Originally Posted by 38thfoot
Not sure if any use to anyone, as a soldier any form of deployment or training exercise usually involves getting fairly grubby (ok mingly dirty) and normally covered in cuts and scratches.
Someone in the dim and distant past reccomended carrying a small travel toiletries bottle, (mine came from bodyshop but any will do) filled up with antiseptic hand soap. A tiny amount used as shower gell/soap every couple of days helps prevent the numerous small cuts and scrathes getting infected and hopefully maintains a healthy rather than explosive digestive system.
A small bottle 2inchs high by an inch or so diameter seems to last for ages.
I'd recommend Hibiscrub for this purpose. It's a commercial-grade, anti-bacterial hand wash and supposedly kills MRSA, HIV, etc, etc. I suppose you could use it for shower gel but it stinks. It comes in 1/2 litre bottles so ask someone who works in a hospital, nursing home, etc, to fill a small medicine bottle for you. They obviously don't use it enough so they should have plenty spare.
I used to do a lot of hiking and camping when I was at school (years ago, Duke of Edinburgh Award). We had this mad, ex-army bloke as an instructor who told us that Woolworths own brand washing up liquid was what the RSPB used to clean seagulls caught in oil slicks. His logic said it was therefore good enough for us to use as shower gel!