Resilient Coasts for Salmon is part of the PSF 
Marine Science Program

Make Your Own Safe Cleaning Supplies

Many cleaners on the market use harsh chemicals that are hazardous to you and the environment.

Since salmon and other aquatic species live and breathe in water they are particularly sensitive to any pollution that ends up in their home. Unfortunately, there are cleaning products with persistent chemicals (meaning they do not readily break down) that can pass through septic and wastewater treatment and pollute critical habitats.

How does conserving water and supporting biodiversity benefit salmon?

Using food safe ingredients as effective cleaning agents keeps harmful chemicals from making their way to aquatic environments and harming salmon and the species they depend on.

Here are some safe alternatives that you can make yourself using items you probably already have on hand in the kitchen.

TaskAlternative cleaners
Glass and surface1 part vinegar to 1-2 part water (optional a couple drops of non-petroleum based dish soap)
Floors (tile, hardwood, laminates and boat decks)1 part vinegar to 8 parts warm water a couple drops of non-petroleum based dish soap
Showers and tubsWet and scrub with baking soda
ToiletsBaking soda
ScouringBaking soda and water paste
Furniture polishing (interior)Olive oil
Stainless steelRub a rag with a few drops of olive oil and finish with a spray and wipe of glass and surface cleaner above
Laundry2 parts soap granules to 1 part baking soda and 1 part washing soda (2 Tbs per load)
Dish washer1 part baking soda to 1 part washing soda (1-2 Tbs per load) and 1 Tbs vinegar in the rinse dispenser

Recipes are adapted from the Georgia Strait Alliance’s Guide to Green Boating and David Suzuki Foundation’s Queen of Green cleaning recipes. Also see this brochure that we hand out at events for the recipes and more.

Photo credit: Daiga Ellaby on Unsplash; Eiko Jones

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