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Enjoy the Outdoors Sweepstakes
You Could Win a Set of Adirondack Chairs and a New Patio Umbrella!
Enjoy the Outdoors Sweepstakes
June 30, 2014

Looking to make the outdoors more enjoyable this summer? Simple Green has everything you need to get your yard, and everything in it, ready for summer.

Our remarkable All-Purpose cleaner and degreaser is safe for use on practically any washable surface, making it great for use on patio furniture, play equipment, camping gear, bikes, ATVs, RVs, boats, and more! And it comes in a variety of convenient sizes, perfect for wherever the summer takes you, even if it&s only as far as your backyard.

Enter now and you could win a set of Adirondack chairs and a patio umbrella in your choice of red, white, or blue!

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#SimpleGreenSelfie Contest
Submit Your Photo To Win a New Washer & Dryer Set
#SimpleGreenSelfie Contest
June 17, 2014

Do you have a selfie that's NSFW? And by NSFW we mean "Now Stain Free - Woo!" Show us your best #SimpleGreenSelfie and you could win an LG ultra large capacity, high efficiency, front loading washer & dryer set featuring LG's Steam Technology.

Judges will award a $50 GAP gift card to the best photo of the day (we know it ultimately means more laundry, but who couldn't use new clothes!?).

Daily Winners will then compete for the Grand Prize washer and dryer prize.

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With no detectable 1,4-Dioxane, borax, phosphates, chlorine or optical-brighteners, Simple Green Sunshine Fresh Scent Laundry Detergent's biodegradable formula is tough on dirt and stains without harsh chemicals than can be tough on the environment. With plant-based surfactants and a smart enzyme system it is also an all-around fabric-friendly formula that's equally gentle on delicate skin.

For use in both high efficiency and standard washing machines, Simple Green Sunshine Fresh Scent Laundry Detergent is optimized for great performance in hot, warm, or cold water. One 100oz bottle cleans up to 100 loads of laundry making it a great value as well.

Entering is easy:

  • Purchase a 100oz bottle of Simple Green Sunshine Fresh Scent Laundry Detergent at The Home Depot (in store or online).
  • Take a photo using Simple Green Sunshine Fresh Scent Laundry Detergent. Don't forget to include the bottle and your receipt from The Home Depot in the photo.
  • Post the photo to Instagram or Twitter tagged #SimpleGreenSelfie and @SimpleGreen.
  • Follow @SimpleGreen on Twitter and Instagram so that you can easily be notified if you won.
  • Make sure to enter daily for more chances to win. Creativity counts, so let your originality shine through!

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Simple Green Partner IBR Releases Rescued Pelican
Pink the Pelican Well Enough for Release Seven Weeks After Attack
Simple Green Partner IBR Releases Rescued Pelican
June 14, 2014

Simple Green has been a proud supporter of International Bird Rescue (IBR) since 2004, when Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner was provided to the organization as a donation to clean-up after a large oil spill. Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner is the preferred cleaner for facilities and enclosures at both the Northern and Southern IBR locations. In 2014, Sunshine Makers Inc., the manufacturer of Simple Green products, agreed to an ongoing product sponsorship, providing all of the Simple Green products used in both IBR facilities. This is an exciting new development in the relationship between Simple Green and IBR.

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Simple Green is fortunate to have witnessed the release of perhaps the most buzzed-about bird to be rehabilitated by IBR, Pink the Pelican. This California Brown Pelican was picked up by a bystander in Long Beach, Calif. on April 16 and brought to IBR's Southern facility in San Pedro, Calif. with its throat pouch nearly severed off its bill. After caretakers came to the conclusion that Pink's injuries were human-caused, the ordeal sparked outrage and made headlines across California. The story resonated with animal lovers and advocacy organizations alike, spawning a $20,000 reward to find the person(s) responsible for this horrific crime.

After undergoing two surgeries and receiving over 600 stitches, Pink the Pelican spent just over six weeks in rehabilitation at the IBR facility in San Pedro. Pink was successfully released on the afternoon of June 3 at White Point Park in San Pedro by L.A. City Councilman Joe Buscaino. Prior to release, Pink's pink band was replaced with a blue band reading &qout;V70&qout; as part of IBR's Blue-Banded Pelican Program. If you happen to spot Pink out along the Pacific Coast you can report your sighting to the IBR on this website.

Unfortunately, attacks on pelicans have been reported prior to this one, primarily in California, Florida and North Carolina. After the Brown Pelican population decline in the late 1970's resulted in the species being designated as endangered, their numbers rebounded in 2009 and they were removed from that list. Regardless of whether or not a species is on the endangered list, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, it is illegal to kill or cause harm to migratory birds.

The International Bird Rescue's "Every Bird Matters" mantra has certainly been a theme throughout this ordeal, and the organization and its supporters remain optimistic. The $20,000 reward for the party responsible for the attack on Pink remains outstanding, and anyone who has information about the incident is encouraged to contact the Fish and Wildlife Service at (310) 325-1516 or Long Beach Animal Care Services at (562) 570-7387.

Simple Green is pleased that Pink is back where he belongs and that our company can assist the IBR in their important work.

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The EGBAR Foundation Wants To Hear From You
If You Have Been a Recipient of an EGBAR Donation, Please Share Your Story!
The EGBAR Foundation Wants To Hear From You
June 13, 2014

Simple Green is a proud supporter of the EGBAR Foundation. EGBAR, which stands for "Everything's Gonna Be All Right," was created in 1989 by Simple Green CEO and Founder Bruce FaBrizio.

For over 25 years, the main focus of the program has been on educating the next generation on the importance of protecting our environment. The programs and donations made by the EGBAR Foundation range from sponsoring exhibits on conservation at science centers, to developing hands-on educational materials enabling teachers to drive active learning, to providing necessary funds and equipment for critically underfunded activities and programs.

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EGBAR has made life-changing impacts on children near and far by remaining true to the belief that small local initiatives can have significant global impact.

According to FaBrizio, "There is time to make the world a better place for our grandchildren if we just start doing things that are within our abilities today." The EGBAR Foundation is committed to identifying the changes we can make today in order to create a better future for generations to come.

The EGBAR Foundation is currently gathering stories from those who have benefitted from their programs. If you have been a recipient of a donation made by the EGBAR Foundation, please consider sharing your story.

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Green Cleaning Magazine Recognizes Bio Dog Stain & Odor Remover
Simple Green Bio Dog Stain & Odor Remover Praised as an Eco-Friendly Pet Product
Green Cleaning Magazine Recognizes Bio Dog Stain & Odor Remover
June 11, 2014

Written by Mark Durrick

Got a pooch-and the odors and stains that go along with the territory? We recently took Simple Green's Bio Dog Stain & Odor Remover for a test run to see if this naturally focused product stands up to the tests of man's best friend.

According to Simple Green, this stain and odor remover employs a non-toxic formula that is safe for people, pets, and the surfaces you'll want to clean, including carpets, rugs, pet bedding, litter boxes, crates and carriers, tile, finished wood, laminates, concrete and most upholstery, clothing, curtains, drapes, auto carpet and upholstery, etc. The company has a Fresh Bond® Technology that is says quickly eliminates odors, removes stains, and discourages resoiling or remarking. Beyond pet messes such as urine and vomit, this product also works to cleans stains and eliminate odors from mud and grass.

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The mostly natural ingredient roundup includes water, sodium lauryl sulfate, astyrene/acrylic copolymer, sodium saccharin, mixed non-pathogenic bacillus, and fragrance including benzyl alcohol (click here for more information on the fragrance used in Simple Green's products).

I used this product on my patio and it smelled wonderful for a few days, so it worked as promised. I also used it around the pool where we get duck droppings and it worked efficiently there, as well, to eliminate odors. It also worked well around my landscaping where we needed some odor elimination. Bio Dog also worked wonders on my crushed stone walkway in the backyard where our puppy Patch goes daily.

When it comes to pet stains, this product also worked well to erase weeks-old markings present on our carpeting from the bones we give Patch.

Simple Green also says Bio Dog works hard to banish old, stinky pet odors and we agree. It was fantastic to spray in the garbage cans where we throw away the dog poop each day. Normally, that bin really smells and Bio Dog really helps resolve the odor problem.

Directions for Use
Assure color-fastness and surface compatibility by spot-testing on a small inconspicuous area first before making a full application. Remove any solid soil and blot up excess liquid. Shake container gently.

SOFT SURFACES-CARPET & UPHOLSTERY
Light Soil, Light Odor

  • Saturate soiled area and allow Bio Dog to remain on surface until dry.
  • Restrict traffic while area is drying.

Heavy Soil, Strong Odor

  • Saturate soiled area and cover with clean, white paper toweling or cloth towel.
  • Allow to remain like this for 4-5 hours. You will see the stain absorb up into the toweling.
  • If necessary, repeat this process until stain is gone.
  • Once stain is gone and area is dry, softly brush upholstery or vacuum carpet to restore softness and evenness to the nap.

HARD SURFACES
Non-Porous Linoleum, Tile, Stone, Wood & Laminates

  • Lightly spray (do not saturate) the soiled area and allow Bio Dog to dry.
  • Restrict traffic while area is drying.

Porous Cement, Concrete, Brick, Stone, Unfinished Wood Decking, Etc.

  • Saturate soiled area and allow Bio Dog to remain on surface until dry.
  • Restrict traffic while area is drying.
  • Once dry, if floor is dull, damp-rinse the area with water to restore shine.

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Simple Green Bio Dog Impresses Dog Fancy Magazine
Removes Months-Old Stain in One Treatment
Simple Green Bio Dog Impresses Dog Fancy Magazine
June 6, 2014

We tried Simple Green Bio Dog on a months-old, deep, dark pet urine carpet stain, and it took the stain out in one treatment. The product is nontoxic and biodegradable, and the company says that not only does it eliminate odor, it deters pets from resoiling or remarking.

Backyard BBQ Sweepstakes
Enter for Your Chance to Win a Brand New Combo Gas and Charcoal Grill
Backyard BBQ Sweepstakes
June 2, 2014

What is your favorite thing about grilling season? The burgers? Kabobs? S'mores? Whatever it may be, Simple Green knows what your least favorite part about grilling season is: the clean-up. Baked-on grease, stuck on food, and unidentified charred remains make even the sweetest family-filled evenings feel like a burden.

Simple Green Heavy-Duty BBQ & Grill Cleaner is the simpler and safer way to keep your grill clean all summer long. The fast-acting cleaner and degreaser goes on effortlessly and penetrates quickly to remove food and grease, all while restoring shine to both the inside and outside of your BBQ, grill or smoker.

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The clean-rinsing, non-toxic formula leaves surfaces residue-free, so your next backyard cookout won't taste like your cleaning product. Plus, the specially formulated clinging foam works great on other greasy areas, like range hoods, vents, filters, and cooking utensils.

With Simple Green Heavy-Duty BBQ & Grill Cleaner, your old grill will look like new, but that's no reason for you not to enter for a chance to win a new combo gas and charcoal grill from now until June 30!

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GreenBiz Recognizes Simple Green for Ingredient Transparency
Simple Green Praised for Disclosing Fragrance Ingredients
GreenBiz Recognizes Simple Green for Ingredient Transparency
May 15, 2014

Written by Cassidy Randall

Can fragrance disclosure make a big company smell like a rose?

It's time to get specific about the word "fragrance." A product's "fragrance" can be made up of 100 chemicals, and the specific chemicals aren't disclosed to consumers because they're currently protected as trade secrets.

But the issue of fragrance disclosure - or lack thereof - has come under increasing public scrutiny in the last few years by sophisticated consumers concerned about chemicals exposure from household products. While several alternative and "green" companies have begun listing the ingredients in their fragrances in response to this demand, there remains a lack of leadership from mainstream cleaning companies in this arena.

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Consumers smell a rat

Let's not underestimate the importance of fragrance ingredient information to consumers. Women's Voices for the Earth's 2013 scientific literature review, Secret Scents (PDF), reported that millions of Americans are affected by skin allergies linked to undisclosed components in fragrance. Women are much more likely to be affected than men, and rates among children have skyrocketed in recent decades. Serious health problems linked to fragrance range from neurological symptoms and immune system effects to breathing problems and more. One U.K. study of 14,000 pregnant women showed a link between the use of air fresheners and aerosol sprays and an increase in headaches and depression in the mothers, as well as ear infections and diarrhea in their babies. Common ingredients in fragrance include hormone disruptors such as phthalates (linked to a series of reproductive abnormalities in baby boys) and synthetic musks (persistent, bioaccumulative and showing up in blood and breast milk).

Consumers increasingly assert that they have the right to know what's in the products they're using to clean their homes. In fact, last year an industry-sponsored study, "Thinking Consumption: Consumers and the Future of Sustainability," found that consumers ranked ingredient transparency among the most important issues for brands.

Nearly 9 in 10 consumers globally (86 percent) say "ingredient transparency is extremely important or very important" for companies to address as part of their products, services, or operations, including 88 percent of consumers in emerging markets and 84 percent of consumers in developed markets.

In response to this demand for transparency, smaller companies - including Ecostore, CleanWell, The Honest Company, Seventh Generation and several others - already have begun disclosing all ingredients in cleaning products right down to the fragrance. These No Secrets companies have paved the way, demonstrating that meaningful fragrance disclosure can be achieved without giving away crucial secrets and without incurring any negative financial consequences. On the contrary, these companies have shown growth in recent years as consumers look for brands they can trust.

Unfortunately, the cleaning product industry as a whole seems unwilling to break this outdated norm of fragrance secrecy. At trade association American Cleaning Institute's annual meeting in January, ingredient disclosure and safety topics conspicuously were absent from the agenda. In addition, ACI's new Hazard Data Portal, which intends to be a "comprehensive inventory" of public safety information on ingredients used by ACI's 900 members, includes almost no information on the thousands of fragrance chemicals used by the mainstream companies because the identities of those chemicals are kept secret.

The art of scent meets common sense

Perfume adds an air of mystery, partly because its chemicals are trade secrets.Fragrance historically has been protected as an art form, as that product component that differentiates it from all the others out there. And no doubt there is an art to fragrance, particularly in the techniques in the refining of ingredients, and the ways and amounts in which they are combined. Those may well be valuable fragrance secrets worth keeping. But a simple list of ingredients, which customers increasingly ask for, doesn't appear to be giving anything away of that art form.

As the issue of toxic chemicals and impacts to human health continues to occupy the spotlight, and more small companies reveal all the ingredients in their products, companies who don't disclose fragrance ingredients are beginning to look like they have something to hide.

Those mainstream companies who don't have anything to hide should take the opportunity to lead in the fragrance disclosure arena and gain back consumer trust.

The stop-and-start race to better fragrance disclosure

One company that comes to mind is SC Johnson & Son (maker of Glade, Pledge and Windex). In past years, SC Johnson has championed consumer health and safety by disclosing and removing harmful chemicals from its cleaning products.

Surpassing industry standards is nothing new to SC Johnson. In 2009, it became the first major company to announce that it would begin disclosing via its website all ingredients except fragrance in its cleaning products, which was unprecedented in the industry at that time. As part of the same 2009 announcement, SC Johnson committed to remove phthalates from all products, creating a domino effect that had other major companies scrambling to follow suit. In fact, just a few months ago, Procter & Gamble gave up its position as the lone major cleaning product company still using phthalates, and announced it too would remove the hormone disruptors this year.

Without fragrance disclosure, ingredient lists aren't truly transparent.

The company was also among the first, along with Clorox, to acknowledge that consumers do want more fragrance information. In 2012, SC Johnson released its fragrance palette, a master list of the 1,500 chemicals used in its fragrance mixtures, but not specific to products. Without product-specific information, the list isn't useful to consumers. However, this gesture became the new status quo, moving several other leading companies to follow this trend.

Recently, SC Johnson leadership on consumer safety and transparency has been eclipsed by both Simple Green and Reckitt Benckiser (makers of Air Wick and Lysol), who last year began disclosing certain fragrance allergens in their products. Companies, including SC Johnson, already list these allergens in products in the E.U., making this a logical (if long overdue) first step toward product-specific fragrance disclosure.

Given that this first step in allergen disclosure already has been taken, it's only a matter of time before full fragrance disclosure becomes the norm. Consumers are looking for a major brand that they can trust that will go the whole nine yards, and companies should be elbowing each other out of the way to seize the opportunity to be that brand.

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Under Pressure Sweepstakes
You Could Win a Pressure Washer and Our Complete Line of Cleaners
Under Pressure Sweepstakes
May 12, 2014

Under pressure to get your Spring Cleaning projects done? Simple Green has a full line of non–toxic pressure washer concentrates to help get these big jobs done simply and safely.

Our products are specially designed for the care of home siding, decks, fences, driveways, patio furniture, play structures, gazebos, sheds and more removing the environmental pollution, dirt, grime and mildew that cause overall dinginess and unsightly stains. Our non–toxic formulas are safe for use in areas where children, pets and wildlife visit and will not harm lawns, trees and other landscaping when used as directed.

Enter now and you could win our complete line of pressure washer concentrates and a brand new pressure washer!

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Simply Spa–Like Sweepstakes
You Could Win a Relaxing Getaway to the Spa of Your Choice
Simply Spa–Like Sweepstakes
April 28, 2014

Ready to trade spring cleaning for a trip to the spa? Enter our Simply Spa–Like Sweepstakes and you could win a relaxing getaway to the spa of your choice. In addition to the getaway we're also giving away a complete set of our Simple Green Naturals line of cleaning products every day! Made from 100% naturally–derived ingredients, our Multi–Surface, Bathroom, Glass & Surface, Carpet and Floor care products are non–toxic and biodegradable formulas that use the power of plant–based surfactants and mineral builders to cut through tough stains and built–up grime without harsh chemicals. Their warm and inviting scents will leave your home feeling clean and spa–like.

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