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Some simple cleaning products

Scented All-Purpose Cleaner

  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Lemon rind
  • Rosemary or lavender, or yu ca use some essential oils

Combine one part vinegar and one part water with a little lemon rind and rosemary or lavender, pour into a spray bottle and label the components. Let the mixture sit for a week so that the ingredients have a chance to infuse together. When the cleaner is ready, you can use it to remove water stains, smudges and clean surfaces.


  • Lemon juice
  • Salt

Squeeze the juice of a lemon into a bowl, add in salt and stir until dissolved. Dip a cloth into the solution and use to remove any tarnish from the copper. Don’t have a lemon? You can use lime or orange juice instead.

Make sure you remove is all once you have finished cleaning


Brass Cleaner

  • Worcestershire sauce, or brown sauce such as HP
  • Salt
  • Vinegar
  • Water

Mix Worcestershire sauce (or HP, or ketchup) with equal parts salt, vinegar and water to make a paste. Use a damp cloth to rub paste onto a brass object, then wash down the object with water and dry thoroughly.


Interior Wood Polish

  • High quality almond or olive oil

Pour a small amount of premium almond or olive oil onto a cloth to polish inside wood furniture. Olive oil will enhance and nourish the wood to make it shine. Almond oil acts as a polisher and creates a protective layer on the wood that can help to prevent water stains.

As a reminder, although safer than chemical cleaners, homemade cleaning products should not be washed directly into the marine environment. It’s also important to note that any DIY cleaners should always be labeled with all the ingredients inside so that if there are any accidents, you will always know what the mixture contains.

Life on earth depends upon healthy Oceans, we have 10 years to stop toxic chemical pollution, or life on earth may become impossible

Dr. Howard Dryden, CSO

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