Go Green: Use alternative natural cleaning products

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

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