Can You Use Simple Green to Clean Guns?

Can you use ordinary household cleaners to clean guns?

How about Simple Green?

Let’s try it on some burnt on powder residue and see what happens.

Simple Green - Gun Cleaner?

Here’s the simple green and the test materials – H4831 smokeless powder and a flat metal surface.

Let’s get started.

Simple Green - Gun Cleaner?

Here’s about 50 grains of H4831 smokeless powder. I’ll ignite it and then pour out another 50 grains for a 2nd burn.

Simple Green - Gun Cleaner?

Here’s the mess….burnt on powder fouling. I’m going to spray it down with the Simple Green and then let it soak for 10 minutes.

Simple Green - Gun Cleaner?

…soaking for 10 minutes.

Simple Green - Gun Cleaner? Results

As you can see the fouling wiped off easily without scrubbing or brushing. The Simple Green cleaner soaked through/penetrated the fouling and loosened it, making it easy to remove.

Simple Green - Gun Cleaner? Results

There is some discoloration still on the metal surface but the tough carbon fouling is gone. Simple Green is a very effective cleaner. I use it around the house for everything from cars to tile floor grout. It’s safe and non-toxic without a strong smell.

YES…you can use it on firearms, just remember to lubricate everything after cleaning. Simple Green will remove all oils and lubricants.

Here’s a link if you are interested in Simple Green….Simple Green Cleaner at Amazon.com