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My new job doesn't have showers (or bike racks, or a decent route for that matter) but I want to get back in to bike commuting. I picked up some No-Rinse shampoo and soap for washing up once I get there.

I haven't had a chance to try them out yet so I was wondering if anyone had used them before. I should be able to test them out this weekend and will post back with the results.

Link to product page: http://www.norinse.com/
 

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I don't have showers at work right now either. I use Comfort Personal Cleansing Bath Ultra Thick Premoistened Washcloths made by Sage Products. They are essentially disposable washrags that hospitals use for bedridden patients. I get them at drug stores and they come in a box that holds four packages of 8 each. You can do head to toe and toss it in the trash. Much better than baby wipes. If it is cold outside, the pack is microwaveable.
 

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I looked at wipes as well but went with the liquid in a bottle so that I can launder and reuse a washcloth instead of throwing away the wipes. If this stuff doesn't work then I'll make the switch.
 

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bigbill said:
I don't have showers at work right now either. I use Comfort Personal Cleansing Bath Ultra Thick Premoistened Washcloths made by Sage Products. They are essentially disposable washrags that hospitals use for bedridden patients. I get them at drug stores and they come in a box that holds four packages of 8 each. You can do head to toe and toss it in the trash. Much better than baby wipes. If it is cold outside, the pack is microwaveable.
Never heard of such a thing... That sounds perfect for flame filled desert camping trips!
 

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Jon, I've been commuting for the last month...I always shower and shampoo before I leave home...

it's only 75-80 degrees in the morning so it's not too bad when I get to work.... I wipe myself down with baby wipes and keep some Speed Stick handy....... I keep my hair pretty short....

Now the way home is a different story....100 degrees........I jump in the pool as soon as I get home....
 

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I'm on the cusp of starting to commute by bike to work. I was really wondering what to do about my hair. It's kinda short so I was just going to bring a washcloth in a ziploc and just get it good and wet and then towel it off. Good plan or should I reevaluate?
 

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Sounds like a good plan to me. You could even use a couple drops of soap and then rinse out the washcloth and use that to "rinse" before toweling dry.
 

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I just started commuting this week and like Dave said its not super hot in the morning so I really don't sweat much. When I get to work I sit and cool down for 10-15 and then I grab my stuff and proceed to wipe down and change. I actually feel pretty good after that; not the nasty feel after a good workout. On the way home its hot and I do get nasty..
 

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I've had one place I worked where I didn't have showers. I used showering wipes that I got at the local chain grocery store. Just sit at the desk and go through the morning email and cool down to where you have stopped sweating before you clean yourself up. It's the 2nd sweat that starts you really stinking.
 

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nonsleepingjon said:
I looked at wipes as well but went with the liquid in a bottle so that I can launder and reuse a washcloth instead of throwing away the wipes. If this stuff doesn't work then I'll make the switch.
I really don’t like using disposables either. I also stay away from plastic containers. I found that Lush solid bar shampoo/soaps and their Aromacreme solid deodorant work really well. One shampoo bar lasts me 4 to 6 weeks and the deodorant bar lasts me 6 months or so. I have bar tins to keep both in. You really just need a sink in a bathroom at work to clean up. I have a bag with the Lush, washcloths, a towel, brush, hair dryer and make-up at the office. I wring out the washcloths really well and let them and the towel hang dry during the day.<o></o>
 

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kaotikgrl said:
I really don’t like using disposables either. I also stay away from plastic containers. I found that Lush solid bar shampoo/soaps and their Aromacreme solid deodorant work really well. One shampoo bar lasts me 4 to 6 weeks and the deodorant bar lasts me 6 months or so. I have bar tins to keep both in. You really just need a sink in a bathroom at work to clean up. I have a bag with the Lush, washcloths, a towel, brush, hair dryer and make-up at the office. I wring out the washcloths really well and let them and the towel hang dry during the day.<o></o>
Are you able to rinse your hair in the sink or can you leave in the solid shampoo stuff? Also, the fragrances that they have are probably a lot more appealing to my woman than they are to me. I have an aversion to smelling like food, fruit, flowers, etc. Maybe if they had one that smelled like duct tape and wd-40 ... :rolleyes: :D
 

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I use Playtex Personal Cleansing Wipes... don't care for the smell of baby wipes.

<img src="http://us.st11.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/yhst-29523360387793_2001_311022360" />

I much prefer to smell like a clean female genitalia, soothes and refreshes too.
 

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Experiment Complete

I tried out the No-Rinse products. Here's the report.

Plan
My brother decided he didn't like the bushes along his side walk any more and so was going to remove them. My wife decided they would look great in front of our house instead.

Experiment Procedure
We started Friday night and uprooted half of the bushes from his house. We then proceeded to remove some ugly shrubs from the front of my house. This is best done by attaching one end of a tow rope to the bush and the other end to the bumper of a 1978 4x4 International Scout II. As a side note, the look on my wife's face as she saw my brother driving across the lawn was priceless. I truly wish I had pictures. In any case, we then proceeded to rototill, dig with shovels, and generally get our hands right in the dirt to transplant the bushes. We finished the one side, then my brother and I stayed up way too late drinking beer. By the time I went to bed I was too tired to shower :eek: but while gross I feel it added to the experiment's value.

I woke up early Saturday and after liberal application of sunscreen and bug spray we repeated the process with the other half of the bushes. I wore the same clothes as the day before. We finished with the transplanting by lunch time. After lunch, we went to Home Depot, bought 800 pounds of organic humus manure and spread that under all the bushes.

So, at this point, I was covered in two day's worth of grime, including but not limited to:
  • lots of sweat
  • beer
  • soil
  • manure (smelled more like earth than poo)
  • Exhaust from a pre-catalytic converter vehicle
  • Exhaust from a 2-cycle roto-tiller
  • bug spray
  • sunscreen

I first asked my wife to smell me to verify that I indeed had a significant funk. In a true test of the strength of our relationship, she ventured forth her olfactory services and promptly agreed that I was not so fresh. I proceeded with the experiment.

The shampoo has a smell that vaguely resembles KY personal lubricant. Not exactly what I want my head to smell like, but this was for science. It is dilute enough that it will run out of your hand which makes for a somewhat messy application since it will run down your scalp. I had to put some in my hair and work it in then add some more several times to get all areas of my head. I then used a damp wash cloth to wipe off my hair to help remove the small bits of my lawn before toweling dry.

The soap is supposed to be diluted (1 oz to 32 oz water). Since I will be doing this in a bathroom stall, I replicated that situation by squirting some in to a cup and then filling it up with water. I used that solution to soak a wash cloth and wipe off the dirt. I did have to rinse out the wash cloth a couple times as it became filled with grime. The soap smells prominently of baby powder. Again, I would much prefer no scent at all or at least something that won't make me smell like baby butt and/or geriatric, but it is at least preferable to smelling like I did before.

I then followed up with deodorant.

Results
After I stepped out of the bathroom my wife performed a follow up sniff test. She reported that I smelled sufficiently good enough that I could go out in public. If anyone got way too close they might catch a whiff of baby powder and I probably could have used a second application on certain areas. I also was able to detect a very slight smell of sunscreen on my arms. My hair felt fairly clean though some areas still felt just a little oily (probably due to inconsistent application). However, overall the products performed as expected.

Mitigating Factors
At certain points during the grimification process (such as lunch and break times) I rinsed off my arms, face, and neck. This removed some of the grime prior to the use of the products under test.

I applied deodorant before the final sniff test. This may skew the results somewhat but it is also what I would do in a real situation so I don't think it invalidated the experiment.

The soap was not diluted to recommended proportions but I believe it to be within range of acceptable use.

Conclusion
I am not pleased with the scents of the products themselves, but they do work and left me smelling and feeling clean enough to be presentable at the office. This test was purposefully much tougher than a simple morning commute to ensure that they could get perform well under difficult circumstances. In conclusion, I believe they will be adequate for my purposes.
 

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nsj - great "ride" report! At the one job I commuted to that didn't have showers, never once did anyone suspect I had ridden a bike to work. I used Old Spice showering wipes and deoderant/antipersperant. I would ask some of the guys I worked with, who knew that I rode a bike, if they could tell whether I rode a bike that day or not. They were never able to tell. Granted I'm not a fan of Old Spice, but it's better than smelling like a baby, and the wipes aren't over scented.
 

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I use Dr Bronner's Peppermint Soap

A little goes a long way and works well for me after commuting. I have to take a sponge bath in the sink in our office restroom. Works well for hair and body with a damp wash cloth.
 
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