdered Tide for a few people-weeks of backpacking laundry, because, as stated above, it only takes a pinch to wash several garments in a dry sack. Take the plastic label off and you’re left with a white plastic bottle.
Jun 30, 2019 at 1:37 am #3599956Jun 30, 2019 at 3:14 am #3599969
Jim ColtenBPL Member
Was doing one last inventory of what I was taking for two weeks in the Sierra Nevada and when my host saw my small bottle of powdered tide and took it away with the words “I’ll give you something better”.
He came back with this and filled a 1 oz bottle saying “Vicki got me started with this. Vicki ( a mutual friend) is the cleanest backpacker I’ve ever met so I gave it a try.
I cleaned underwear and socks every day (only brought two pair of each) also shorts and shirt once and didn’t use it all.
I like using the 1 gallon ziplock bag for laundry but use 2 gallon bags if I anticipate washing larger items.
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