...clean your boat

Did you know?

 

  • Detergents containing phosphates can cause local oxygen depletions and may result in the localised suffocation of aquatic life

     

  • Products used on boat hulls and decks may contain chlorine, ammonia, potassium hydroxide and solvents, all harmful to the aquatic environment

     

  • Degreasers dry the natural oils that fish need for their gills to take in oxygen

     

  • Most cleaning products contain chemicals which disrupt the reproductive cycle of fish

     

Advice

 

  • Use fresh water or non-toxic solutions to clean your boat wherever possible – see the list of alternatives below

     

  • If you use cleaning products select environmentally sensitive ones – see www.thegreenblue.org.ukfor our product directory and product reviews

     

  • Washing up, laundry, cleaning toilets

     

  • Keeping your hull clean before going to a new area will not only be more fuel efficient but also avoid the transfer of non-native species 

     

Useful information

 

Here are some possible alternatives to toxic products:

 

Toxic

 

Alternative

 

Detergent and soap

 

Fresh water and a lot of elbow grease

 

Bleach

 

Hydrogen peroxide

 

Scouring powders

 

Baking soda or salt

 

Floor cleaner

 

¼ cup of white vinegar in 2 litres of water

 

Window cleaner

 

1 cup of white vinegar in 1 litre warm water

 

Varnish cleaner

 

Wipe with ½ cup of vinegar and ½ cup water solution

 

Head cleaner

 

Brush with baking soda

 

Shower cleaner

 

Wet surface, use scouring cloth with baking soda

 

Aluminium cleaner

 

Use 2 tablespoons cream of tartar in 1 litre of water

 

Chrome cleaner/ polish

 

Apple cider vinegar to clean, baby oil to polish

 

Fiberglass stain remover

 

Baking soda paste

 

Drain Opener

 

Disassemble and replace; avoid toxic products

 

Mildew Remover

 

Paste of equal parts lemon juice and salt

 

Wood polish

 

Use 3 parts olive oil and 1 part white wine vinegar; almond or olive oil (interior unvarnished wood only)

 

 

 

The Green Blue website lists alternative cleaning products. See www.thegreenblue.org.ukfor our product directory and product reviews.