The top 16 best organic products to use on your boat or in your home.

Living on our boat fulltime we are extremely conscious (and horrified) by the amount of plastic that floats by on a daily basis. We are careful and try our best not to pollute the glorious ocean we live on with nasty detergents and pollutants.

Some of our favourite products (many used and some on order) are listed below. Please click on the highlighted link for a full view of the product. This article is for my South African subscribers as the Faithful to Nature brand which we support 100% does not ship internationally. I am busy with an international brand and will update you in the near future.

Body wash – what a great multi purpose product on a boat when space is at a premium!

  • 4-in-1 wash: wash your hair, body, laundry & dishes
  • Made from mostly natural ingredients (99.5%)
  • Some of the ingredients are organically grown
  • The wash is entirely biodegradable
  • Watercourse friendly
  • Natural ingredients will break down rapidly in the natural environment
  • Free from harmful chemicals
  • Free from sulphates & phosphates
  • Free from parabens & SLS
  • Contains soothing Aloe Vera & Lemon Verbena oil
  • Naturally fragranced by essential oils
  • Suitable for vegans & strict vegetarians
  • Certified cruelty-free by Beauty Without Cruelty

Shampoo – love this for protecting my hair from sea spray and wind!

  • Milk & honey shampoo
  • Added marine collagen
  • Soothes, repairs & conditioners your hair
  • Milk protein hydrates protects & strengthens your hair
  • Honey holds & locks in moisture
  • Marine collagen repairs damaged hair increases hydration & density
  • Biodegradable
  • Free from colourants
  • Free from silicones
  • Free from parabens
  • Free from sulphates
  • Held within a glass bottle
  • Made in Cape Town
  • Suitable for all hair types
  • Not suitable for vegans & strict vegetarians

Shampoo bar – this is also great as there is no container to dispose of and it smells great!

  • All-natural solid shampoo bar
  • Ideal for normal to oily hair
  • No bottle; no plastic waste
  • SLS-free, paraben-free
  • Junk-free
  • Vegan-friendly
  • Made with coconut oil & mango butter
  • Fresh citrus oil & tea tree scent
  • Great foaming action
  • Cleanses, refreshes & softens the hair
  • No artificial colours or fragrances

Hair treatment – an absolute MUST on a boat. I apply and leave in, rinse out the following day.

  • Natural mask with argan & marula oil
  • Soothes, repairs & conditioners your hair
  • Argan oil contains antioxidants & vitamins to strengthen the hair
  • Marula oil has antioxidants that strengthen the hair
  • Moisturising capacity of the oils help to prevent breakages
  • Castor oil moisturises & conditions hair
  • Coconut oil hydrates & strengthens the hair
  • Lavender soothes itchy scalp & relieves dandruff
  • Rosemary stimulates hair growth
  • Biodegradable
  • Free from colourants
  • Free from silicones
  • Free from parabens
  • Free from sulphates
  • Made in Cape Town
  • Suitable for all hair types
  • Not suitable for vegans & strict vegetarians

Toilet paper – I love the name of this one “forest friendly”!

  • 100% biodegradable toilet paper
  • Safe for sewers & septic tanks
  • Made with a hybrid blend of sustainable fibres
  • Luxurious 2 ply design
  • Silky softness & no-nonsense strength
  • No chlorine, acids, inks, dyes or perfumes
  • Bleached using an elemental chlorine-free (ECF) process
  • Highly sustainable materials
  • FSC Certified

Dishwashing liquid

  • The Better Earth products are free of ethoxylated ingredients, sulphated surfactants, parabens, animal products, colourants and synthetic fragrance.
  • The beauty of the products is that they are kept simple while still being effective!
  • The 1 Litres are packaged in the grey, 100% recycled bottles
  • The labels are recyclable as well
  • The Better Earth range is now certified by Beauty Without Cruelty.

Laundry and dishwashing soap – very handy when doing handwashing PLUS doubles up for dishes.

  • 100% natural detergent bar
  • Made with coconut oil & lavender essential oil
  • Excellent cleansing properties
  • Lavender has antibacterial properties
  • Extremely versatile – use to clean dishes, surfaces, or stains on clothing
  • Biodegradable
  • Locally crafted
  • Paper-based packaging
  • Zero-waste
  • Vegan-friendly

All purpose cleaner

It contains ingredients to clean:

  • Dishes, glasses and cutlery
  • Floors, windows and counters
  • Bathrooms, basins and toilets
  • Stoves
  • Fruit & Vegetables – these need to be cleaned and stored properly on a boat. Do not want any land-based “goggas” roaming around the boat!

Household gloves

Biodegradable and no chemicals plus grey bottle toilet cleaner

Stop mould! The bane of our life on a boat, this helps keep it under control!

Tips for mould prevention:

  • Keep the relative air humidity at approx. 50 %.
  • Keep the temperature in all rooms equal, the temperature difference between individual rooms should not exceed 5 °C.
  • Keep doors to cooler rooms closed, e.g. to unheated bedrooms, in order to prevent warm and thus damp air from the other rooms from condensing on the walls.
  • Cross ventilate rooms/cabins 3-4 times a day
  • Use controlled ventilation systems).
  • Discharge moisture from showering or cooking to the outside immediately.
  • Do not dry laundry in the boat unless you have a dehumidifier on board.

Laundry powder – we are lucky enough to have a fully automatic washing machine on board – highly recommend it!

  • Natural non-toxic powdered laundry detergent
  • Handwash & machine wash safe
  • Fresh citrus fragrance
  • Safe for the environment, won’t pollute waterways
  • Locally handmade
  • No parabens or phthalates
  • No artificial colours or fragrances
  • Not tested on animals
  • Packaging is recyclable & biodegradable

Anti-allergen washing powder – pricy but I am seriously considering this as The Captain suffers from severe allergies at times.

  • Wonderful fresh, subtle summer fragrance
  • Can replace your regular fabric softener.
  • Safe for babies clothes too.
  • Disinfects fabrics with every use
  • Mitefree coats the fibres of your laundry with allergen neutralising substances, aimed at eliminating allergens
  • Can be used in automatic or twin tub washing machines, or with hand washing.
  • The packaging is made with recycled and recyclable plastic.

Natural hemp dishcloths

  • Handmade hemp & jute scrubbing dishcloth
  • Locally sourced sustainable hemp & jute fibres
  • Hemp is naturally anti-microbial limiting germs
  • Durable & strong
  • Biodegradable
  • 100% plastic-free

Bamboo dishwashing brush

Bamboo mattress protector – makes a huge difference to the lifespan of your mattress!

  • Mattress protector made from natural bamboo wood pulp
  • Ultra-soft & absorbent due to the fine molecules & natural weave of bamboo
  • Bamboo is thermo-regulating & will keep you cool summer & warm in winter
  • Antimicrobial properties reduce the risk of mildew, dust mites & odours
  • Hypoallergenic & gentle on the skin
  • Particularly suitable for those with eczema or sensitive skin
  • Non-toxic as no harsh chemicals are used in the manufacturing or growing process
  • Suitable even for baby’s delicate skin
  • Waterproof & breathable TPU layer provides a protective layer against stains & spills
  • An elasticated skirt provides a secure fit around your mattress
  • Eco-friendly: bamboo grows wonderfully fast & requires minimal water
  • Knitted in South Africa

Air freshener – who doesn’t love the smell of vanilla! Love this to freshen up the boat.

The Earthsap Air Freshener is made from 100% natural oil which equals fewer allergies and contains no petrochemicals, no artificial dyes/ preservatives, no synthetic fragrances or sodium laureth sulphate.

Hope we have given you some ideas, either for your boat or for your home.

Captain Mike and Nikki.

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