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Usually those sounds are from a freshly tuned wheel, and will go away after a ride. But it sounds like your spokes are continually "settling". It could mean too much flex in your wheel. I'd have that checked out.
but on the side of simply lubing the spoke crossover instersections...almost any lube you put in there will collect dirt to that junction, and create an unsightly black gooked up spot. Not a big deal, but you seem concerned about little annoying things. You didn't mention what chain lube you have, but a dry lube, like would collect the least dirt of what you mentioned, the grease would collect the most, and the citrus degreaser isn't a lube.
Perhaps just drip some candle wax or bees wax on those intersections. If you want to go all out, you can tie your spokes (at the intersections) and then seal the tying with candle wax or bees wax, an old school trick I haven't seen done for a looooong time.