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​A Guide to Clean & Green Boating


You love to boat, but you’re not the only one who needs the water. A responsible boat owner isn’t just safe—they’re also environmentally safe, ensuring that they don’t contaminate the space around them. If you want to be a responsible boat owner, you’ll want to know how to make clean and green boating a regular habit.

Eco-Friendly Boat Cleaning

You need to start with a general cleaner for your all-around boat cleaning purposes. Don’t settle for any ordinary soap or cleaning solution here. When you pick up a boat cleaner , check the label for the following:

  • Biodegradable Formula
  • Labelled “environmentally safe”
  • Non-phosphate Formula

Phosphates in particular can be damaging to water supplies, whether it applies to lakes or rivers. If the label doesn’t tell you that you’re working with a non-phosphate cleaner, keep looking.

Opt for a “Green” Bilge Cleaner

The water that collects in your boat needs to be protected as well. Your boat bilge, in fact, may be considered the front line in the way your boat interacts with the environment. In a bilge cleaner, then, you’ll want the same properties listed above: a biodegradable, non-phosphate formula that still does the necessary job of emulsifying and reducing oil and scum.

BoatLIFE’s Bilge Cleaner is fit to use in your bilge and can also be applied to other areas of your boat: carpets, fabrics, upholstery, etc. This gives you plenty of green flexibility with zero guilt about your impact on the environment.

Keep Tabs on Your Boating Equipment

When it comes to clean and green boating practices, it’s not enough to clean your boat with the proper materials. You need to also ensure that the boat itself is well taken care of.

  • Engine: Leaking fuel lines, oil, and other problems quickly seep into the environment and undo all of your hard work in protecting the water. Regularly inspect your engine for these leaks, especially with fuel lines and oil. Have it regularly inspected to ensure everything is running smoothly.
  • Oil: According to the EPA, oil from one boat can contaminate as many as a million gallons of water. Taking care never to let any excess oil spill during an oil change is essential to keep the water supply clean.
  • Bilge: Keeping your bilge clean means using a proper cleaner, as explained above. It also means regular inspections to ensure harmful materials aren’t making their way into the water supply.
  • Batteries: Keep your battery use and charging consistent by using the same type of battery across your boat—and remember to disconnect it when the boat is not in use. At the beginning of each boating season, inspect your battery for damage.
  • Fueling: Properly check all fuel lines before fueling, and ensure that there are no open flames or active electronics/engines when you fuel up. Absorbent material under the fuel flow will protect the water supply from any spillover.

The more attentive you are to each part of your boat and every process that includes potentially contaminating the water around you, the better you’ll prevent any hazardous materials from entering the water supply.

Shop BoatLIFE Cleaning and Maintenance Products

Stay vigilant. Keep shopping for dedicated boating products that make a point of creating environmentally-friendly measures for cleaning and maintenance. Over time, your vigilance will be rewarded with a clean boat, a cleaner environment, and a better boating experience every time you head out on the water.

Life Industries Corporation
4060 Bridge View Drive
N. Charleston, SC 29405
United States of America

toll free: (800) 382-9706
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