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I ran across another thread about cleaning/not cleaning Glocks and some people said they used an Ultrasonic cleaner. Some said they use Simple Green with it. I remembered that Simple Green was suspected of being damaging to certain plastics and metals. I found the following which I thought would be helpful to post for others to be aware of:
TLDR: Do not use (regular) Simple Green on guns


"While Original Simple Green is an excellent all-purpose cleaner/degreaser, it was not designed for long-term storage of bike chains or other parts....Under no circumstances should anything be stored in any formula of Simple Green.

The new product, called ExtremeSimple Green Aircraft & Precision Cleaner, has heightened non-corrosive qualities, making it perhaps more suitable for high-tech bike alloys, painted surfaces, rubber and plastic parts. To date we have only promoted this product in the aviation industry. If it turns out to be better for bicycles and bike parts as well, then we’d certainly like to let people know about that.
Denise Dochnahl
Marketing Specialist
Simple Green"

Aircraft forums warned against using regular simple green for any purposes. Not just storing parts in it.
Thus my warning. I'll look for and provide more information but the fact that they have a special "non corrosive " and "rubber plastic safe " version speaks volumes
 
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I also want to take this opportunity to ask others- what besides SG do you all use in an Ultrasonic cleaner for your Ultrasonic cleaning?
What is your procedure and solution? How long have you been doing it?
 

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1. make sure wife is not around
2. put really hot water and dawn dish washing detergent in
3. using a toothbrush(not hers) clean frame slide slide barrel and recoil assembly
4. rinse with really hot water
5. shake, wipe and or use compressed air let dry completely
6. relube per factory reccomendations
7. reassemble

remember glocks love baths.. navy seals dive with them.. police and military stand out in the rain with them
 

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While Original Simple Green is an excellent all-purpose cleaner/degreaser, it was not designed for long-term storage of bike chains or other parts....Under no circumstances should anything be stored in any formula of Simple Green.
Perhaps I'm just silly, but I've never been tempted to store my weapons in any type of cleaning solution. Nor do I know anyone who ever has.

Methinks perchance there's a difference between using a solution for cleaning, versus storing items in that solution.
 

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My plastic guns frames always get baths in HOT water with dish soap scrubbing bubbles and tooth brushes. I also use an aerosol product called SD20 which is a general purpose degreaser with no ill affects on the frames.

Slides are still old school Hoppes #9 and Hoppes oil. Bore snakes for the barrels. Q tips, T shirts, and what ever other implements to keep the upper half running like a sewing machine.

Simple Green has always been a no go for me. I don't use it on anything at all.
 

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1. make sure wife is not around

remember glocks love baths.. navy seals dive with them.. police and military stand out in the rain with them
Thankfully my wife is usually doing her part in the cleaning process since she shoots more in a given year than I do. It's awesome having a gun loving wife.
 

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I use CLP for everything. I ran into a product called GunBlast and sprayed my Walther PPK with it to clean it and it melted the grips.
 
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I used CLP forever and a day. But when a buddy of mine gave me a sample of Eezox, I switched, and haven’t looked back.

http://www.eezox.info

(***And, no, I’m not a paid spokesperson...but I should be.)
 
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I'm going to venture a guess that Simply Green contains water, causing rust if used for storage. Can't people read labels?
 

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Perhaps I'm just silly, but I've never been tempted to store my weapons in any type of cleaning solution. Nor do I know anyone who ever has.

Methinks perchance there's a difference between using a solution for cleaning, versus storing items in that solution.
It would seem like common sense not to store objects made of steel in a water based solvent. The fact that they mentioned bike chains leads me to believe that enthusiastic but mechanically challenged folk may have concluded that if the solvent system cleaned that chain, it could be left in the solution and would stay clean until needed. Alas, water and oxygen tend to do bad things to steel. Chemistry in action.
 
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