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Green Cleaning Products

Brought to  us from the BVI Spring Regatta and their Go Green-Sail Blue approach

Following are some recipes for do-it-yourself cleaners and a list of naturally based products; we encourage you to use this approach in your daily lives.

The reason so many cleaners are good at getting rid of stains and bacteria is because they are rife with toxic and petroleum-based ingredients—ingredients that persist and damage our oceans, environment and even our own health. Here are some simple solutions you can concoct right on your boat, that are about as natural as you can get when it comes to keeping your ship shiny:

All Purpose Cleaner – Straight vinegar, vinegar and salt, or a paste of baking soda and water are all effective grease cutters.

Aluminum Cleaner – 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.

Window/ Glass Cleaner – Fill a spray bottle with equal amounts of vinegar and water. Apply with a soft cloth and dry with a squeegee.

Furniture Polish – 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.

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.

Copper Cleaner – Make a paste of lemon juice, salt and flour.

Fiberglass Stain Remover – Use a paste of baking soda.

Mildew Remover – Combine salt w/lemon juice or vinegar to make a paste.

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Seventh Generation – These products are free of chlorine, phosphate, petroleum surfactants, solvents, VOC and optical brighteners-using ingredients like lemon oil, hydrogen peroxide, sodium chloride (natural salt), and other botanical extracts.

Simple Green Naturals & Green Works – These lines shares the same benefits as the above products, with no petroleum-based or synthetic products.

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