As part of Muc-Off's push to become even more eco-friendly, the brand has created Punk Powder, a dry cleaner concentrate and a Bottle for Life. While the initial spend is a bit steep and there's a bit more faff involved, said faff is actually rather enjoyable, and the cleaner's performance matches that of the brand's NanoTech cleaner.
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For your £30, the Bottle for Life Bundle comes with a nice aluminium spray bottle, a non-toxic food-grade silicone base for the bottle to sit in and two sachets of Muc-Off’s Punk Powder. So for that initial price, you’re set with two litres of cleaner, a bottle that should last as long as you do and a neat protector to make sure it does.
The Bundle comes as part of Muc-Off’s aim to kick single-use plastics, which is easily done with a metal bottle but then Punk Powder steps in. Muc-Off says it’s the world’s first plastic-free bike cleaner that uses 92% less packaging than two one-litre bottles of Nano Tech cleaner.
Adding to the eco-friendliness, refills of Punk Powder comes in a card pack. Very neatly, that cardboard pack transforms into a paper funnel to make creating the cleaning solution as mess-free as possible. All of the packaging for the Punk Powder is made from compostable materials and printed with vegetable inks, so it's great to see Muc-Off taking the eco-friendly angle to the next level.
Now, using Punk Powder comes with a bit of a catch; you'll have to make the cleaner yourself. It's a simple affair; fill your Bottle for Life up to the shoulders with warm water, pour in the pink powder, then give the bottle a bloody good shake to mix it all together. To be honest, as easy as it is, it's a satisfying process.
There is one caveat though, definitely use warm water and leave enough space in the bottle so the fluid can move around when you shake it. Top it up later if you have to. Using cold water can stop the powder from dissolving properly, clogging the spray hose and stopping it from working properly. I learned this the hard way, though follow the instructions, and you’re golden.
I’ve used the Bottle for Life Bundle to clean both dusty and proper mucky bikes, and I can confidently say that its performance is just as good as the known NanoTech cleaner.
The spray head shoots out the foamy solution that sits on the bike for a reasonably long time. That means the cleaner has plenty of time to work its magic and make your cleaning life easier.
It is pretty weighty, though, especially with a full bottle, so be prepared for a bit of wrist ache. It’s a small price to pay for a well-made and well-protected bottle carrying a litre of decent cleaner.
As mentioned before, £30 is quite the initial spend, but with that, you've got two litres of cleaner to start with. For a refill of Punk Powder, you're looking at spending £15, but that gets you a further two litres. To compare, a litre of NanoTech cleaner will set you back £11.
However, nothing is stopping you from buying a bottle of Nano-Tech and refilling it with Punk Powder. That combination will save you £4, but you won't get that cool aluminium bottle.
An alternative is Kingud's Bottle for Life cleaner that'll set you back £10. It comes full of the brand's cleaning solution, but it'll only hold 500ml. Then, there's the Kingud 'shot', 200ml of concentrate that'll make a litre of cleaner. That'll set you back £7, so for two litres it's a pound cheaper. Kindgud won't charge delivery for it either, as it's so light.
Suppose you're eco-conscious and want to do whatever you can to reduce your carbon footprint while using recyclable materials. In that case, Muc-Off's Bottle for Life Bundle is a great place to get started, but it also makes a fantastic gift. It takes a bit of faff to get going, but the cleaning solution works just as good as NanoTech once you do. Though it is pricey, and the bottle is rather heavy.