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Boat cleaning and polishing

I was horrified today when looking for cleaning producs for my narrowboat to find them warning of long term damage to aquatic life and not to discharge them into watercourses! So I didn't buy them.
Any recommendations for environmentally acceptable products?

Asked by: Paul Taylor  | 7.45pm, Sunday 5 February

WW says:

Many cleaning products, once diluted, are reasonably safe for dilution into waterways; however most standard ones contain phosphates and non-biodegradable detergents. There were some produced by Ecover that are completely safe- however, I cannot find any reference to them on the Ecover website now- they were particularly good from an environment point of view.
Starbrite (an American company) make a range of biodegradable cleaners; Wessex Marine also do them. You might find that some caravan cleaners are biodegradable and safe to discharge into the environment- and often cheaper than "marine" versions.
Using the minimum amount of cleaner is also important, of course- and emptying buckets of left-over cleaner/rinsing rags, etc, is best done on shoreside facilities where possible.

Mark Langley  | 7.02AM, Monday 6 February

It also a CRT licence condition to use low phosphate cleaners onboard boats as all the residue ends up in the canal.

Rupert Smedley  | 9.18AM, Monday 6 February

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