Doing Laundry By Hand

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

In many cruising locales, laundromats or laundry services are few and far between. So we resort to doing laundry on the boat . . . a neat tool to make it a lot easier on your back and a few tips on how I do it.

Mold & Mildew

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Mold and mildew are the bane of every boat owner in hot, humid climates. Tips to minimize the problem when “the old stand-bys” just don’t do it.

Clearing Cockpit Drains

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Cockpit drains need to be kept clear so they will drain quickly. But it’s easy for things such as hair and parts from a project to go down them. So you need to clean them out. This inexpensive tool is the best we’ve found!

Cleaning Non-Skid Boat Decks

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2016 • all rights reserved

Cleaning our non-skid decks was a pretty hated chore with lots of scrubbing on our hands and knees. We discovered a product that made it much, much easier.

Our Short-Lived Ryobi Cordless Vacuums

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

The first one was great. Not the second or third ones . . . and the warranty policy means that it’s pretty much useless!

How to Use Less Water on Your Soapy Dishes

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Water is precious but you have to get the soap off the dishes. Use noticably less water with this tip!

Where Is All This Dirt Coming From?

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2015 • all rights reserved

Why does it seem that the boat is never really clean? As soon as I finish vacuuming, I see more dust and dirt!

Cleaning the Stove Burners

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Equipment that’s hard to clean will just lead to problems down the line.

Dirt from the Boat Yard

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Life in a boat yard can be pretty dirty. Tips for keeping it out of the boat.

Clothespins

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Typical clothespins rust, break, pop off and stain your laundry. Four alternatives that do better.

Easy Way to Clean Teak

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Clean teak with no nasty chemicals and no scrubbing either! A great labor-saving tip from a reader.

Contain the Mess

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Whether it’s flour on the countertop or a leaking container in the cupboard, a little thought ahead of time can make the clean up a lot easier!

Cleaning a Coffee Basket

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Cleaning coffee oils out of baskets, Keurig reusable filters and other permanent filters used to be tough. Finally I found a simple solution that doesn’t even take much water!

Cleaning in Tight Spaces

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

How do you get gunk out of various nooks and crannies in the galley, around fiddles and other tight spaces? Make your own perfect tool out of an old toothbrush!

Krud Kutter

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Awesome used to be my favorite cleaner/degreaser, but it got upstaged by a new find that reader Tammy Swart told me about —

Spring Cleaning in the Galley

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Ah, I just love spring cleaning! NOT. But doing a really thorough job pays off with fewer bugs, rodents and funky smells . . . and lets you know of any potential problem areas.

Formica & Permanent Markers

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Permanent marker on the Formica counter . . . I was positive it’d never come off. Awesome was.

Cleaning the Gap

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2011 • all rights reserved

On a boat, food and grease will get between the counter and stove. How do you clean it, without totally removing the stove?