Keeping Our Water and Our Boats Clean: Environmentally Friendly Techniques and Products
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Keeping Our Water and Our Boats Clean: Environmentally Friendly Techniques and Products

There is nothing more satisfying than a gleaming boat floating gently in the water. But what if those cleansing suds are affecting water quality? Harsh chemicals can destroy aquatic life as well as shorten the life span of boat finishes. Finding a boat wash that cleans your boat without harming aquatic ecosystems is a must!

There is nothing more satisfying than a gleaming boat floating gently in the water. But what if those cleansing suds are affecting water quality? Harsh chemicals can destroy aquatic life as well as shorten the life span of boat finishes. Finding a boat wash that cleans your boat without harming aquatic ecosystems is a must!

The two greatest factors that determine a boat wash’s environmental impact are toxicity and biodegradability. Sometimes, a soap may be less toxic, but it takes several weeks to degrade, resulting in environmental damage. Other soaps may contain more toxins but degrade as quickly as two weeks.

Consumers also factor in the effectiveness of the wash and its cost. Fortunately, eco-friendly washes are overall just as effective as more traditional washes. As more and more environmental options enter the market, there are options at every price level.

Based on toxicity, biodegradability, cost, and effectiveness, we recommend Star Brite Sea Safe Boat Wash and BioKleen. Both of these environmentally friendly washes leave a boat sparkling without harming boat sealants or the water below. They are readily available at Tonka Auto & Marine!

If you are looking for another eco-friendly, cost-effective solution, consider making your own boat wash! Baking soda, vinegar, and a little elbow grease will leave your boat shining without harming the aquatic life under your boat. At the Maid Brigade, Marie Stegner offers DIY mixes of household items that clean different types of boat surfaces.

Other ways to protect the environment are more preventative. Rinsing your boat often increases time between washes. A good boat wax will make a wash last longer, too. Above all, follow the instructions on your boat wash! Proper dilution will still result in a clean boat, and it will mean fewer toxins in the water.

Happy cleaning, and happy boating!

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