By Tom Neale, 1/21/2011
1. When we first began full time cruising we bathed in the ocean using dish washing soap because it would lather even in salt water. We didn’t do this for long.
2. Sea water in anchorages in the Bahamas, Keys and Caribbean isn’t always very clean.
3. It may be clean if a strong current is washing through from the open ocean, but then you may have to worry about getting swept away---or having your bottle of soap getting swept away.
4. We also found that everyday cuts and scratches wouldn’t heal well and would often develop into sores because of the constant immersion in sea water—even though we rinsed with fresh water afterwards.
5. Some people take to this more readily than others. Don’t assume it’ll work for you unless you’ve tried it for at least several weeks and all is OK with your skin.
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