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Bleach for cleaning cabin?

The inside of my beloved boat has nice, dark spots of mold over nearly every surface. I was thinking of using a spray bottle with dilute bleach to clean.

But then I wondered about it ultimately ending up in the bilge and then in the lake and the Puget Sound. Is that bad?

I have read that bleach decomposes into water, oxygen and NaCl, all of which seems OK. What do you guys think?
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Re: Bleach for cleaning cabin?

Use Clorox clean up full strength, spray and leave it on for 10 min and rinse. You may need to scrub.



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Re: Bleach for cleaning cabin?

Bleach is a boats friend. I'm willing to bet most boaters use it.
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Re: Bleach for cleaning cabin?

Bleach. Its safe. Millions of gallons are pumped into rivers without destroying the aquatic life

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A Risk Assessment Report (RAR) conducted by the European Union on sodium hypochlorite conducted under Regulation EEC 793/93 concluded that this substance is safe for the environment in all its current, normal uses.[26] This is due to its high reactivity and instability. Disappearance of hypochlorite is practically immediate in the natural aquatic environment, reaching in a short time concentration as low as 10−22 μg/L or less in all emission scenarios. In addition, it was found that while volatile chlorine species may be relevant in some indoor scenarios, they have negligible impact in open environmental conditions. Further, the role of hypochlorite pollution is assumed as negligible in soils.
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Re: Bleach for cleaning cabin?

I live in the south in a high humidity, high temperature area. We fight mold and mildew on a constant basis. Without bleach, we would have lost that fight a long time ago.
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Re: Bleach for cleaning cabin?

What rockDAWG said. Spray, let sit, then wipe down, scrub, or rinse. To minimize anything going overboard, wipe down. I'd also give Tilex Mold and Mildew a try. For maintenance, use a 50/50 vinegar and water mix with a little lemon oil mixed in.
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Re: Bleach for cleaning cabin?

gloves, a bucket, bleach and water

had most of the inside of my boat done a month ago after sitting 3 years before I bought it...

IN THE TROPICS!

ps its this that killed the original woodwork, bulkheads and structural wood too...
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Re: Bleach for cleaning cabin?

Better than bleach though at really getting rid of it is Borax. It is caustic so it really kills the buggers. Leave a bit on the surfaces as well to prevent it from coming back. I normally will scrub it with a strong solution, then rinse well. Let it dry then come back with a more dilute solution spray it on and let dry.
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Re: Bleach for cleaning cabin?

Bleach is a very common cleaner for boats, like others have posted. If you can get it, Clorox has some scented ones that make it a bit more pleasant than the smell of bleach.

I'd recommend when you do it to have the hatches open so you can get fresh air coming in.
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Re: Bleach for cleaning cabin?

I use Fantastic "Scrubbing Bubbles" bathroom cleaner. The foaming "bubbles" stick to surfaces longer. Spray on, let sit for 15 mins then wipe off with a dry cloth, don't rinse.

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