Over the summer, the kids and I have been testing out Mean Green cleaners around the house, and I’ve been pretty impressed with the strength of the bargain-priced cleaning products in this line.
Earlier this summer, one of my readers asked me to tackle “a dirty microwave” and see what Mean Green could do. In preparation for this post, I stopped wiping down the inside of our microwave for (yuck!) two months. All in the name of research, I assure you.
Around the time that I wasn’t cleaning our microwave, our daughter was getting ready to move to college too. We have had an old microwave in our basement for years that she planned to take to college with her. We moved the microwave from our old house, and as the house we moved into has a built-in over-the-range microwave, we put the old microwave on a shelf in the basement where it sat collecting dust for over a decade.
Last month, I brought the old microwave upstairs, and the yuck factor set in again when I realized that we hadn’t cleaned that microwave before storing it away. Nope. Not at all.
Yes, that is twelve-year-old food splatter.
My only excuse for not cleaning this before putting it in storage: I was seven months pregnant with our oldest son during our move to this house, and once we moved in, I was far more focused on setting up a nursery than cleaning a microwave we had no plans to use again anytime soon. Whoops.
Well, what better surface to try a cleaning product on, right? No one could argue that these were recent stains that really hadn’t set in!
My dog looked on as I sprayed the old microwave down with Mean Green Super Strength Cleaner and Degreaser. His big brown eyes seemed to say, “Really? You’re finally cleaning that thing now?”
I sprayed the microwave door with Mean Green, and cleaner and grease immediately started cascading down the glass door. My dog and his short attention span didn’t stick around to see the results, but you can:
I was really impressed how easily the grime wiped off the microwave door. On to the microwave interior! I removed the tray and sprayed all of the surfaces with Mean Green. This microwave has a porcelain enamel interior, and the baked-on food did not wipe off this surface quite as easily with a paper towel as it did off the glass.
As the paper towels weren’t quite as effective on the interior surface, I switched to this scrubbing pad with a metal mesh surface. I sprayed some Mean Green on the pad too and got to work.
Now I was getting somewhere! The combination of the scrubbing pad and the Mean Green worked really well to clean the rest of the baked-on-grossness off the top, bottom and walls of the microwave.
So much better! My daughter only saw the microwave in this “after” state and remarked that it still looked great for an appliance that’s more than 20 years old. (That’s because I didn’t let her see what it looked like before I cleaned it up.)
Now, I still had another microwave to tackle — our over-the-range unit with two months’ worth of bacon grease, splattered sauces and who-knows-what else on its walls. Again, I usually grab a paper towel and wipe it down if I notice something has made a mess inside, but I deliberately let it get nasty for this cleaning experiment:
Yes, that’s a mess. Just as before, I removed the tray and sprayed the door, walls, top and bottom with Mean Green.
The bacon grease on the door (I’m assuming it’s bacon, as we make a lot of bacon in this thing) easily wiped off with a paper towel.
When it came to the interior, I found that it took a lot more effort to scrub these stainless steel walls down than it did with the porcelain walls of our old microwave. The Mean Green did a good job of dissolving a lot of the grease, but I did not want to scratch the stainless steel by using the metal mesh pad. So, I just kept scrubbing it with paper towels. Here, I’m about halfway done — what a difference between the clean side and the unscrubbed side!
Here’s the finished product! With both microwaves clean, I found myself looking around the kitchen to see what else I could blast with Mean Green. I noticed that something had cooked over in the oven and dripped out the door:
I thought this would be an interesting test as whatever was baked on did not scratch off easily. I blasted it with Mean Green, and it immediately began to dissolve and run down the broiler door.
Once the cooked-over food began to dissolve and drip down the door, I tried to wipe it off with a paper towel, but it wasn’t budging — the dripping-down Mean Green would wipe off, but the original food drips would not. So, I just kept spraying until the entire thing dissolved:
After cleaning up all the kitchen messes that I could find, I decided to try Mean Green in one more place: A fiberglass shower stall in the bathroom.
We have a lot of iron in our water, and after a while, orange streaks tend to build up on the shower walls. I had read that Mean Green was a good product to use to dissolve this kind of mineral build-up, so I wanted to try it on this too.
Now, we’ve been using Mean Green products around the house all summer long, as the brand sent a box of products over at the beginning of the summer for me to try out as an ambassador. Based on our earlier experiences, I was already aware that Mean Green packs a lot of power, especially considering its $2-$2.50 per-bottle price. However, this is the task that impressed me the most. Not having to scrub this shower!
I’ve used other products in the past which required a lot of scrubbing to remove this mineral film (even though they have “scrubbing” in their name. You know who you are, scrubbing products that don’t scrub this well!) By saturating the wall with Mean Green, this orange-ish iron mineral film just poured off the wall.
Initially, I was also using paper towels to wipe the Mean Green and film off the wall. However, I found that by keeping the wall wet with spray, the film just dissolved and ran to the shower floor on its own. Yes, you’ll use more Mean Green this way, but it’s a fine trade-off that beats having to scrub.
It’s been fun trying out a product I was unfamiliar with prior to this campaign. 32-ounce bottles of Mean Green sell for $2 at Dollar General, and 40-ounce bottles are under $2.50 at Walmart and Lowe’s. Menards also has the gallon jugs on sale for $3.99 at times. It’s really reasonably-priced considering how well it works.
Learn more about Mean Green cleaning products at www.meangreendegreaser.com.
Now, one of you will get to put Mean Green to the test in your own home, because I’ve got a one-year supply to give away to a lucky reader!
Leave a comment below to enter for a chance to win: This Mean Green giveaway begins today, September 8, 2016, and runs for one week. The giveaway will end on September 14, 2016 at 11:59pm CST, and on September 15th, one winner will be chosen via a random number generator!
UPDATE: Giveaway has ended. The winner is Amy G!