“ Brand: Simple Solution / Type: Enzyme cleaning solution for pet stains „
Simple Solution Natural Live Bio-Cultures Pet Stain and Odour Eliminator (ginger eucalyptus fragrance oil blend) comes in a clear plastic bottle with a black squirt lid that twists to open. It has a tan label with black lettering. The earthy colour of the label enforces the "natural" image of the product. I bought mine from Pets at Home for £7.19 for a 945ml bottle. I have not seen it anywhere else in the UK (in stores or online). The solution is a liquid, water like in consistency, that smells faintly of ginger and eucalyptus. Like other enzyme cleaners, this product will (or is supposed to) break down the proteins in organic matter. Unlike chemical cleaners, enzyme cleaners not only eliminate the visible signs and scents detectable by human noses- it also breaks them down so that an animal will no longer be able to identify the "marking" scent.
My experience: In the process of housebreaking an Alaskan malamute puppy, obviously, I needed to get a good enzyme cleaner for the inevitable accidents. I'm very sensitive to fragrance and chemicals, so I didn't want to use anything harsh or strong smelling. After standing in the cleaning aisle of Pets at Home for a considerable time, reading labels and comparing prices, I bought a bottle of Simple Solution Natural Live Bio-Cultures Pet Stain and Odour Eliminator (ginger eucalyptus fragrance oil blend). It comes in recyclable packaging, is non-toxic, and is all natural. The scent isn't overwhelming. But that's where the list of "pros" ends. I'm sorry to say it doesn't do a very good job of cleaning up after dog urine. I don't have carpet downstairs where puppy is allowed, so all I need is something to clean the laminate and tile floors. A good enzyme cleaner will completely eliminate the scent of an accident (to both dog and human noses). But puppy kept going back to the exact same spots where I had cleaned up accidents. Clearly he could still smell the urine. If it can't do a good job on hard surfaces, I wouldn't put much faith in it cleaning the carpet very well. You use quite a lot of solution for each clean up job as the bottle squirts the solution out quickly (about half the flow of a sports top on a bottle of water). It cleans about as well as scented water, but costs considerably more. I certainly don't think it is worth the money. I'm sure there are actually enzymes in this solution, but either they are not enough or the wrong ones to do any good. I feel a bit like I've been tricked into buying something that doesn't exist (hence the reference to the children's story in my title). I ended up throwing half a bottle of this away (well, recycling it) and buying some Nature's Miracle, which actually removes pet stains instead of simply wetting the area with slightly fragrant liquid.
This review is also posted under the same name on ciao.