A few more weeks and most of us boaters will be facing the pre-winter storage chore of cleaning our boat. This time try using the following alternative household products for some of those pesky chores.
|Bleach & Borax||Hydrogen peroxide|
|Detergent & Soap||Elbow grease|
|Scouring Powders||Baking soda.
Mix vinegar and salt for a good surface cleaner.
Pour some baking soda and vinegar on a damp sponge. It will clean and deodorize all galley and head surfaces.
|General Purpose Cleaner||Bicarbonate of soda and vinegar or lemon juice combined with borax paste|
|Floor Cleaner||One cup white vinegar in 8 ℓ water|
|Window Cleaner||One cup vinegar + 1 ℓ warm water. Rinse and squeegee|
|Aluminum Cleaner||2 tbsp of cream of tartar + 1 ℓ of hot water|
|Brass Cleaner||Worcestershire sauce or paste made of equal amounts of salt, vinegar and water. Pour on ketchup. Let sit, then polish.|
|Stainless Steel||Clean and polish with a baking sods/water paste|
|Copper Cleaner||Lemon juice and water|
|Chrome Cleaner/Polish||Apple cider vinegar to clean; baby oil polish|
|Fibreglass Stain Remover||Baking soda paste|
|Mildew Remover||Paste with equal amounts of lemon juice and salt or vinegar and salt. Scrub mildew spots with borax/water solution (½ Cup borax to 4 ℓ water) using a nylon scouring pad. To pre- vent mould or mildew from forming, don’t rinse off the borax.|
|Drain Opener||Disassemble or use plumbers snake; toxic substances should not be used in a through-hull drain|
|Wood Polish||Olive or almond oil (interior wood only)|
|Outside Teak||Let it go natural as boaters did for hundreds of years. Wash it down with salt water|
|Hand Cleaner||Baby oil or margarine|
|Remove grease spots||Immediately pour salt on grease spots to absorb and prevent staining.|
*) Source: Boat Green by Clyde W. Ford and “Canadian Living” web-site
Nick Baets, Environmental Affairs Officer