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Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

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August 2002

Alternatives to toxic cleaners

Household products that may surprise you.

Natasha Kassulke

Baking soda will remove stains. Lemon juice can combat mildew. Here are some alternatives to using toxic products when cleaning your boat.

Detergent/SoapElbow grease and often
BleachHydrogen peroxide
Scouring powderBaking soda or salt
Floor cleanerOne cup white vinegar in two gallons water
Window cleanerOne cup vinegar in one quart warm water, rinse and squeegee
Varnish cleanerWipe with 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup water solution
Head cleanerPut in baking soda and use a brush to clean
Shower cleanerWet surface, sprinkle baking soda, rub with scouring cloth
Aluminum cleanerTwo tablespoons cream of tartar in one quart hot water
Chrome cleaner/polishApple cider vinegar to clean; baby oil to polish
Fiberglass stain removerBaking soda paste
Drain openerDisassemble and replace; do not use toxic drain openers
Mildew removerMake a paste using equal parts lemon juice and salt
Wood polishUse 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.