Foolproof earth-friendly boat maintenance: Cleaning your boat
There is a significant impact from recreational boating on aquatic ecosystems. Cleaning your boat in a marine mindful way is one powerful way you can help the aquatic environment. Toxic products in the water can harm fish, shellfish, and sea birds. These and other forms of aquatic life require a delicate balance of nutrients in clean water to survive.
Waxing your boat – Coating a fiberglass hull with wax prevents the build up of dirt on your boat, which also reduces cleaning time and the use of harmful products.
Using non-toxic cleaners – Use phosphate-free cleaning products that do not contain harmful chemicals that are toxic to Marine life. Try using natural cleaners like vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice or salt.
Keep in mind that baking soda is an excellent all-around cleaner, but it is abrasive, so use with care.
Mix a paste of baking soda and water. Gently rub the mix into the dirty areas using a sponge or rag.
Spray on lemon juice and wipe-down for shine and a fresh-smell.
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Fill a spray bottle with equal parts vinegar, lemon juice and warm water. Use old newspapers to wipe down, they are more effective than paper towels and they get reused too!
Rub it clean using apple cider vinegar on a rag. After cleaning, using a separate rag with a dab of baby oil, polish to a bright shine.
Mix together lemon juice and salt into a paste. Rub gently to clean.
Dampen a rag with white vinegar to clean.
Make a mixture of cream of tartar and water. Clean with a rag.
Mix one part white vinegar with two parts warm water. Use a rag to clean
Mop on a mixture of one part white vinegar and eight parts warm water. Dry completely.
Polish on natural oils like olive oil or almond oil with a rag.
Keep these non-toxic cleaners in mind when cleaning your house as well to prevent pollution of our precious groundwater at home. If we all do our part, we can make this world a better place!