With worldwide events impacting the economy, more and more families are looking to save money on household essentials. Many have found that diluting a concentrated cleaner with water for various uses can provide considerable savings. Switching from a motley assortment of single-purpose cleaners to a multi-purpose cleaner is both a sensible way to be more cost efficient, and to reduce cabinet clutter.
Most often, dilution does not compromise the effectiveness of a concentrated cleaning product. With the exception of heavy-duty cleaning jobs, concentrated cleaning products are generally intended to be watered down. A note of caution, however: unless instructed to do so on the product labeling, you should never dilute drain cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, oven cleaners or other cleaning products intended for specific heavy-duty cleaning.
With hundreds of household uses, Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner is a versatile concentrate you can highly dilute for light cleaning, use at full strength for the greasiest, toughest messes and stains you'll encounter, and dilute moderately for everything in-between. It's also great to know that you won't be at risk of chemical burns or other harm from using the product right out of the bottle – it's orally non-toxic and doesn't contain harsh chemicals that can cause harm to you or your family.
When diluting a concentrated cleaning product like Simple Green, you should remember the ratio rule: the first number represents the concentrated product, and the second (often higher) number represents the volume of water you're mixing with the product. A "part" is the unit of measure. A part can be an ounce, a teaspoon, a Tablespoon, a cup, a pint, a clean orange juice can, whatever measuring unit you are using.
For instance, 1:10 represents one-part Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner to ten-parts water. This is the dilution you'd use for general purpose cleaning - smudges on walls, greasy pans and so on.
For heavy-duty cleaning and degreasing jobs, such as baked-on grease and carbon deposits on oven racks, you'll want to use a lower ratio of product dilution, such as 1:1. Remember, the lower the second number (the water), the stronger the cleaning solution.
Also remember the "-ish" rule: Simple Green is a very forgiving product and dilutions do not have to be 100% precise. That job calling for a 1:10 dilution can very likely be done with 1:8 or 1:12. So, 1:10-ish is OK.
Diluting your bottle of Simple Green is effective for a variety of general cleaning jobs, while the full-strength formula handles the dirtiest, greasiest tasks. Use it to clean charred carbon deposits on ovens, greasy grills, stains on clothes, dirty decks and driveways, and so much more. You can also use Simple Green manually or in a pressure washer. A little bit goes a long way, without sacrificing safety for performance. It also means fewer bottles in the cleaning closet or cabinet!
Check out a handy infographic dilution guide below!