Alternatives to toxic cleaners
Household products that may surprise you.
Baking soda will remove stains. Lemon juice can combat mildew. Here are some alternatives to using toxic products when cleaning your boat.
|Detergent/Soap||Elbow grease and often|
|Scouring powder||Baking soda or salt|
|Floor cleaner||One cup white vinegar in two gallons water|
|Window cleaner||One cup vinegar in one quart warm water, rinse and squeegee|
|Varnish cleaner||Wipe with 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup water solution|
|Head cleaner||Put in baking soda and use a brush to clean|
|Shower cleaner||Wet surface, sprinkle baking soda, rub with scouring cloth|
|Aluminum cleaner||Two tablespoons cream of tartar in one quart hot water|
|Chrome cleaner/polish||Apple cider vinegar to clean; baby oil to polish|
|Fiberglass stain remover||Baking soda paste|
|Drain opener||Disassemble and replace; do not use toxic drain openers|
|Mildew remover||Make a paste using equal parts lemon juice and salt|
|Wood polish||Use three parts light weight mineral oil and one part white vinegar; almond or mineral oil (for interior unvarnished wood only)|
Suggestions compiled by the International Marina Institute.
Natasha Kassulke is Associate Editor of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine.