Biodegradable, phosphate, enzyme and chlorine bleach free, near-neutral liquid surface-active agent. Completely soluble in water and will not deposit calcium and magnesium or precipitate iron. Solutions are completely stable in air and do not absorb CO&superscript_2;. May be used in conjunction with water soluble solvents. A 13% solution is sufficient for the majority of cleaning applications. Heating the solution, or use in an ultrasonic cleaning bath will greatly reduce the cleaning time. Specifically formulated for cleaning/decontamination of non-ferrous metals, 'soft' silica glass, polymer surfaces and other materials which may be corroded, etched, degraded, discolored or weakened by acidic or alkaline cleaning agents.