I first used Simple Green in Nevada at the house we rented during our Frontsight Training. The homeowners installed a brand new stainless steel glass top range the first day we were there. I was the first human to ever cook on it.
I arrogantly stuck two whole sweet potatoes in the oven for an hour. No foil, no cookie sheet. You can guess what happened. Yep, black sticky baked on, burned on, through both oven racks and all over the oven floor goo.
I thought since it was still hot and fresh that I’d just wipe it up—nope. Not gonna happen. That stuff was seriously stuck on. And surprisingly hard and brittle.
Thankfully the homeowner had a bottle of Simple Green in the laundry pantry. It took several spray and scrub attempts but the oven was restored to like new condition within the hour.
Present Day: We are selling our kitchen appliances to make room for the new design and I decided they would be worth more clean . I shopped all over for a bottle of Simple Green and finally found one at Ace hardware. This stuff is special–not many places carry it.
On my next stop at Dollar Tree I found a bottle of similar looking stuff called Mean Green. It was only $1 so I thought it would be fun to compare the two. In the following pictures, I sprayed Simple Green on the right side of the oven and Mean Green on the left.
They are not the same product–and they did mix somewhere in the middle of the oven–not a smart thing to do. But I’m still alive to tell the tale.
Here’s how they compared:
Amount: Simple Green 24 oz Mean Green 20 oz
Cost: Simple Green $5 Mean Green $1
Dilution: Simple Green Concentrated up to 30 times Mean Green didn’t specify
Toxicity: Simple Green claimed non toxic but keep out of reach of children, avoid contact with eyes and fumes
Mean Green: Contact poison control immediately if ingested, avoid contact with eyes, skin or fumes
Odor: Both had a mild cleaning agent scent Simple Green had a touch of pine to it which was stronger smelling than Mean Green
Cleaning Powder: I couldn’t tell a difference between the two.
Tips: Let the cleaner sit at least 3 minutes before wiping, but not long enough to dry. Wipe up the first layer (paper towels are very effective for this, but expensive.) Then spray, rest, and wipe again. The stuff will come off in layers until the cleaner can penetrate all the way to the oven. Wear rubber gloves for either cleaner. Use a plastic scraper (like what comes with baking stoneware) for big chunks. You’ll need to follow up with a glass cleaner on the doors since both cleaners left a streaky residue.
Final verdict: The cleaners didn’t work as well on 1 year old baked on junk as they did on fresh stuff. For some spots my old baking soda and dishsoap with a scrub pad is still better. But if toxicity isn’t an issue for you the Mean Green seemed to have just as much cleaning powder as the Simple Green for a lot less money.