Environmentally Friendly Boat Cleaning

All solutions are for cleaning unless noted otherwise.


Cleaning Solution
General cleaning Washing soda*/vinegar (1:1)
Lemon juice/borax paste
Scour Washing soda*
Chrome Apple cider vinegar. Polish with baby oil.
Copper Lemon and salt, 10 min.
Aluminum 2 Tbsp Cream of Tartar in litre hot water
Brass Worcestershire sauce
Vinegar/salt/water paste, 10 min.
Stainless steel Washing soda*/salt (1:1). Mineral oil.
Washing soda/water paste
Fibreglass Water (use optional phosphate-free detergent). Remove stains with Washing soda* paste. (Silicone polish cannot be removed; wax can cause permanent fogging.)
Fibreglass stains Scrub with Washing soda*/salt mixture
Lexan windows Vinegar/water, soft cloth.
Toothpaste.
Non-toxic rubbing compound.
Lexan scratches Aircraft canopy polish available from a flying club.
Vinyl stains Mix: 1 tsp. ammonia, 1 cup hydrogen peroxide, 2/3 cup water.
Wood (interior) 3:1 Olive oil/vinegar to polish
1 TBSP olive oil, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 2 drops lemon essential oil
Teak (exterior) Mild soap, scrub with bronze wool pad. (Commercial cleaners damage the wood and seam compounds.)
Sails Wash in cool or tepid water, rinse in fresh water, dry. Remove stains with cold dishwashing liquid in water, rinse immediately.
Lines Soak in fresh water and dry. Washing machines clean better but tangle lines, even inside a 'bag'.
Rust stains Lemon juice; citric acid; Oxalic acid/water 1:10 solution.
Rust stains 1 teaspoon cream of tartar in 1/2 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Apply 10 minutes and scrub.
Mildew, mould Vinegar/salt paste. Lemon juice/salt paste. Scrub spots with borax/water.
Prevention: Vinegar, borax, or ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
Bacteria, mould Borax. Hydrogen peroxide. (Chlorine bleach is toxic)
Bilge algae with rotten-egg smell Copper Sulfate (blue-stone)
Cooler, fridge Clean with Baking soda/water paste
Fridge odours Put open box of baking soda inside (last 1 month)
Odours Soak cotton ball in Vanilla extract or an Essential oil
Head cleaning Baking soda scrub
Soak in Vinegar overnight
Sink clog prevention Baking soda + vinegar, then pour in 1 cup boiling water.
Drain clog Plumbers snake. Plunger (not if pipe leads to a full tank)
Hand-cleaner Baby oil. Butter.
Laundry whitener Soak towels, sheets in lemon juice or dilute hydrogen peroxide.
Hang in sun.

* You may substitute baking soda for washing soda.

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