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Three Things You Need in a Bilge Cleaner

Patching fiberglass hull

Since all drainage on your boat always leads to one place, there’s nothing more important than a healthy bilge. A dirty bilge will get in the way, make your boat less attractive, and even make your boat stink.

But that’s not to say that any old bilge cleaner will do, either. Bilge cleaner is one of the products you’ll use most often on your boat, and it only makes sense to get the right kind. To do that, we have a few considerations to offer:

Use a Bilge Cleaner with a Biodegradable Formula

One of the top concerns for any boating enthusiast is simple: leave the water just as well as you found it. That means not pouring out your garbage into lakes and rivers…and it also means using formulas that will keep your boat as environmentally friendly as possible. You don’t want to clean your bilge with anything that has anything resembling a radioactive half-life, after all.

A biodegradable formula, such as one found in our Bilge Cleaner, doesn’t only work perfectly for bilges, doing just as good a job as anything out there, but it allows you to clean out your bilge and your conscience at the same time. And even if your conscience isn’t your concern, a local government official might be. So don’t pollute any water near your boat with anything that might be potentially hazardous to the environment.

Get an Ample Supply

When you get yourself a bunch of new boat cleaning products, the bilge cleaner is one of the quickest things to go. The bilge gets so much cleaning that you can’t bring a small spray bottle and expect it to last you long…even if it does last you this one single cleaning session. Keep some bilge cleaner on hand for when you don’t expect to need it and your fishing trips will go a lot smoother.

Look for a Water-Based Cleaner

The more chemicals you use, the more likely it is that your bilge cleaner isn’t going to be appropriate for cleaning anything else on your boat. And if you know what it’s like owning a boat, you know that space is precious. That’s why it’s important to use a bilge cleaner that can also clean carpets, upholstery, fabrics, and concrete. Removing mold and mildew stains from the side of the bilge doesn’t hurt, either.

If you can find a bilge cleaner that doesn’t only clean your bilge but is water-based and suitable for the purposes above, you’ve got enough versatility to keep your cleaning kit small—even if you opt to go for an entire gallon.

Naturally, we’re talking about our Bilge Cleaner Gallon. It satisfies all of the requirements you read above without expensive chemicals and a lot of unnecessary ingredients; in fact, its simplicity is one of the reason it’s so versatile.

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