Derived from 100% natural citrus oils, Green Oil’s Green Clean is every bit as effective as other brands of miracle wash, eating road grime for breakfast and congealed grease for lunch. Kind to seals and other rubber components, it's completely harmless to plants, humans, pets and even cleans up after itself. The only things left behind are shiny steeds and a sweet citrus fragrance.
Armed with a healthy scepticism and a filthy Uinivega, I shook the contents vigorously before spraying liberally over the entire bike. Thoughtfully the trigger-spray has two settings-one for maximum coverage and the other a higher-pressure meaning cleaning power can be targeted at specific areas and/or accumulated dirt.
Leaving the solution to work its magic over the witch’s brew of road grime, mud, congealed oils and surface spray for the recommended couple of minutes, I siphoned a bucket of rainwater from the garden butt and sloshed it over the bike using a jumbo car sponge. Credit where it’s due, the solution is very potent and cold water rising has left most areas sparkling on the first attempt.
However, some frame finishes benefit from a quick lick of funiture polish and buffing to a shine using an old T-shirt. Similarly impatient or time poor riders will be pleased to know using warm tap water and a soft brush seems even more efficient-especially tackling ingrained dirt on embossed bar wrap.
Watching the ingredients consume the residual, murky pools beneath the bike-seemingly before the eyes, captivated my six year old and is likely to win brownie points with significant others too. Deliberately Prolonging exposure times and regular use shows no obvious ill effect upon delicate finishes, elastomer bushes and seals but don’t overdo it and be aware that some skin types can react with the ingredients.
Effective cleaner that’s tough on grime but kind to the environment
road.cc test report
Make and model: Green Oil Green Clean bike spray
Size tested: 1L
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Green Clean is a one-litre ecological pump spray bike cleaner based around natural citrus ingredients. neither road nor mtb specific, it makes short of most grime, leaving behind shiny bikes without any harmful chemicals. It's great value, nice to use and probably the best "magic cleaner" I've come accross.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Orange citrus oils, coconut extracts "among other ecological ingredients". 100% biodegradable. Contains d-limonene, found in orange peel which may react on some skin types.
Very pleasant to use but keep away from eyes and minimise contact with skin just to be on the safe side.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Performs more effectively than most on all types of finishes and dirt without streaking-even with cold rain water but some frame finishes benefit from a quick polish using Mr Sheen afterwards.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Fast acting, efficient cleaner that even consumes the dirty puddles, leaving behind a shiny steed and scent of oranges.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Without hesitation
About the tester
Age: 36 Height: 1m 81 Weight: 70 kilos
I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,
Shaun Audane is a freelance writer/product tester with over twenty-eight years riding experience, the last twelve (120,000 miles) spent putting bikes and kit through their paces for a variety of publications. Previous generations of his family worked at manufacturing's sharp end, thus Shaun can weld, has a sound understanding of frame building practice and a preference for steel or titanium framesets.
Citing Richard Ballantine and an Au pair as his earliest cycling influences, he is presently writing a cycling book with particular focus upon women, families and disabled audiences (Having been a registered care manager and coached children at Herne Hill Velodrome in earlier careers)