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Vessel Cleaning: Alternatives to Toxic Products

Product

Alternative

Bleach Borax
Detergent & Soap Elbow grease
Scouring Powders Baking soda, or rub area with one-half lemon dipped in borax, then rinse
General Cleaner Baking soda and vinegar, or lemon juice combined with borax paste
Floor Cleaner One cup vinegar in 2 gallons of water
Window Cleaner One cup vinegar + 1 qt. warm water. Rinse and squeegee
Aluminum Cleaner 2 Tbsp. cream of tartar + 1 qt. of hot water
Brass Cleaner Worcestershire sauce, or paste made of equal amounts of salt, vinegar and water
Copper Cleaner Lemon juice and water, or paste of lemon juice, salt, and flour
Chrome Cleaner/Polish Apple cider vinegar to clean; baby oil to polish
Stainless Steel Cleaner Baking soda or mineral oil for polishing, vinegar to remove spots
Fiberglass Stain Remover Baking soda paste
Mildew Remover Paste with equal amounts of lemon juice and salt, or white vinegar and salt
Drain Opener Dissemble or use plumber’s snake, or flush with boiling water + one-quarter cup baking soda + one-quarter cup vinegar
Wood Polish Olive or almond oil (interior walls only)
Hand Cleaner Baby oil or margarine
Head & Shower Baking soda; brush thoroughly
Rug/Upholstery Cleaner Dry corn starch sprinkled on; vacuum

Related Articles:
Clean Boating - Do Your Part
Maritime Environmental Regulations
by Chief Warrant Officer Jim Krzenski, Commanding Officer, U.S.C.G. Station Fort Pierce, FL

 

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