Simple Green cares about providing safer cleaning choices, offering a wide variety of cutting-edge cleaning products for both home & industrial use. We're dedicated to producing environmentally-friendly formulas for virtually any cleaning need, and proud of the work we do to meet or exceed all federal health & safety requirements.
Find informative answers to all your questions about Simple Green products in the Simple Green F.A.Q. below.
Do you have a Simple Green inquiry that's not addressed here? Please contact us via email or phone at (800)228-0709.
Alkaline aqueous solutions remove grease, coolants, cutting oils, shop dirt, fingerprints, cosmoline, petroleum and some water-soluble paints. They are also used with all types of liquid processes, e.g., sprays, ultrasonic, immersion and power washers. These solutions can clean to very high levels, with good filtration and rinsing. Cost per gallon is generally less than for semi-aqueous cleaners.
One should never assume that aqueous solutions can be disposed of down the drain. Your local water treatment authority or publicly owned treatment works (POTW) will have information on treatment and disposal of these cleaners.
Simple Green has also developed break-through water based cleaners that are safe for use on metals, plastics, rubber and high tech alloys. Extreme Simple Green Aircraft & Precision Cleaner, Pro Series Simple Green Automotive Cleaner, and Simple Green Pro HD are available on both the industrial and retail markets, respectively. These products were initially developed for the aircraft industry and extensive testing shows that they are safe and effective on a variety of metals and other sensitive surfaces even in the most extreme circumstances.
Simple Green Stainless Steel One Step Cleaner & Polish is another option for cleaning polished aluminum. This product is designed for light duty metal cleaning and polishing.
During our 40 year history, Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner has been used all over the world to save lives of birds and mammals caught in oil spills and chemical lagoons, because it enables them to be cleaned and then returned to the wild with minimal stress and no ill effects. Simple Green has also been used to maintain safe and clean environments for mammals, birds, and fish that are temporary guests of veterinary clinics and wildlife rehabilitation centers (such as the World Bird Sanctuary, The Marine Mammal Stranding Center, and the Dolphin Rescue Center,) as well as for those animals that are permanent residents of zoos, aviaries, and aquatic centers (the National Zoo, Shedd Aquarium, Wellington Zoo, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium are a few examples.)
Simple Green products that are sold in the USA are assembled 100% in the USA at the facilities listed above. We utilize USA-made ingredients and source USA-made components for our products. If a particular ingredient is not viable for purchase in the USA, due to unforeseen acts of nature or force majeure, we have on occasion been forced to source it from a trade-friendly country. We are of the opinion that in those rare occurrences, it has been an insignificant portion to the overall product composition; that, we can maintain "All or virtually all" US origin product. As soon as normal US sourcing is made available, off-shore components are replaced with domestic.
We make this claim on a reasonable belief - and rely on - that as we negotiate our manufacturing and supply chain sources; we are reaffirming that those sources are of domestic origin. This good faith reliance has allowed Sunshine Makers, Inc. to faithfully say "Made in the USA" for over 35 years.
A word of caution: when adding foreign material into Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner, be aware that biodegradability, toxicity and disposal issues need to be addressed by the additive manufacturer.
- 1:1 - equal parts cleaner and water
- 1:10 - about 1 oz. cleaner per cup of water
- 1:30 - about 1 oz. cleaner per 1 quart of water
For a complete list of uses and the different dilution ratios for each use, please download our Household Applications/Dilution Ratio Chart or our Industrial Applications/Dilution Ratio Chart. Downloading or reading these charts requires Adobe Acrobat Reader or call 800-228-0709 and request a free "Dilution Chart."
You can also refer to our Cleaning Tips under our All-Purpose Cleaner in the Household Products section.
Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner does not contain chlorine (bleach), ammonia, formaldehyde, phosphates or petroleum distillates.
A Note about Ingredients: In late 2012, Sunshine Makers, Inc. implemented a 4 year reformulation project, and changed the formula of Simple Green to what is listed above. This was done to comply with 2013 California air quality regulations. We conducted testing to confirm that the new formulation is every bit as efficacious as the prior formula, and that it is just as safe for the user and the environment. For more information about this, please see the 2013 MSDS, and test data at https://simplegreen.com/claims/.
Care should be taken when spraying Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner above the level of one's head, or using mechanical applicators that create mist (pressure sprayers, steam cleaners, etc.) Additionally, Simple Green products are sold in spray bottles that create a coarse droplet spray that is not easily inhaled. If using a spray bottle other than a Simple Green spray bottle, take care not to breathe in any mist. Use Simple Green products in a well-ventilated area or, in more extreme cases or cases of impaired lung condition, use of a fiber painter's mask (found in hardware and home improvement stores) will greatly reduce the risk of inhalation problems.
Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner is not recommended for use in High Effeciency (HE) machines. We do also offer a specially formulated Laundry Detergent.
In reality, toxicity is relative. Everything is toxic in large enough quantities. A person could consume enough milk, chocolate or even water to cause death.
Simple Green brokers Parts washers with 30 gallon, 60 gallon, and 80 gallon capacity. Simple Green parts washers are made of thermoplastic, with a recirculating pump, heater and replaceable filter cartridge. Recommended temperature is to remain below 120°F. For more information on parts washers, go to the Family of Industrial Equipment page.
pH is an important factor to consider when choosing or recommending cleaners or degreasers. Cleaners at both ends of the scale (14 & 0) can be effective cleaners, however they are more likely to be environmentally hazardous or present serious health hazards. The challenge in choosing a product is finding a balance of both safety and effectiveness. Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner meets both of these qualifications.
Most Simple Green products do NOT contain any amount of Diethanolamine. Our popular All-Purpose Cleaners and most of our Industrial Cleaners and Degreasers to NOT contain Diethanolamine or other chemicals that would require a Prop 65 warning. While none of our products are intentionally formulated with Diethanolamine, a few of our specialty products do use Triethanolamine as a grease-cutting agent. Diethanolamine is a trace contaminant of Triethanolamine, meaning it can be found in very low (or "trace") levels in Triethanolamine. Because of this, we have chosen to include a Prop 65 warning on select products.
Some companies believe that if their product contains less than 0.1% of a Prop 65 chemical, they do not need to put a warning on their product. While our products fall well below that threshold, we do not agree with that policy. Instead we want to ensure as much transparency as possible for our customers.
Even prior to Prop 65 restrictions on Diethanolamine, we have intentionally sourced Triethanolamine containing as little Diethanolamine as possible and strictly limited the amount of Triethanolamine used in our formulas.
Certificates of Analysis for the Triethanolamine used in Simple Green products typically list a level of Diethanolamine around 0.04%. When this small amount is added to all other ingredients, the level of potential Diethanolamine in a product is typically less than 0.004%. Some of those products are concentrates which require users to dilute the product with water, bringing the levels of Diethanolamine down even further.
A Safe Harbor Level is the regulatory level of a chemical a person can be exposed to daily without significant risk of cancer or reproductive harm. The Safe Harbor Level for Diethanolamine has not yet been determined. Simple Green products which contain any amount of Diethanolamine, even so small that it is undetectable in lab tests, will continue to feature a Prop 65 warning on the product label, to ensure our consumers are aware of the ingredients in the products they choose to purchase.
Gallon containers and smaller are packaged in either PETE or HDPE type plastic and are readily recyclable nationwide. Trigger Sprayer tops are made of 80% Polypropylene and 20% HDPE and are recyclable but will only be accepted at certain recycling centers. To find a recycling facility near you we suggest looking at Earth911 will only be accepted as certain recycling centers.
DRUMS & PAILS
Simple Green ships drums of product all around the USA (and internationally) - mainly to industrial & institutional distributors. We then do not have data about where distributors ship them. Therefore, there is no practical or financially feasible way for our company to offer a drum return program. Further, it is not environmentally correct to ship empty drums back from a multitude of locations when there are facilities around the country that will take them and recycle them locally.
- We recommend that end-users utilize Earth911 to find local recycling sites that will take #2 HDPE colored plastic (which our drums are made of.) HDPE is readily recycled around the country and the Earth911 site is super easy to use.
- Another method of getting drums into the recycling stream is to check with a waste hauler to see if the drums can be removed from facilities along with other recyclable trash. Here in Huntington Beach, manufacturers can have HDPE drums removed along with other solid waste and our city refuse collection company sorts out the recyclable materials.
- One other suggestion is to check and see if there is a rain-water program in your city. Because Simple Green is non-toxic and rinses easily, our drums can be easily utilized in rain-water collection systems. If there is an active rain-water collection program in the locale of the facility with the empty drums, this can often be a great synergy between a facility and its community.
Whether steam cleaning or shampooing, always be sure to extract as much fluid as possible from your carpets. This can be time-consuming, but the results are worth it. Once extraction is done, you should not be able to place your hand on your carpet and come away with a wet hand. A slightly damp hand is fine, but no visible wetness. If wetness exists, perform extraction on the carpet again. A dry carpet is a happy (and non-smelly) carpet!
There are federal and state requirements to reduce VOC emissions.