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1. Posted by Bibbie (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I want a three in one body wash/shampoo/laundry soap to cut down the excess size in my shower bag. I used to travel with a shampoo and a conditioner and a cake of body soap and clothes washing detergent.
Over the past 37 years of annual overseas travel, I have reduced this to a shampoo/conditioner combined, a liquid body wash and a small bottle of strong concentrated washing detergent.
I have tried to 'buy local' but the last three trips have been to the Middle East and Central Asia and it was a nuisance buying a local large bottle of clothes detergent - there were no 'small' options - for a 3 week trip when I was only washing my clothes every couple of days.
Please note - not because I had an extensive wardrobe, but because I was on an archaeological dig project and the work shirt and work cargo pants were on a regular daily recycle program and the socks, knickers and bra were turned inside out and lasted two days before changing. I was with a mixed group of 12 so there were no concerns with ‘smelly clothes’ - we were all practising the same recycle program.
Any suggestions for a three in one soap to meet these needs?

2. Posted by paulmacpaul (Full Member 107 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I think shampoo/condition/bath soap would be ok. But not the detergent. You see, the skin and the clothes have different needs. The skin is better with soaps with vitamin E or those fragrant ones. The clothes need the detergent that might be too strong to use on the skin. Body soaps/baths are also too mild for washing clothes.

3. Posted by enf (Budding Member 32 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!


Lifeventure does a 3-in-1 bottle (nice and small too) which I used for hand-washing clothes (before it ran out!) - you can buy it in all the big outdoors shops or online. It can be used for clothes, dishes and for washing yourself, although I only used it for clothes and it was fine. Maybe worth a look?


4. Posted by sez127 (Budding Member 48 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!


Get yourself to Lush if you're in the UK! Ignore the smell as you enter the shop and persevere lol. They do a good range of solid shampoo & conditioner bars that are suitable for washing clothes and even shaving your legs too. I purchased one a while ago to try out and I was really impressed- didn't dry my hair out like I'd expected and I have fussy hair lol! They are small, puck shaped a few inches in diameter and comes in a little tin. I've been raving about them since I tried it lol! They do 2 in 1 bars or seperate shampoo & conditioner bars.

They're not for everyone as I guess a lot of people dont like the idea of it being solid but they lather up pretty good and last for ages at a good price :)

Hope this helps some! :)


5. Posted by Jadabond (Budding Member 11 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Lush is a great place for getting solid soaps/shampoos/and conditioners. The best thing about them is you can carry them on the plane.

If you want to cut down on what you take, I personally use shampoo for my hair, body wash, and I even use it to wash my clothes. Then you just need shampoo and conditioner. I use conditioner for shaving my legs and it make them really soft.

Jade Johnston

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

6. Posted by Sam2000 (Inactive 121 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

The LifeVenture stuff is good. I used it extensively whilst trekking in Bulgaria for six weeks. I used it for everything including washing food.

Also, I can recommend Lush in the UK, I am a bloke but they have a number of products that are well-suited to travelling so occassionally wander in there. The smell is a bit overpowering but quite pleasant whence you get used to it! The solid soap/shampoo bars are good and there is such a variety! Really useful for short trips where you only have hand luggage to take on the plane.

They have started selling solid toothpaste tablety things as well, which I am trialling at the moment, again, useful for flying and short trips. They don't need another water though taste a bit odd!