These boat cleaning supplies are less harmful for the environment and are good choices for responsible boaters that want greener boating products

As boaters it is important for us to protect our most valuable resources – the environment and the water sources we enjoy. Choosing green and environmentally friendly cleaning products for our boat is one easy step we can take to keep our waters clean.

So what are green boat cleaning products and why are they important? Green or eco-friendly boat cleaning products are made of organic, phosphate-free and biodegradable soaps that will have the least negative impact on water, land and animal life. Boaters should try to avoid cleaners and soaps that contain toxins and chemicals because as you wash your boat (particularly in the water) the run-off goes right into the water. In addition to the negative impact on fish, birds and other wildlife, you also don’t want to fish or swim in water that is not clean.

The good news is that you do not need to compromise your desire to have a clean boat for your desire to boat in clean water. Many of today’s green boat cleaners and soaps are just as powerful as traditional chemical based cleaners. An increased awareness of green boating issues has made more eco-friendly product choices available for boaters.

When looking to buy green and eco-friendly boat cleaners and soap that will have a minimal impact on the environment, key terms to look for on packaging include:

  • Non-toxic
  • Biodegradable
  • EPA-Certified “Design for the Environment” GreenSeal label

Here are some good green and eco-friendly boat cleaner and soap options: 

Knight Products Spray Nine All Purpose CleanerSpray Nine All Purpose Cleaner

This basic all purpose boat cleaner is great for removing mildew or stains and preventing mildew on a boat. It is also very effective in removing black streaks or marks from fiberglass and vinyl boat seats. It’s a good green choice because it is nontoxic and biodegradable.

Simple Green Marine GallonSimple Green Marine All Purpose Boat Cleaner – Gallon

Known for being a good green cleaner choice, Simple Green is non-toxic and biodegradable, without harmful bleach. It is an environmentally-sensitive non-toxic cleaner/degreaser that really works and can be economically custom-diluted for many, many different uses.

West Marine Pure Oceans Crystal Boat Soap Soap, GallonWest Marine Pure Oceans Crystal Boat Soap Soap, Gallon

Pure Oceans Crystal Boat Soap – Tough on dirt and highly effective for cleaning all marine surfaces, this concentrated eco-friendly formula works without harsh inorganic compounds or other harmful components. Works with fresh or salt water and contains no dyes or perfumes.

West Marine’s Pure Oceans green product brand also has an entire line of all purpose boat cleaners, boat soaps, bilge cleaner, boat wax and more:

Also see our review of Seateak Quick Grip Handles for keeping yourself steady while cleaning your boat hull in the water!

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    Diane Seltzer

    Founder & Editor at My Boat Life
    Diane is the founder of as well as the boating lifestyle site for kids She is also active in the boating industry, serving as the marketing director for a marine sunshade product, SureShade, and founder of Marine Marketing Tools, a collaborative site for sharing marine marketing best practices. Diane is also the author of the children's book The Amazing Adventures of Boat Girl.

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