Keep our waters clean with these Green Boating tips:
Always make sure that before you turn on your bilge pump that there is no oil in the bilge water. The marina will recycle your waste oil and oil filters at no charge. Make sure that when changing engine oil that you use oil absorption pads in your bilge. Just ask a marina crew member for an oil absorption pad and we will supply one at no charge.
Here are some environmentally (non-toxic) friendly cleaning products for your boat, or to use around the house!
All Purpose Cleaner
Straight vinegar, and salt, or a paste of baking soda and water are all effective grease cutters.
After removing as much substance as possible, fill a pan with one quart of water and two tablespoons cream of tartar. Bring to a boil and simmer for ten minutes. Rinse well.
Fill a spray bottle with equal amounts of vinegar and water. Apply with a soft cloth and dry with a squeegee or newspaper.
Use olive oil on all wood surfaces. Apply with a soft cloth; rub in, let stand for several hours, and then polish with a soft, dry cloth to remove any residue.
Sprinkle baking soda on a sponge or green scouring pad. Add vinegar to remove rings or soap scum.
Decorative Metal Cleaner (for brass, copper or pewter)
Combine 1/2 cup of salt with 1/2 cup white vinegar. Add enough flour to make a paste. Apply and let sit 15 minutes to one hour. Rinse thoroughly to prevent corrosion. Salt and vinegar should not be used on metals that have a lacquer coating.
Make a paste of lemon juice, salt and flour.
Fiberglass Stain Remover
Use a paste of baking soda.
Combine lemon juice and salt or white vinegar and salt to make a paste.
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