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#166954 - 05/17/12 06:07 AM Simple Green - Toxic?
Joe Bowler Offline
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Be warned. I have been using Simple Green to clean my bowling balls for years. Then, I came across this article:
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articl...-and-toxic.aspx

Hopefully, the manufacturer will remove the toxic chemical from the formula. In the meantime, I would consider looking for an alternative cleaner, or at least limit your exposure.
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#166955 - 05/17/12 08:57 AM Re: Simple Green - Toxic? [Re: Joe Bowler]
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Thanks for the heads-up. I remember reading something a couple years back questioning it's "green" claim.

Lately I've been using mostly alcohol with a small percentage mix of simple green. Now that I know it's definitely toxic I'll make sure I avoid creating a mist with it while cleaning things. It is a degreaser, so I guess we have to expect a harsh ingredient, but the manufacture shouldn't have marketed it as a non-toxic product.

Alcohol isn't a degreaser but it dries fast and removes belt marks and dirt on the balls before they go in the bag. I also wipes the ball down between shots, but most of the oil is absorbed into the ball before it gets back to the ball return. Trying to remove penetrated oil out of a reactive sponge ball after a set with a strong cleaner is futile. That's why I do regular HW baths on the balls with some dish washing liquid.
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#166958 - 05/17/12 12:25 PM Re: Simple Green - Toxic? [Re: Joe Bowler]
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#166989 - 05/18/12 02:15 PM Re: Simple Green - Toxic? [Re: Joe Bowler]
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I am definitely going to stop drinking this stuff now.
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#166991 - 05/18/12 03:51 PM Re: Simple Green - Toxic? [Re: Joe Bowler]
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LMAO, that's too funny Fin! Me too!!!

Kidding aside, everything seems to be toxic nowadays... I'll still use it when my balls get that hot water bath now and then.
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#166992 - 05/18/12 04:38 PM Re: Simple Green - Toxic? [Re: Joe Bowler]
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Quote:
I am definitely going to stop drinking this stuff now.


That's why I use alcohol. smile
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#167730 - 06/09/12 07:53 PM Re: Simple Green - Toxic? [Re: Joe Bowler]
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I was looking for a possible alternative to Simple Green. I thought it would be a good idea to look at the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) first. Below is the link for Simple Green:
http://www.simplegreen.com/pdfs/MSDS_EN-US_AllPurposeCleaner.pdf

Below is the link for 3M Citrus Base Cleaner, another degreaser:
http://multimedia.3m.com/mws/mediawebserver?mwsId=SSSSSuUn_zu8l00x4x_Slx2GOv70k17zHvu9lxtD7SSSSSS--

Besides being five times the price of Simple Green, the Citrus Base cleaner is reported to be highly flammable, with potential side effects of headache, dizziness, drowsiness, incoordination, nausea, slowed reaction time, slurred speech, giddiness, and unconsciousness. Sounds like the drinks they serve at the bowling alley bar!

I think I will stick with Simple Green...straight...neither shaken nor stirred. smile
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#167745 - 06/10/12 03:59 AM Re: Simple Green - Toxic? [Re: Joe Bowler]
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You mean simple green sprayed on the ball directly or do you still dilute it?

For a sanded finish ball like the Vivid Storm is this recommended specially when I just finished playing on a sunset strip kegel patten it is soaked in oil. Should I give it the hot bath and simple green routine?
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#167747 - 06/10/12 08:00 AM Re: Simple Green - Toxic? [Re: charliexx]
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Some folks here prefer to mix Simple Green with alcohol, but I like it undiluted. I spray a few shots on a Viva paper towel then apply to the bowling ball. It works well at removing oil from the surface of both smooth and sanded balls. For oil soaked balls, some time in a Rujevenator oven, or a hot bath, will help restore the ball's reaction.
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#167749 - 06/10/12 09:43 AM Re: Simple Green - Toxic? [Re: Joe Bowler]
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I use a $2 bottle of isopropyl alcohol at the bowling alley, and simple green when I warm bathe my eqpt.
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