Boat Cleaning - In The Water

Monroe Harbour Marina - Sanford, Florida (407) 322-2910




























Products used to wash boat hulls and decks often contain toxic ingredients such as chlorine, phosphates and ammonia. Degreasers dry the natural oils fish need for their gills to take in oxygen.


For boats that are in the water, use cleaning methods that prevent or contain the release of pollutants to surface waters.


  • When possible, remove the boat from the water and perform cleaning where debris can be captured and properly disposed.

  • Use fresh water to clean your boat after every use.

  • Use environmentally friendly cleaning methods and products, including baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice.

  • Ask your marina or marine store to stock biodegradable spray-type cleaners that do not require rinsing.

  • Use dry slips and boatlifts, in order to reduce the need for in the water cleaning.


Alternatives to Toxic Products

  • Bleach - Hydrogen peroxide
  • Scouring Powders - Baking soda or salt
  • Floor Cleaner - One cup white vinegar in 2 gallons water
  • Window Cleaner - One-cup vinegar in 1-quart warm water solution
  • Head Cleaner - Put in baking soda and use a brush
  • Aluminum Cleaner - 2 Tablespoons cream of tartar 1 quart hot water
  • Chrome Cleaner - Apple cider vinegar to clean; baby oil to polish
  • Mildew Remover - Paste using equal parts lemon juice and salt
  • Wood Polish - 3 parts olive oil and 1 part white vinegar; almond or olive oil (interior unvarnished wood only)











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