Muc Off Launches Plastic-Free Punk Powder Bike Cleaner

Jul 29, 2021
by Ed Spratt  

Muc Off has launched a new cleaning product that it claims is the world's first plastic-free bike cleaner.

Muc Off supplies the Punk Powder in two small 30 gram packets and each sachet can produce 1 liter of bike cleaner when added to water. Using these small packets results in a 92% decrease in packaging over 2 liters of standard bike cleaner. The new cleaner is also readily biodegradable, with 75% of ingredients being plant-based.

bigquotesThis has been a real passion project for us as we continue our mission to reduce single-use plastic. Punk Powder embodies everything Muc-Off stands for, a marriage of high performance and sustainability. It had to be just as good as our other bike cleaners, but in a more environmentally focused and convenient format. The team have done an epic job producing something truly game-changing and totally plastic-free. We can’t wait to get more riders shredding then cleaning their bikes with Punk Powder – it’ll help us all do our bit for Mother Nature! Alex Trimnell, CEO at Muc-Off

The launch of Punk Powder follows the announcement from Muc Off about its new goal to save 200 tonnes of plastic by 2023. Forming a long list of eco-credentials, Punk Powder is vegan, not tested on animals, plastic-free, petroleum-free and is made from more than 50% renewable materials with vegetable-based inks used for the recycled FSCcard packaging. The powder is also lighter and smaller to ship than a regular bottle of cleaner resulting in a sizeable reduction of Muc Off's CO2 impact across its global supply chain. Muc Off believes by using Punk Powder, more than 61 tonnes of plastic can be saved per year.


The packaging can be converted into a funnel, so no powder goes to waste. Punk Powder will cost $19.99 for two 30g sachets and the aluminium Bottle For Life bundle is $39.99.


99 Comments

  • 73 5
 How much better is this compared to dish soap mixed with water in a spray bottle?
  • 11 2
 my thoughts exactly
  • 40 1
 I've tried several competing brands, and, yes - also home made mixes. Annoyingly enough, nothing comes close to the pink stuff. Some of them have been as expensive, yet totally useless.
In that sense, this is good news. I've been ranting at various shops about not selling the refill option rather than those bottles (where about 40% of the nozzles are bad as well)

AFAIK, dish soap can be a bit dodgy, as it kills grease. Don't know how much better MO is in that regard, but my bearings last ok. I've had some success with soap for washing cars, but that always requires some work with a sponge.
  • 7 2
 @knutspeed: I'm a big fan of their sealant as because it lasts literal months and does a great job sealing beads and holes, but the cost of their cleaning stuff is astronomical. Bearings are double sealed. So if a low pressure soapy water mix is getting IN to the bearings, it's not the soapy water's fault. It's time to replace the bearings. I don't clean my bike often but I do clean my suspension stanchions and shafts after every ride with soapy water. And for that, dish soap mix in a spray bottle works perfectly fine.
  • 16 0
 Probably little to none, but how many soap companies sponsor MTB athletes vs. muc off?
  • 2 0
 @knutspeed: hope shifter (formerly known a sh1t shifter) is a huge leap above muc off, it's the only cleaner I've ever tried that increases brake power instead of decreases it (till its burnt off)
  • 3 0
 @knutspeed: Bilt Hamber APC blow ANYTHING AWAY and £15 for 5L of concentrate cannot be beaten on price by overpriced pink shite with big marketing budgets
  • 1 0
 @Pandamonia: where can I buy?
  • 3 1
 The point is/was always to be biodegradable, not to be better than dish soap but yeah Expensive.
  • 7 0
 Actually it is much better, it literally removes the dirt/sealant without effort;
I do not use it much, like few times per year;

however super happy with results;
  • 8 7
 never use dish soap! it will get in deeper then you think and take out bearings much faster then your think.
  • 2 3
 Or better yet, water and a brush. Once upon a time I had a car was brush that was nice and short. That was all I used to clean muddy bikes. Rinse the mud off with a shower spray, not jet, then attach the brush to the hose no have at her. Never a need for soap. The drivetrain is different but even then using Prolink or Rock n Roll there wasn’t much need for degreasers.
  • 8 6
 Simple Green at Costco. Biodegradable. Effective for many things. Jug is recyclable. And per diluted ounce about 100x cheaper.
  • 2 0
 Like a thousand times better. Muc Off is like a miracle solution. Bike looks like new in less than 5 minutes with next to no work. It’s incredible.
  • 2 0
 @brandaneisma: Irish Spring and Dial seem like natural sponsors for MTB. Could you imagine Loic and Jordi doing mandatory Dial commercials?
  • 7 0
 @foggnm: Simple Green dulls the finish.
  • 3 0
 @foggnm: Paint Fade big time using Simple Green. Muck Off is way better for your 5k+ bike!
  • 1 0
 @likeittacky: found the same thing with simple green. Been told the “car wash” version is better, still would rather use the pink stuff
  • 1 0
 Mucoff also does an amazing job at cleaning contaminated brake rotors, better than even rubbing alcohol and a torch and way easier to do
  • 1 0
 @Pandamonia: I'm not sure if you mean Bilt Hamber's (BH) Surfex HD as an APC? I use it a lot on my cars in different dilutions for all sorts of cleaning but when I use it on my bike it is invariably for cleaning the chain because it is a water based degreaser and a good one at that. I've also used BH's snow foam when the bike is really mucky.
  • 1 0
 @foggnm: interesting to check this
  • 2 0
 Gallon of cheap car wash soap from Walmart. Less than $3 a gallon. Will safely clean your bike for years.
  • 2 1
 @jason475: Do you wear a Gstring bikini while washing LOL
  • 1 0
 @foggnm: what you’ll find here is that you’ll be suffering increased prices from import taxes and the shops adding their cut on as well. Have you looked at buying direct?
  • 1 0
 @Pandamonia: hi, interesting as ii use bilthamber surfex for my cars, and have large quantities of it, what dillution ratio do u run for bike washing?
  • 1 0
 @Tykebike: Its an APC. You can dilute it down. its a cleaner and degreaser
  • 29 1
 If we're not paying for packaging why is it still so expensive?
  • 32 1
 Powdered soap paywall.
  • 10 0
 or why am I not getting 10 packets at that price?
  • 5 2
 I would guess they had to do a lot of R&D to develop this and hope to make up those costs through price. Long term when there are competitors offering similar benefits the price will go down. standard supply and demand
  • 1 0
 @Icehawk: Most companies do R&D as a matter of course, so it's a bit of a myth in that respect.
That's not what supply and demand means. It's a measure of how available a resource/product is vs the demand for it. Think PPE/sanitiser during the pandemic. There is no shortage of Muc-Off and demand will always be fairly consistent. There are plenty of competitors for their existing products but prices have been consistently high. Same with other brands like Stans and Peatys.
  • 3 0
 @Icehawk: Proper Cleaner do an equivalent product, it's £5 for 1.5L whereas this is £14.99 for 2L.
  • 18 1
 Can they make an E-cleaner? I still want it to feel like cleaning but want the e-cleaner to do most of the work. All my friends pass me on the cleans and it would be nice to be able to clean with them again.
  • 3 0
 As long as you still have to spray it from the bottle, that way I can claim I’m still cleaning
  • 16 0
 Hose off with water. Agitate big lumps of mud with brush. Hose off with water. Wipe down with micro fibre. Hose off with water. Wipe down with clean micro fibre. Bike is now clean.
  • 3 7
flag HankHank (Jul 29, 2021 at 13:37) (Below Threshold)
 Yep. Then spray GT85 on the stanchions and frame, just because it smells goooood
  • 23 0
 @HankHank: I normally apply roll-on deodorant to the underside of the headtube and bottom bracket to make my bike smell appealing
  • 1 0
 @dexterfawkes: roll-on deodorant reminds me of the 70's and the original Charlie's Angels. I have no idea why.
  • 2 0
 @dexterfawkes: has to be Lynx to get all them chicks around your bike tho !
  • 12 0
 looks like the same stuff Guy Martin has been selling for a while
  • 23 2
 Kind of, except our powder comes in Water Soluble capsules. Water soluble film is super difficult to work with, their product is powder in a box. Our solution guarantees you put the right amount into the bottle every time, with minimal risk of spilling. Proper Cleaner, Proper Price, Proper Job. Job's a peach!
  • 2 0
 @ProperCleaner:

Ooooff. Competition lurking
  • 5 0
 @ProperCleaner: so basically your saying its better and less faff....

and you did it before them?
  • 5 1
 @AndyBradUK: ours is as good a cleaner, doesn't fade paint or plastics, less faff and we launched November 2017.
  • 4 1
 @digressor: not really, just replying to comment where we were mentioned.
  • 5 0
 @ProperCleaner: Wasn't meant as a critisism.

100% on board with you. I've been telling the MucOff reps for years now that it's mental to have 'refill stations' with the diluted stuff. Posting the water is just mental IMO.

When will these be back in stock?

www.guymartinproper.com/collections/proper-general-cleaner-by-guy-martin/products/proper-cleaner-refill-pouch-making-1-5-litres?variant=3118719205402
  • 2 1
 Guy Martin is a saint!
  • 3 0
 @ProperCleaner: been using proper cleaner since the start & have always been impressed. Great guys, keep up the good work!
  • 1 0
 @cmcc87: Ta, much appreciated.
  • 2 0
 @green-bastard: back in stock now.
  • 11 4
 Dish soap is designed to cut grease. And is quite harsh.. Aka kills paint on cars over time and can stripe the wax off. On the side note of cleaning your forks. There should be a fine layer of oil on the forks not really noticablw to the eye. But enough to. Let you seal slide. Using dish soap takes this away and will. Cause sticktion. Muc off cleaner is designed to not cut grease and oil. So as to avoid this.
  • 10 0
 That was a beautiful. Haiku.
  • 3 3
 You know you can dilute the dish soap and-and not wipe your stanchions with it right? And my bike sees waaaaaaay more wear and tear (even covered in heli tape and AMS sticker) from riding than washing.
  • 1 0
 @wyorider: Also wouldn't just regular lower leg services fix that issue as well. Compress the fork and it's lubed up again.
  • 8 1
 I am announcing that I will continue to use a bucket of warm water and some dish soap. I will not be taking questions at this time.
  • 4 1
 You are banned from PB paywall site for sure, get in line.
  • 5 1
 I personally think this is a fantastic idea and a glance at the future. Hopefully, more companies think like Muc-Off.
We don't need bottles each time.
We don't need water to be shipped.
we don't need single-use plastics.
We do need forward-thinking alternatives.
We do need innovation.
We do need decent bike cleaner (not everyone lives in a dry climate without mud)
  • 6 0
 Plastic aside, shipping water isn't very environmentally friendly nor is it profitable...
  • 2 0
 Exactly what I keep telling everyone!
  • 3 0
 As the dish soap vs. speciality cleaner hissy fit rages on, just want to acknowledge the effort to move away from shipping large vessels of liquids encased in single use plastic. I appreciate the simple (for customers) solution here.
  • 3 0
 When i bought my first bike, the first few times i cleaned it top to bottom with soap. It was so much work that i almost lost interest in biking. Since then i hardly ever clean my bike and when i do i only use water and some old cloth, takes about 5 minutes. Plastic free and also chemicals free.
  • 4 2
 ….and everyone complain about a company trying to do what they can to help the cause. Yes, ignore the efforts they’ve put in to reduce their footprint and instead whine that the product sucks or is expensive. Ps.. it doesn’t suck. It’s wicked. It’s worth the money.
  • 2 0
 Muc-Off in my experience works very well. As stated above, Simple Green will fade the finish on fork lowers & crowns or aluminum wheels. Dawn is used to remove crude oil from wildlife, it will remove virtually any oil from your bike. With Muc-Off, you rinse, spray, scrub lightly and rinse and the bike looks great. The resulting finish looks clean and polished, almost like you applied a surface protectant. I haven't had that same experience with other soaps... No matter how much your bike cost, it's nice to keep it looking fresh! In my experience, nothing effectively gets sealant off...
  • 5 0
 theres nothing remotely green about a consumable product that is not needed 99 percent of the time it is used.
  • 4 3
 Must say I see alot of customers bikes at the shop I work at, who clean their bikes with dish washer. The anodized alloy parts are really losing their colour and drivetrains wear faster. Really love working with Muc-Off products as we tried and tested many others. Good distributor also helps alot!
  • 9 2
 there are dozens of mild paint friendly soaps in the auto and janitorial market. But then again these days people wrap their bikes in vinyl tape so they don't get scratches...which baffles me.
  • 3 0
 @foggnm: I go to the autoparts store about 40 times for my bike for every time I do for my car. oils, greases, cleaning products, (and my favorite, silicon tape) are all orders of magnitude cheaper there than the exact same product dressed up for bikes.
  • 1 0
 @foggnm: Also as a fellow Burque, I need to dust my bikes far more often than I wash them (except AF trips).
  • 1 0
 I made the mistake of putting a bottle of Muc-off in my tool box once. I somehow managed to knock the top open and all my tools came out shiny and clean... The spare chain also had none of that waxy lube they put on it left on...
  • 1 0
 The funny thing is that Muc-off started off as X-lite who used to make rather nice anodised bar ends and skewers. They of all people should know how not to destroy the finish.

I really, really wanted X-lite bar ends, but had to make do with Onza - am I showing my age? Smile
  • 8 5
 Muc Off is somehow worse than plain water without soap. Worst $20 ever. I don't understand why people buy this stuff...it's a nice purple color and it says nano?
  • 2 0
 Just get a jug of simple green at the hardware store and reuse an old windex bottle. $10 will last you years. Save money and the environment.
  • 1 1
 "real passion project for us as we continue our mission to reduce single-use plastic" but don't give a shart about shipping liquids 1000's of miles across land and sea. They'd make a powdered/dry version we can mix ourselves if they really cared about the environment.
  • 1 0
 Did you read the article? This product literally is a powder that you mix yourself...
  • 2 0
 The purple or green stuff from WalMart. 50/50 with water and a dab of Dawn dishwashing soap in a spray bottle. I call it Fuc Off.
  • 1 0
 It is just scary that plastic is almost in everything but anyway I can not recall ever washing my bikes, chain gets lubed, stanchions get wiped off and the rest falls off on the next ride or so.
  • 5 2
 You know what else is plastic free...plain old water.
  • 1 1
 We use shout on our bikes and mtbs works well. Anyone see the irony, but every bit counts i suppose, removing plastic packaging on soap to clean a bike made of single use plastic (carbon).
  • 3 0
 You only use your bike one time? Is this how the one percent lives?
  • 2 0
 I believe carbon has an infinite fatigue life, so it is a better material to keep and use indefinitely. However, the limiting factor is usually bearing interfaces, evolving geometry and simply wanting a change. It can also explode if overloaded, but provided you ride within the design parameters, you should be grand.
  • 2 0
 Full commitment would be to not offer this as an option but offer it as THE only option
  • 1 0
 I recently started going plastic free this year. I love to see companies doing this and would purchase if nothing else, so others would see their success with this.
  • 2 0
 Am I the only one who finds this ruins the day ain’t finish or certain parts, like fork lowers???
  • 1 0
 Paint**
  • 2 0
 So that whole spray head is NOT made of plastic???
  • 1 0
 its not single use unlike plastic packaging.
  • 2 0
 @themouse77: it is single use. when you try it and realize how bad it is you quickly switch over to your old Morgan spray head.
  • 3 1
 Or, just buy Optimum No Rinse. You're welcome
  • 4 2
 TRY SLICK OFF ROAD WASH . MUCH MICH BETTER AMD CHEAPER
  • 2 0
 A+ eco friendly, less packaging
F- Crystal Lightesque, Tide pod-demic
  • 2 1
 Never buying muc off bs ever again see ya xxx
  • 1 0
 "Green"
  • 1 0
 Pink is the new green
  • 4 5
 Muc-off worth every dam penny...
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