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How to clean bike cleaning tools?

AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
edited July 2010 in MTB general
Well, one of my bike specific brushes has been making my bike dirtier then to begin with, then I realised it was because there is bike chain oil and muck on it, so i thought, well I'll just clean it off, so i used some kitchen degreaser, didn't work, used some toilet cleaner, didn't work!

how the hell can I clean it so I can then clean my bike!?!? have you ever had this problem?


  • njee20njee20 Posts: 9,613
    Soak in white spirit?
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    njee20 wrote:
    Soak in white spirit?

    Can white spirit be reused?
  • ceecee Posts: 4,553
    I have 3 brushes...

    a big brush which goes nowhere near oily parts.
    a medium sized brish...that might catch a little oil..
    a small brush (with that jaggy sprocket cleaner thingy on it) which only gets used on oil bits.

    I guess you could try a bike style degreaser spray to clean it?

    easier not to get your big washy brush oily in the first place.

    Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I believe in the future of the human race.

    H.G. Wells.
  • suzybsuzyb Posts: 3,449
    I've found Cif works. In fact it's the only thing I've found takes the black crud off things.
  • stumpyjonstumpyjon Posts: 4,069
    Sounds like you're letting your bike get rather mucky. I tend to find my brush are spotless after bike cleaning since they to have been soaked in cleaner.
    It's easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission.

    I've bought a new bike....ouch - result
    Can I buy a new bike?...No - no result
  • Chunkers1980Chunkers1980 Posts: 8,035
    Manky white spirit - stick it through a coffee filter.....
  • suzyb wrote:
    I've found Cif works. In fact it's the only thing I've found takes the black crud off things.

    I tried it on the alloys on the car. It took the paint off!
  • i leave my cassette brush (stiff bristles alloy wheel brush) in a pot of strong all purpose cleaner mixed with some degreaser,
    had no issues with it in over a year,
    After all, I am Cornish!
    Cotic Soul, The bike of Legends!:wink: Yes, I Am a bike tart! ... 1#16297481
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