Muc-Off and save the planet with Punk Powder bicycle cleaner

No more one-use plastic; same great bicycle muck removal: Punk Powder is here

Muc-Off Punk Powder
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If you ride a bike you've probably heard of Muc-Off. Not only do they make great bike cleaning products, chain lube and more; they then promote those products in the most ridiculous way, with bubblegum pink packaging, emblazoned with graphics slightly reminiscent of Jamie Reid's designs for the Sex Pistols. In short, they take making your bicycle nice and clean TO THE EXTREEEEME DUDE WOAH! 

Muc-Off says it, 'has been the bike-washing benchmark since it first arrived on the scene in 1994,' and for once that is not empty hyperbole; Muc-Off's Nano-Tech cleaning spray is bloody brilliant.

However, the team at Muc-Off – do you see what they did with their brand name there, by the way? – has a serious side. Considering how popular their flagship cleaning spray is, they must be responsible for quite a lot of bright pink landfill. After all, a lot of people are irresponsible about recycling, and in many places recycling is evidently not even possible, despite what your council might tell you. So Muc-Off has come up with a cunning solution: selling its cleaning spray in powder form, along with a reusable spray bottle. Say hello to Punk Powder. WOAH!

Punk Powder: what is it?

Muc-Off Punk Powder

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It's described as the world’s first plastic-free bike cleaner, and since the proposition includes a Bottle for Life that's made of long-lasting aluminium, that seems to be another true boast.

Alex Trimnell, Muc-Off CEO yells, while making signs with his hands: "This 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!"  

Muc-Off Punk Powder

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To that end, Punk Powder is  made from biodegradable ingredients, 75% of which are plant-based. All you have to do is shake together a 30g sachet of it with water, and you have a litre of cleaner ready to go. You get two 30g sachets in every pack. Muc-Off claims a packaging reduction of 92% compared to the equivalent 2 litres of its traditional bike cleaner.

You can either use a Nano-Tech bottle that you have lying around – give it a rinse first – or buy a bundle with the brand's new Bottle For Life. Any type of water can be used, so long as its clean – you could take your eco-friendliness to the next level by using rain water, for instance.

The aforementioned Bottle For Life is 'an ultra-long-lasting' aluminium spray bottle, with a non-toxic, food-grade silicone base. I'm not sure why it needs to be food grade, but what the hell. Punk Powder is also vegan and vegetarian friendly, and Muc-Off is committed to zero animal testing. Since Punk Powder weighs only 60g, the impact of shipping – and its cost – is greatly reduced. Vegetable-based inks are used for printing on the packaging and the sachets are compostable, and packed in recycled cardboard. 

In summary, this is just about the most virtuous bicycle cleaning product ever. As Punks go, it is much more Chumbawumba than Sex Pistols. 

Muc-Off Punk Powder price and availability

Muc-Off Punk Powder

Some stills from Muc-Off's promo video for Punk Powder, entitled Making Rad

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Punk Powder is launched today, July 29, priced at £14.99 for two 30g sachets. The Bottle For Life bundle is £29.99. The product is also available globally, with US pricing being $19.99 for the Punk Powder and $39.99 for the Bottle for Life bundle.

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Duncan Bell

Duncan is the former lifestyle editor of T3 and has been writing about tech for almost 15 years. He has covered everything from smartphones to headphones, TV to AC and air fryers to the movies of James Bond and obscure anime. His current brief is everything to do with the home and kitchen, which is good because he is an excellent cook, if he says so himself. He also covers cycling and ebikes – like over-using italics, this is another passion of his. In his long and varied lifestyle-tech career he is one of the few people to have been a fitness editor despite being unfit and a cars editor for not one but two websites, despite being unable to drive. He also has about 400 vacuum cleaners, and is possibly the UK's leading expert on cordless vacuum cleaners, despite being decidedly messy. A cricket fan for over 30 years, he also recently become T3's cricket editor, writing about how to stream obscure T20 tournaments, and turning out some typically no-nonsense opinions on the world's top teams and players.

Before T3, Duncan was a music and film reviewer, worked for a magazine about gambling that employed a surprisingly large number of convicted criminals, and then a magazine called Bizarre that was essentially like a cross between Reddit and DeviantArt, before the invention of the internet. There was also a lengthy period where he essentially wrote all of T3 magazine every month for about 3 years. 

A broadcaster, raconteur and public speaker, Duncan used to be on telly loads, but an unfortunate incident put a stop to that, so he now largely contents himself with telling people, "I used to be on the TV, you know."