Ultra-Microbes speed up the rate of natural degradation and help the bio-remediation process occur in days and weeks rather than months or years. Ultra-Microbes will digest hydrocarbon molecules and break them down into harmless byproducts of carbon, carbon dioxide, and lipids.


  • Ultra-Microbes are housed in a bentonite clay powder that provides the slightly moist environment needed for them to live.
  • Two sizes of shakers available for application on smaller spills or contained areas.
  • Resealable/water-proof containers keep Microbes dry/dormant until they are needed.


  • 4 oz. water soluble packets can be thrown into oil/water separators, catch basins, grease traps, and other areas to facilitate oil and grease removal.
  • Small size, big results — no measuring, scooping or spreading. Simply place the entire packet into the area that needs to be cleaned. The water-soluble packet will dissolve and allow the Ultra-Microbes to spread throughout the area.


  • Bulk bags (25 lbs.) are available for large spills, open water applications or frequent use areas.
  • Keep on hand for refilling Shakers or other smaller containers or for large, unexpected spills.


  • Specially-treated polyethylene foam used in Ultra-Microbe Booms allows it to float on the water’s surface while also absorbing oil.
  • Microbe tablets (6) are inserted into slits in the foam sleeves — extended water contact causes the tablets to slowly dissolve, releasing the Microbes into the water.
  • Booms can be dropped in, or tied off in catch basins (lanyards included), oil/ water separators or other areas where oily water can collect.
  • Dimensions:  6" x 4" x 1" (152mm x 102mm x 25mm).
  • Sold in 6-packs.



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Part # Description Weight lbs (kg) Instructions
5238 6 Ounce Shaker 6 oz (171 g)


5239 28 Ounce Shaker 28 oz (794 g)


5232 Water Soluble Packets 6-Pack 4 oz (113 g)


5233 Bulk Bag 25 lbs (11kg)


5234 Microbe Boom (6-pack) 2.0 (1.0)


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is bioremediation?
Bioremediation refers to any method that uses microbes to recycle organic materials.


What exactly are oil-eating microbes?
Oil-eating microbes are microbes that have been collected from natural water and soil sources around the world. They are selected for their particular affinity for consuming hydrocarbon-based pollutants, and are further trained to enhance this hydrocarbon affinity.


Are any special requirements required for microbe use or storage?
Microbes only need what most forms of life need: oxygen, water, food (hydrocarbon) and an acceptable temperature (28° - 140°F) and pH (5.5 – 10.0).

What are some of the advantages of the use of microbes?

  • Microbes are completely natural, so they are a “green” solution.
  • Microbes can eliminate the need for absorbent products & their disposal problems/costs.
  • Microbes can be used to clean up spills on water, soil, or hard surfaces and can even be used to remove old stains in asphalt or concrete.
  • A very small volume of microbes is needed compared to the area being treated.

What happens to the microbes after the oil or fuel has been consumed?
The microbes will either die, return to former natural concentration levels, or be eaten by other organisms. The microbes have an effective life span of approximately three months.

What are the final by-products after the microbes consume the hydrocarbon?
Carbon dioxide, water, trace carbon, lipids (white fatty acids), and bacterial cells. The lipids are actually a source of food for larger organisms and vegetative life.


How rapidly do microbes work?
The microbes begin working immediately, once activated by salt water or fresh water and a food source. Remediation times vary from several hours to several weeks depending on the type and concentration of the hydrocarbon. For example, light fuels floating on water will be gone within a few hours. Heavy crude oil in soil will require several months.


Do the microbes have a shelf life?
Yes, microbes that have yet to be activated have a 5-year shelf life.  Once microbes are activated, the microbes will continue to work for up to three months before they begin to die off and need to be replaced.

Is it safe to use microbes?
Yes, the microbe products are 100% environmentally safe, non-toxic, and contain no pathogens. 

Are the microbes dangerous to my health?
No, microbes are found everywhere in the environment, and are the original recyclers of organic materials. The average human adult carries approximately 3 lbs. of microbes on and in the body.

What happens if I ingest or inhale the products?
It will taste like mud, and could make you sneeze, but it is non-toxic and harmless.

What is the suggested concentration of microbes to water?
How much pollutant in the water or soil will determine how often microbes need to be reapplied and how long it will take for full remediation.  But in most cases the information below is a good starting point.

For initial application:

-1 lb of Microbes mixed into a 55 Gallon drum of water will cover 200 sq ft of water.
-1 lb of Microbes mixed with 1 gallon of water will treat 1 cubic yard of soil.

Reapply every 2-3 days and monitor progress. If needed, increase amount applied or apply more frequently.

If results are not noticeable within a few days of the first treatment, reapplications can be increased to every day or multiple times per day. 

A sheen of oil on water might take a day or two to clear up. Areas with heavy contamination will take longer to fully remediate, and in the worst cases (contaminated areas that have been untouched for years) could take weeks or months for significant results.





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