How much soap do you put in?
With Dr Bronners and J&J baby shampoo I use a Tblsp. per quart of water with Ivory I swish the bar in the bag until the solution is milky. It is better to start off with a weak solution and work up to stronger.
Yep. Start weak and work up.
Vandan's amounts are not what I would call starting amounts, especially 1 TBSP/15mL of Bronners per quart/liter. Start with about a half tablespoon of baby shampoo or a half teaspoon of Bronners and work up from there.
Can I use Ivory and J&J
Yes, I mix soaps often. Start mild though!
I've been doing enemas for many years and have had many soapy enemas but I can only tolerate 1 teaspoon (5ml) of Dr. Bronner's liquid castile soap in a 2 quart enema. I'm very sensitive to soap in an enema it tends to cramp me badly. I know some people can tolerate a very soapy enema but not everyone can.
My preference is Ivory bar soap. Immerse in warm water and agitate until desired milky appearance. I like it milky enough you can’t see the bar. That poured into an enema bag or drawn into a bulb makes a great slightly uncomfortable enema. Never given me cramps, but a mild urge to expel. During expulsion, no bad aroma. In fact, you can see little bubbles in the waste if you look. I first noticed that as a youngster after mom gave me an ivory sse.
Ivory is mild and good for the rookie. Many people can't tolerate a lot of soap. I usually go with just a little salt. Start slowly and work your way to stronger soap.
One measured tablespoon of Dr. Bronner's Peppermint dissolved in 2 1/2 quarts of warm water. An excellent cleansing enema that provides just the right amount of stimulation for a full, satisfying release. I have no interest in irritating my colon by increasing the amount of soap used. Not necessary. A relaxing, stimulating enema is what it's all about for me.
That's a little bit more than a teaspoon a quart, which is a good moderate dose of soap. A tablespoon of J&J is a bit heftier, but still manageable (J&J requires more than Bronner's to get the same kick).
Ivory can be hard to get the feel of because it has widely varying rates of dissolving based on the temperature of the water. Some people grate it and measure, I used to grate it and dissolve in boiling water (a bar to a pint if I recall properly), either way you can measure it more accurately until you get a feel for what works best in you.
Thank you for all the advice I tried the ivory soap and J&J baby shampoo. I just bought some Dr. Bronner's Peppermint soap I am going to try that
Soap is one thing where you can o what you want.
A long as it still flows through the bag, it's not too much!
The more soap the better!!!
Lisak saidSoap is one thing where you can o what you want.A long as it still flows through the bag, it's not too much!The more soap the better!!!
OK Lisak, just pour in the whole bottle of Dr Bronners.
You go from one extreme to another.
"Holding an enema for more than 15 minutes is dangerous" to "use as much soap as you want as long as it flows through the hose."
Yeah LisaK pour the whole bottle in till bubbles come out your ears. Might clean your brain some too. 😄
I read somewhere on the recipe area to use 1 tablespoon Dr. Bronners to a quart. I did that last week and it burned pretty good. I’m sure it’s the peppermint and was fun but over the top for me. I felt after effects for a couple of days. Got a great clean out with a secondary two quart warm water, no doubt. But I don’t think I will go that stout in the future.
I don't use that much soap. I usually hold the bar of Ivory soap in the water stream until the water looks a little soapy and I can smell the Ivory smell when I am standing at the sink. The enemas that I do never feel too soapy or hurt or anything. I guess I like to do them nicely to myself ?
For MOST people it just gets very uncomfortable. There have been cases reported of chemical colitis from "soap enemas". In most of these that I have seen they were a bit vague about what exactly was in the enema, so there may have been antibacterials or detergents, but it's always better to be safe and work up rather than work down. Much smaller hospital bills 😉
I read somewhere on the recipe area to use 1 tablespoon Dr. Bronners to a quart. I did that last week and it burned pretty good.
Tablespoon of J&J is powerful enough. With Bronners I have seen that as an upper end to the range, with the lower/more common range being 1/2 to 1 tsp per quart. For Kirks I just run the water over the bar and then pull it out - no swishing needed for my bowels.
I recommend no more than 1 tsp of Dr. Bronner's Peppermint per quart. It's pretty stout stuff, but your shit won't stink!
I use approximately one ounce of Dr Bronner's peppemint soap per gallon of solution---IF I use any soap at all.
It's a rough measurement.
This isn't chemistry requiring stoichiometric analysis.
I use plain water 90% of the time.
Susie's mix is a teaspoon and a half per quart, or about 8mL per liter, very reasonable but will still get some action.
Every enema I've ever given myself has been straight tap water. Mixing, measuring, etc. seems like too much trouble for me. I like things simple.
Well I just tried it again. Peppermint bronners 1/2 tablespoon per TWO quarts. Fantastic! Just right for me. Cheers!
I like to use ivory soap with a little Epson Salt I fill my self with 3 qts of this mixture
My usual for soap is 1 tsp/quart of Bronners Castile soap. My colon is very sensitive to chemical irritation as well as cramping so I have to be careful to measure carefully. I think the most I've ever used was 1.5-2 tsp/quart which gave me tolerable, almost enjoyable burning and cramping, but usually I try to avoid those sensations. 5% glycerin alone was pleasant with just a lit of gurgling, but when I went to 10% it was so irritating I had to expel it almost immediately. No fun, since my enemas are all for fun and arousal. Back to 5%.
I have no idea as to what is the proper amount. The first time that I used Dr. Bronner's castile soap, I used, about 4 ounces in a two quart bag. What a mistake!! Not only, could I not take much of the bag, I got extremely crampy and nauseous and never finished the bag. I couldn't take another enema for at least a month. I most often stick with plain tap water, but when the urge for Dr. Bronner's arises, then I limit the amount to just a cap full. Much better and more enjoyable. A life lesson learned.
If my quick calculation is right, that works out to 4 TBSP per quart in your formula, about 12 times what I use. That would have blown my colon away too. I always use specific measuring spoons and not ozs or capsful, so I really know what I'm getting. My colon is too damn sensitive to mess with! Good luck with future Castile enemas. I hope you can enjoy them.
We do not use soap, normally. However, I once wanted to try milky white soapy water as I had seen in an episode of Call the Midwife.
It was interesting. At first things went in nicely: the water was at body temperature or slightly above (I've observed that cooler water leads to discomfort). Then at some point, my rectum started pulsating on its own, my anus reflexively opened and I had to strive to hold the nozzle and enema in. I rushed to the toilet.
Just enough for the bubbles. Not too much. I balance soap and water so I don't get vertigo. Guys just be careful. A little shake of a bar of soap in water container then shake till a little foamy.
Just my 2 cents in the hospital we do not use soap on elderly patients It is irritating and they cant retain it. Tap water is what we use.
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