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    Simple Green Alternative Without the Smell?

    I like Simple Green cleaner but I hate the smell! There's something about it that just doesn't agree with me.

    Are there any alternatives with the same qualities as Simple Green, but with a different smell?

    How are citrus cleaners different?
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    citrus degreasers do work; go ahead and give them a shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage sale GT View Post
    citrus degreasers do work; go ahead and give them a shot.
    +1. I use citrus based degreasers in my garage and in the kitchen. They do a good job at degreasing. And I do prefer the smell of orange.

    The Simple Green odor doesn't agree with me either. I consider it a sickening-sweet smell. It works well as a degreaser, and I do use it at times, but not my fav smell.

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    Man, I love the smell as well as the way it cleans.

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    simple green is the ****, dont know why you dont like the smell, my mom cleans houses and she has allot of that simple green stocked in the house, she also has citrus aka orange/lemon degrease rs but why bother simple green is the best of the best.
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    Simple Green makes a citrus scented version. Best of both worlds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCrew View Post
    Simple Green makes a citrus scented version. Best of both worlds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage sale GT View Post
    citrus degreasers do work; go ahead and give them a shot.
    But beware that citrus cleaners are hell on plastic or rubber parts.
    That is the biggest advantage Simple Green has over citrus cleaners.

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    I've never found a need for citrus cleaner or simple green for cleaning a bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveSSS View Post
    I've never found a need for citrus cleaner or simple green for cleaning a bike.
    I use it mainly for chains, chainrings, and cassettes.

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    citrus for white bartape and white saddles.
    Chainrings and cassettes too... but I don't use it anywhere I can't thoroughly dry (no chains or near bearings in freewheels).
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    Quote Originally Posted by chevy42083 View Post
    citrus for white bartape and white saddles.
    Chainrings and cassettes too... but I don't use it anywhere I can't thoroughly dry (no chains or near bearings in freewheels).
    I usually remove the chain, clean with said using a brush. Then a few rinses with water and finally a quick soak in hot tap water, then left to dry. And on goes the lube.

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    Whats this simple green can be put on chainrings and casettes/freewheels ??? I didnt't know this, so I can put some simple green on a cloth and wipe the chainrings and cassette and not worry? Once applied do you just whip it dry or do you have to lube it after the parts have been degreased? Im confused, I thought simple green was used to clean bikes paint, rather than soaking it with water and soap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FR4NCH1SE View Post
    Whats this simple green can be put on chainrings and casettes/freewheels ??? I didnt't know this, so I can put some simple green on a cloth and wipe the chainrings and cassette and not worry? Once applied do you just whip it dry or do you have to lube it after the parts have been degreased? Im confused, I thought simple green was used to clean bikes paint, rather than soaking it with water and soap.
    if you are using simple green do degrease your drivetrain then you can spray it on your drivetrain, let it sit for a few min, use a brush to loosen all the dirt/grime, then rinse with water. once your drivetrain is dry and clean then you lube your chain.

    simple green isnt just for washing your bike's frame, it's a multi-purpose cleaning agent.

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    el duke for a degreaser.

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    I use mineral spirits for all degreasing. No strong caustics for me.

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    If you're using it as a degreaser, you may as well just use mineral spirits and save yourself the $$ by settling/decanting it until it's totally spent, then dispose of it properly.
    Once you use a "green" cleanser for oil and grease removal, it's no longer green and you shouldn't dispose of it down a sink or storm drain.
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