At first glance, the cleaner called “Simple Green” just doesn’t inspire confidence; you’re trying to get rid of green crap, not add it. But the fact remains: it’s one of the most effective cleaner/degreasers out there that’s readily available, non-toxic, biodegradable, non-abrasive, non-flammable, and affordable.
Simple Green was developed about 30 years ago for industrial uses. But it’s sort of evolved into a great general purpose cleaner for the home. It’s got a slightly alkaline pH of about 9.5 whereas other cleaners tend to be at least 10 times more alkaline. That means it’s less caustic.
And the uses for Simple Green are endless. Their site has an application/dilution chart to help you figure out what mix will work best for your particular application.
I’ve used it to great effect for cleaning my BBQ grill, cleaning up oil spots in the garage, and cleaning my car’s wheels (in a pinch when I ran out of regular wheel cleaner). I’ve also had good luck cleaning some under-engine bits, applying Simple Green to rid parts of built-up grime.
While the original Simple Green is great, the company also offers a huge family of Simple Green-branded products. I’ve never used them so I can’t speak from experience here, but if they’re as good as the original, I’m in.
Original Simple Green is available pretty much anywhere. If you can’t find it, you’re not trying. I’d suggest you pick up a regular sized spray bottle for around $6 or $7 and try it out. If you like what it can do, hit up the warehouse store (read: Sam’s Club, BJs, Costco, etc.) or Walmart for the big gallon jug. In some cases you’ll even find five gallon jugs.