Grease and gunk can be incredibly difficult to clean when it gets caked on. It can take quite a lot of determination, and a healthy amount of chemical aid to remove it from surfaces thoroughly–and without leaving a residue behind. That’s why our cleaning experts here at Cleaning King set out to find the best degreaser on the market for our readers.
The cleaning industry is pretty well saturated with a seemingly endless list of industrial strength cleaners and degreasers. You can find different types, strengths, scents, textures, formulas, and even colours. It’s all a bit headache inducing when trying to shop for one that simply works!
So, what we set out to do was take two very comparable degreasers and compare them head-to-head to see which one you should use for your degreasing and general purpose cleaning needs! For that, we chose: Simple Green and Mean Green.
Aside from the fact that both cleaners use the word ‘green’ in their name, these cleaners are very similar in a lot of ways. So we thought it would be fair to pit them against eachiother to give you, the reader, the best insight into some of the most popular cleaning agents around.
After we go into exactly what you can expect from these two cleaners, we will take the time to explore what you should be looking for when you buy your own degreaser/industrial cleaner.
So, without further delay, let’s dive headfirst into the head-to-head comparison of Simple Green versus Mean Green.
Simple Green is one of the most recognizable names in all of cleaning. The company was started in 1979, and is a subsidiary of Sunshine Makers, Inc. For over 40 years the Simple Green name has been synonymous with tough cleaning, and it’s easy to see why!
Simple Green all-purpose degreaser/cleaner is a highly concentrated cleaning agent that can be used across a multitude of surfaces to clean and deodorize them quickly and effectively. From stainless steel, to iron, and even wood and fabrics. This cleaner can tackle virtually any level of grime across any surface.
One thing to note about Simple Green is that it is 30x concentrated. This means that it should be diluted when using. You can mess with the formula to get varying strengths that can be used for different surfaces and problem areas. This is important to know in case you end up trying to use the formula straight from the bottle–it’ll likely be too strong!
Simple Green is designed to be a completely safe product–for you and the environment It is 100% biodegradable, as well as non-toxic. It is safe to use throughout the home or outside without fear of it killing your garden or harming your pets and children. This gives you plenty of peace of mind if you are conscious of these things when cleaning.
Simple Green works well, and can handle most in-home cleaning projects that you may need to use it for. It’s not fancy, but it gets the job done and is always safe to use! However, it should be noted that Simple Green is generally not the cheapest option on the market.
Mean Green was founded in 1990 by Clayton Jones–the founder of ChemPro. While Mean Green may not be as tenured within the market as Simple green, it still comes with quite a bit of experience at over three decades in the game.
Mean Green is an industrial strength cleaner that has become popular in auto body shops, as well as other industrial settings. However, Mean Green makes it known that they are perfectly safe to be used in food processing plants as well as food handling facilities such as restaurants and kitchens.
Mean Green is a highly concentrated formula that is generally diluted at a 4:1 ratio, this makes it a bit less concentrated than some competing products–but it is plenty strong! This lower concentrate rate makes it easier to use in its original form if you have really tough stains or grime, without worrying about it being too corrosive.
Mean Green also touts its bleach, ammonia, and acid-free formula that is 100% biodegradable. However, we cannot speak to its toxicity as it is not sold as ‘non-toxic’. This should be considered when purchasing if you have concerns about your children or animals.
In most performance tests, Mean Green scores very well. It can tackle heavy-duty grime and grease with very little in the way of scrubbing on your behalf. This powerful cleaning also comes along with a very small price tag. On average Mean Green is about half the price of competing degreasers of comparable strength–such as Simple green. But the lower price is generally because Mean Green is mostly sold in larger quantities when it is found on shelves. This makes it ideal for industrial use.
Now that we know a bit more about each product, let’s take a closer look at some of the key aspects of a degreaser that you should be aware of. We will also look at which product performs best in these areas!
As we always say, safety first. You always need to know exactly what it is that you are using when dealing with powerful cleaners. This means that you should be aware of what your product can do in a worst case scenario, at all times.
You want to see how corrosive your product is, and if it is biodegradable, before you make the purchase. This will help you to protect yourself and your home/workplace from any potential mishaps.
Both products are very safe to use so long as you are careful and sensible. However, Simple Green does take the edge here. This is simply due to the fact that Simple Green is non-toxic orally, whereas Mean Green is not as far as we can tell.
Price is always going to be a factor, right after safety. You want to ensure that you are getting the most ‘bang for your buck’ when you buy anything, after all. Now, in this area it’s a bit more difficult to compare the two head-to-head. This is due to dilution, product size and usage differences.
Mean Green is generally sold in 40oz bottles with larger and smaller options available. Simple Green is typically sold in a 22oz bottle. Both bottles will cost you around $12 on Amazon. That comes out to roughly:
Simple Green = $0.56/oz
Mean Green = $0.33/oz
Now, this does quickly put Mean Green in the lead as the cheapest. However, you should remember that they are both different when it comes to how you dilute them. Simple Green is far more concentrated than Mean Green–this means it will go a bit further than its small bottle would suggest. By contrast, Mean Green can be used in its regular form which will make it go faster if used that way.
In general Mean Green is almost always cheaper all things considered. However, Simple green may last you a bit longer if you don’t have as much need for it.
Once you have determined if a product is safe to use, and the price is right, you want to know if it is compatible with your particular need. You need to know if it’s safe to use on the surface you need to clean.
Here it is a complete draw. Both cleaners are safe to use on tiles, stones, metals, fabrics, rubbers, etc,. You will find that either product you choose, you are getting something that is certified and rated for almost any surface. Just remember to get the dilution correct before use!
Overall it is a pretty difficult choice when it comes to which degreaser wins the round between these two ‘giants of grease’. However, our team at Cleaning King believes that we have an answer for you…
Our opinion is that, overall, Simple Green is the better choice for most situations. It may be a bit more expensive than Mean Green, but it is much safer to use with family and pets around. This cannot be overstated when it comes to keeping a house or workshop in top-top shape.
However, Mean Green is also an excellent product that can tackle virtually anything you throw it at. So, ultimately the choice is up to you!