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10-13-2013 10:57 AM
El Rubio
Quote:
Originally Posted by FirstCandC View Post
Not sure if it is ok to bring up an old thread. If I am mistaken, please let me know!
The marina has me sitting near grass and a big tree, which has resulted in my topsides getting a bit mildewy.
Would Dawn dishwashing liquid be environmentally safe?
Dawn, along with all other dishwashing soaps, will remove the wax from your fiberglass surfaces.
10-10-2013 06:28 PM
T37Chef
Re: Safe to wash the boat in the water?

I think the creek I keep my boat on could use some soap in it, its freaking gross

Seriously though, is it really a big deal? I would imagine that the parts per million would be so small that most "boat soaps" would not have any effect on the environment?
10-09-2013 11:48 PM
Thistle Dew
Re: Safe to wash the boat in the water?

Have you tried Z-Care
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10-09-2013 08:46 PM
Markwesti
Re: Safe to wash the boat in the water?

4u
10-09-2013 08:24 PM
DRFerron
Re: Safe to wash the boat in the water?

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Originally Posted by Seaduction View Post
Don't forget the dishwashing soap you use in the galley will end up in the water also. Also the shower 'gray water'.
Absolutely.
10-09-2013 12:15 PM
Seaduction
Re: Safe to wash the boat in the water?

Don't forget the dishwashing soap you use in the galley will end up in the water also. Also the shower 'gray water'.
10-09-2013 10:45 AM
FirstCandC
Re: Safe to wash the boat in the water?

Thanks. We have little turtles. Think I will go with just a tiny bit of Dawn, and a lot of elbow grease.
10-09-2013 09:14 AM
DRFerron
Re: Safe to wash the boat in the water?

Quote:
Originally Posted by FirstCandC View Post
Not sure if it is ok to bring up an old thread. If I am mistaken, please let me know!
The marina has me sitting near grass and a big tree, which has resulted in my topsides getting a bit mildewy.
Would Dawn dishwashing liquid be environmentally safe?
They used it to clean up the birds after the Gulf oil spill so I don't think it is harmful in small quantities. It does, however, make a lot of bubbles and it's concentrated so you don't need but a tiny bit. I use it to clean the dishes in the galley.

Seems like baking soda and a good brushing should take away mold. I've used baking soda in a paste on a cloth to clean an apartment from top to bottom and it worked great.

On the boat I'm still using up the cleaning products the PO left behind and they're all West Marine "green" products. When they are finished I think I'm going to try the earlier recommendation of vinegar, baking soda, etc. Less expensive and I already have it all on board.

Personally, I just don't like to take chances. We have an oyster bed in our marina and I don't want to jeopardize it in any way.
10-09-2013 08:42 AM
FirstCandC
Re: Safe to wash the boat in the water?

Not sure if it is ok to bring up an old thread. If I am mistaken, please let me know!
The marina has me sitting near grass and a big tree, which has resulted in my topsides getting a bit mildewy.
Would Dawn dishwashing liquid be environmentally safe?
03-23-2012 05:04 PM
Brent Swain
Re: Safe to wash the boat in the water?

Do it on open water far from shore.
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