Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Bikes: 84 Trek 660 Suntour Superbe; 87 Giant Rincon Shimano XT; 07 Mercian Vincitore Campy Veloce
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Just don't throw the bike into the washer and dryer because wives hate that, and the racket could disturb your neighbors!
But laundry detergent is too gritty and it can leave fine scratches in your paint, this is the main reason not to use laundry detergent to clean cars with, even liquid laundry detergent will do the same thing; and laundry as well as dishwashing detergent can slowly dull paint.
It's much better to use either a automotive based detergent like Zymol car wash, or if you prefer a bike specific wash use FinishLine Bike Wash. I use the FinishLine Bike Wash because I have a steel frame bike and FinishLine Wash has rust inhibitors.