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Safe to wash the boat in the water?

Hello all. I was wondering if there are soaps out there that are environmentally safe to use while she is in the water. I want to give her a good scrubbing, but I don't want to kill any fishies, or get any fines!

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Re: Safe to wash the boat in the water?

That's plant safe, but I don't think it's marine safe. The only one I have found so far is sea safe. If i'm wrong about Simple Green that would be great.

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Dang it... "a warning in small print on the back advises consumers to use the product in well-ventilated areas and not to dispose of it into or near storm drains, oceans, lakes or streams. "

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Re: Safe to wash the boat in the water?

Boatzoap (sp?) I tried some last year, it's safe, and it works.

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Boatzoap (sp?) I tried some last year, it's safe, and it works.
is that why they say not to allow it in waterways, sewers or drains just like any soap it is not marina safe. http://www.sudburyboatcare.com/msds/msds_boatZoap.pdf
most marinas do not allow you to rinse any chemical into the water unless it is water

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Re: Safe to wash the boat in the water?

Vinegar can be a good cleaning agent since it is a mild acid and naturally occurring.
Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate) also makes cleaning soap scum off shower stall tiles easier.
Salt water makes a pretty good disinfectant.
All of the above can be aided by vigorous mechanical scrubbing or brushing after some dwell time.
Ketchup will clean tarnish off of copper surfaces.
YMMV.

Oh, and don't use steel wool on your boat, ever. It drops small bits of steel all over that turn into rust stains. Use bronze wool instead as it does not rust in the same way.

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I use Captain Phab's non-stick deck wash (I think that's what it's called), it was in the marina store and listed as fully biodegradable, non-phosphate etc and safe to use in the water. I checked with the marina and they were fine with it too. Don't know if you can get it in the US though.

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Paulin - sadly, it seems not.

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Re: Safe to wash the boat in the water?

Any cleaner, even vinegar, is toxic in strong enough concentrations. I place my knotmeter in a cup of white vinegar to kill the creatures attempting to take up residence there.

This is the EPA data sheet for Simple Green: SIMPLE GREEN® | NCP Product Schedule | Emergency Management | US EPA. Site states there are no known EPA priority pollutents in the product. Simple Green is also EPA-approved for washing up during oil spills.

There are several products labled as safe for boat use including BoatSoap, Biokleen, etc. A trip the West Marine can educate you.

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