Cleaning a boat is necessary for keeping it looking attractive, and it is also highly important for other reasons, such as preventing the spread of non-native species. If possible, boat-cleaning should occur on dry land to prevent debris from getting into and potentially polluting the water. When cleaning in water, environmentally safe products such as biodegradable detergents are preferable. If at all possible, use products with borax, baking soda, and vinegar, and avoid products containing toxic substances such as ammonia, bleach, and lye. Rinsing the sides of the boat and the motor with fresh water will be necessary in order to remove corrosive salt, especially after boating in saltwater areas. When it comes to cleaning an engine’s parts, first use a wire brush to reduce the need for chemicals. Because animal and plant life can hitch a ride on a boat and travel with it to other areas where it can be invasive, it is necessary to safeguard against spreading organisms around.

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