Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Bikes: 1974 Raleigh Sports
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Old quart containers of yogurt with full-strength Simple Green, old glass (!) tomato sauce jars filled with naphtha, dead toothbrushes...
I guess I'm quite a ways behind the curve!
Awesome idea with the ultrasonic cleaner, though...we used them all the time at the research laboratory where I used to work, though it never occurred to me to get one for cleaning bike parts!
A hint with the sonicator: Fill it half full with water. Put your detergent+water, or biodegradable degreaser, or plain old solvent in a smaller container, and put the dirty parts in there. Then rest the container in the sonicator, and turn on the vibrations. The junk as well as the chemicals stay inside the inner container. This will save you from the painful task of cleaning out the sonicator when you're done.