Avoid using harsh cleaners, soaps or detergents. They destroy protective wax coatings, damage the environment, and reduce water quality.

Note: In Canada, manufacturers do not have to substantiate such claims as 'non polluting' and 'fully biodegradable.' Remember that all detergents - even those that call themselves "environment friendly" - or "green" - contain polluting phosphates and nitrates. The "Environmental Choice" logo indicates a degree of acceptability.

Alternatives to Toxic Cleansers
Fiberglass: Baking soda and salt
Aluminum: 1 Tbsp of cream of tartar in a half litre of hot water
Brass: Worcestershire sauce, vinegar and salt solution
Chrome: Vinegar and salt solution
Copper: Lemon juice and salt solution
Decks: 1 part vinegar to 8 parts water
Hair: Baby shampoo (phosphate-free and Ph balanced)
Hands: Baby oil or margarine
Clear Plastic: 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water
Mildew: Vinegar and salt solution
Shower: Wet the area, apply baking soda, and wipe
Toilet: Baking soda
Windows: 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water
Wood: Polish with olive oil
Chrome/metal: Polish with baby oil
Bleaching: Hydrogen peroxide
Scouring: Baking soda

Protecting The Marine Environment - A Boater's Guide