"Biodegradable" doesn't always mean safe or non-toxic.
February 19, 2019

People often assume that if a product says "biodegradable," on the packaging, it's safe for both the environment and the consumer. Choosing a biodegradable cleaner is especially important for products that are rinsed down home drains and sewers, because they eventually impact our oceans and waterways. But biodegradable products with eco-friendly claims do not guarantee a low toxicity. Some chemicals known to rapidly biodegrade have also been identified as carcinogens and other toxicants.

What determines biodegradability?

Everything eventually breaks down – whether it takes 60 days or 6,000 years – but how long it takes is the important question. The Federal Trade Commission requires companies marketing their products as "biodegradable" to completely decompose 100% within 1 year.

A dedicated leader in environmental responsibility, Simple Green carries an assortment of non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning supplies specifically formulated to be safer for people, pets and the planet:

Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner is an orally non-toxic multi-surface formula that provides guaranteed cleaning, degreasing and deodorizing power without bleach or harsh chemicals found in many other cleaners. It exceeds the percentage and time milestones of biodegradability testing, completely biodegrading within 56 days.

You may have also noticed the term "readily biodegradable" on some products. The FTC mandates that readily biodegradable products have the natural ability to biodegrade from 60-100% in 28 days, when subjected to sunlight, water and microbial activity. Simple Green reached 76.4% biodegradation within this time frame, exceeding minimum requirements.

Simple Green pet products are made from powerful, naturally-derived microorganisms which neutralize and easily eliminate odors. The safer, biodegradable and non-toxic formulas will not harm people, pets or surfaces as they lift unpleasant pet odors like urine, stool, and vomit.

Simple Green Naturals line of products utilize the power of plant-based extracts and essential oils to provide a natural, biodegradable alternative to synthetic chemicals. All while providing the high-quality cleaning power that Simple Green products are trusted for.

Simple Green Oxy Solve products are safer, non-toxic and biodegradable pressure washing formulas that use the natural power of peroxide for high-performance cleaning and stain removal from concrete, decks, fences, siding and more. They're safe for direct-release into oceans, lakes and streams, and will not harm plants, pets, fish or other wildlife.

Head to our website to explore more Simple Green biodegradable products, including Simple Green Laundry Detergent, Simple Green Heavy-Duty BBQ & Grill Cleaner and more, as well as our full line of cleaning products.

Make safer, smarter cleaning product choices for your home and family by choosing Simple Green for all your cleaning needs.