Boating Lake County Blog
Cleaner Boat Cleaners
Part of keeping your boat shipshape is keeping it clean. A problem arises when cleaning your boat in or near the water.
Many commercial cleaners have ingredients that can harm aquatic life and the environment, even if used correctly. You can do your part in protecting the delicate ecology of the lakes and rivers in Lake County
First, rinse your boat with fresh water immediately after every use. This will reduce your need for cleaners. Next, use ‘greener’ cleaner alternatives. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has some recommendations:
|Cleaning Product||Cleaning Alternative|
|Bleach||Borax or hydrogen peroxide|
|Scouring Powders||Baking soda & elbow grease|
|Fiberglas Stain Remover||Baking soda paste, scrub pad & elbow grease|
|Window cleaner||Vinegar & lemon juice mixed in lukewarm water|
|Chrome cleaner||Lemon or lime juice & salt|
|Lockertop cleaner||White vinegar & water|
|Shower cleaner||Baking soda, scouring cloth & warm water. Do a final wipe with lemon or lime juice|
|Drain opener||Boiling water & plunger or plumber’s snake. Toxic substances should never be used in thru-hull drains!|
|Wood polish||Olive or almond oil for interior wood.|
Use the right cleaners, and you’ll help keep Lake County lakes cleaner for everyone.