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Old 09-29-2020, 03:16 PM   #1
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Soap or body wash?

Hi all,


Just curious what kind do you use in the shower? Last trip when we dumped the gray tank, a film of some kind came out at the end. My husband says it looks like bubbles/soap scum film. I use Bath & Body works body wash, and hand soap. Is this not good for the gray pipes/holding tank?

What do you all suggest and use.


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Old 09-29-2020, 03:29 PM   #2
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There are store bought and homemade remedies for cleaning gray (and black) tanks. So, our family uses whatever soap preference does the job for each one of us. Liquid soap is my wife's preference for her and the kids. I use bar soap. Never had a problem with either.
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bar soaps are what scum up everything, use a good liquid body soap. we never have a problem in our R/V or our home tubs and walk in shower.
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In our younger years we used to use all types of bar soaps, liquid soaps and body washes at the house. In the RV shower nowadays, as we navy shower being boondockers we typically use shampoo for everything all over body wise followed by hair conditioner where pertinent. We use either liquid soap or a hard bar soap for sink washing. Never had an issue with any grey tank film or build up in over 20+ years, but we don't use any soaps to excess except Dawn for dishes, which maybe helps considerably???
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Body Wash if it is going into any kind of holding tank before dump. Standard advice for boaters.
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It might be something being dumped down your sink.
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The cleanest rinse we've gotten is with Dr Bronner's liquid soap -- a few drops are all you need. It saves a lot of water (quick rinse), and there is no gummy residue at all.

Not all markets carry it -- look for it at the "health food" type stores.

It is expensive, but a little goes a long, long way.

It comes in several types -- we like lavender. Do not get the peppermint. It feels minty fresh, which can feel a little odd in certain places.
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The hardener in bar soap (to keep the soap firm) is what causes the scum. We stopped using bar soap years ago. Body wash is so much better. Some brands of leave a feeling like soft water does after a shower. I went through several brands to find one that leaves nothing behind, and now use Irish Spring (Charcoal).
Also, no residue remains on the shower glass or tile. I do use a squeegee after the shower on the glass and tile.


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the hardener in bar soap (to keep the soap firm) is what causes the scum. We stopped using bar soap years ago. Body wash is so much better. Some brands of leave a feeling like soft water does after a shower. I went through several brands to find one that leaves nothing behind, and now use irish spring (charcoal).
Also, no residue remains on the shower glass or tile. I do use a squeegee after the shower on the glass and tile.


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this right hear ^^^^
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toilet pods for grey tank

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It might be something being dumped down your sink.

Charliez may have a point. We routinely dissolve one of the 'toilet' pods in the kitchen sink to add whatever breaks down the stuff in the black tank to our grey tank. The packaging label suggests this, too, but is in the fine print.
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We wipe all our plates and cookware before washing so that they are as free of grease and food particles as possible. It seems to help as the sensors still read correctly and no sludge buildup.
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Thanks everyone for your responses. I will only use body wash, and be extra careful when we're (DH), is washing dishes. We're always learning new things on this crazy journey with our trailer.

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The hardener in bar soap (to keep the soap firm) is what causes the scum. We stopped using bar soap years ago. Body wash is so much better. Some brands of leave a feeling like soft water does after a shower. I went through several brands to find one that leaves nothing behind, and now use Irish Spring (Charcoal).
Also, no residue remains on the shower glass or tile. I do use a squeegee after the shower on the glass and tile.


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Yep absolutely correct. Switched to liquid body wash and the showers stay much cleaner= very little soap scum. Safe Travels
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