Over the years through the RVers grapevine I had heard a product called Simple Green mentioned over and over. Almost any time a question was posed asking for cleaning advice several people would chime in recommending Simple Green.
Finally, I picked up a bottle to try it for myself and I have to say “wow!” they were right. What took me so long to give it a go?
I initially bought it to clean some very stubborn black streaks that developed on my front fiberglass trailer cap and a few stains on the awning. It worked so well I’ve tried it on all sorts of other things around the RV with also great results.
Note – This RV cleaning tip post is in no way sponsored by Simple Green. I received no compensation or free product from the company. All the following information and opinion is my own. – Ray
A Few Product Warnings
Simple Green is a very powerful degreaser and can cause problems when used on certain surfaces. For example, if used on uncoated aluminum and left too long before washing off it might dull the finish. I won’t use it on clear plastics like an instrument panel as it may cloud it. Also be aware it may strip off waxes. Best to test it out on a small area first. Check out the Simple Green Website for more info – http://simplegreen.com/faqs/
Simple Green Pros and Cons
- Non-Toxic and Biodegradable
- Inexpensive, especially when purchased in large jugs
- Very versatile, can be used for an amazing number of cleaning jobs
- Works awesome on stubborn grease and grime
- Doesn’t cause irritation to eyes or lungs like some cleaners I’ve used
- Smells good. Has a very pleasing scent
- Can discolor or dull some metals like aluminum
- Safe on most plastics but not all
- Comes very concentrated so care is needed when using full strength
RV Cleaning Tip – Uses for Simple Green
Stubborn Black Streaks
I’ve used the expensive bottles of “RV Black Streak Remover” in the past, but they pale in comparison to the job Simple Green does. The only difference is the Simple Green is more likely to be also stripping the wax coat off my fiberglass so I use it only when absolutely required. Then I wash and rewax the surface right away.
White RV Sinks and Covers
Our rig came with white sink basins and matching covers. They seem to be constantly getting grimy with food stains, etc. Up until this point, I’ve been using bleach to keep them white, having to actually let the covers soak in a bleach and water mix for a few hours to get them white. I gave them a go with Simple Green full strength with about 10 minutes of soak time and they came out beautifully. The covers looked just like new!
Simple Green is an excellent degreaser making my job of barbecue cleanup much easier. I spray it all over the greasy BBQ case and grill and let it soak in really well then wipe it off with paper towels. After that, I give the BBQ a good wash with soap and water to remove any Simple Green residue before using it for cooking. Simple Green claims to be “non-toxic” but I do like to be sure when it comes to food.
Awning Spot Clean
For care of my Dometic 9100 vinyl awning, I like to follow the manufacturer-recommended cleaning method. They say to use a mixture of bleach, dish soap, and water. But for really stubborn spot treatment where this solution isn’t enough Simple Green does an excellent job.
Our RV Entrance Door
Our main entrance door and the surrounding frame is white plastics and metal and seems to really attract dirt and grease. I’m likely the main culprit with my dirty hands from working around the trailer and truck. Simple Green is easily able to cut through the grease and grime making it all shiny and white again.
Walls, Floors, Carpets, and Clothes
By diluting it with water, Simple Green can be used to clean our vinyl floors and RV walls. It’s also great at getting out grease spots in carpeting and clothes. Best of all it is safer for our pet, being that it’s non-toxic.
Kitchen Window Metal Blinds
We have a set of white metal window blinds in the kitchen. They are located right near our gas stove and end up getting covered in grease splatter. To give them a thorough cleaning I unhook them and take them outside. Then I soak them in Simple Green, give them a light scrub with a soft brush and hose them off. They come out perfectly clean again with little effort.
Trailer Jacks and Suspension
I use it to clean off old greases and oils from the rear stabilizer jacks and other metal parts under the RV before applying fresh lube.
Fifth Wheel Hitch
Simple Green applied full strength does a great job of removing all the old grease and road grime off my fifth wheel hitch prior to applying fresh lubrication.
I’d highly recommend this product to my fellow full-time RVers out there. We don’t have a huge amount of space to carry every cleaner under the sun. Simple Green is like a Swiss army knife cleaner, doing so many jobs well. It gets a Love Your RV! two thumbs up. Follow this link to see the many, many things Simple Green can be used for – http://simplegreen.com/cleaning-tips/
UPDATE May 2020
I’ve since tried a product called LA’s Totally Awesome Cleaner and it works very well too. It can be purchased at various dollar stores.