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    Soap for greasy bike mechanic's hands

    What kind of soap does everyone use for getting grease & muck off your hands after working on bikes?

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    $1-a-bucket stuff from Autozone or whatever. But my wife HATES the smell. Also works good for removing stubborn grease stains from clothing, not too surprisingly.

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    I've used orange goop, then wash my hands with a hand soap my wife has in the downstairs bathroom.
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    +1 for a tub of GOJO

    works getting oil based paint off hands too
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    FWIW ... I've taken to usually wrenching in a pair of old rubber gloves ... the kind you'd do dishes with.

    Nitrile are good, too.

    Don't mean to avoid your question. Just another possible to think about....

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    I've used dish detergent full strength for years. It's cheap and it works. Just squirt some on and work it in.

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    Nothing better than WORX all-natural hand cleaner!

    The only downside: it's a bit expensive... But it's more effective than any disgusting orange goop, and while small, the container lasts a long time.

    At the community bike workshop we purchase motomaster orange goop by the gallon, and it cleans OK... It's inexpensive, smells bad, feels bad, and cleans more poorly than WORX, and it's full of chemicals. But it's dirt cheap!

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    The dish soap, Goop, Gojo, and everything mentioned above works fine. In my opinion the key to getting your hands clean is a good, stiff scrub brush.
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    Old fashioned I guess but I still like Boraxo or Lava hand soaps. I wish the Boraxo still came in the metal can too!
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    What i do and what my dad does is we take sugar and put it in our hands and then use soap and then scrub( It works like very fine sandpaper) and works great! ( you probably think i am crazy!)

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    "Fast Orange" by Permatex or "OrangeHand cleaner" by ZEP , wont ruin the skin on your hands.(important, when you do it 10+ times a day)
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    +1 for Gojo.

    It doesn't have an unpleasant chemical odor like many pumice cleaners. Just smells like orange peel.

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    Dish soap. If it's super thick, or stuck into your fingernails, use a loofah ($1 at Wal Mart) and some foot scrub. Girly? Yeah, but it works.
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    I picked up a box of Nitrile gloves at the auto parts store, saves a lot of cleaning!
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    For hands Gojo works well. Boraxo works better but is a bit of a pain to use, and will remove the outer layer of your skin. Shout Gel gets grease out of clothing.

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    GoJo all the way. Spent many years as a professional auto mechanic, it virtually was my cologne for most of my dating life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mud View Post
    I picked up a box of Nitrile gloves at the auto parts store, saves a lot of cleaning!
    +1
    I pick up the latex gloves at Home Depot because they are the cheapest.
    Gojo is good for whatever grease gets on other parts of the body, e.g. arms, and chainring tattoos.

    I also keep a pair of gloves in the saddle bag.

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    I use dryer sheets after they have been used. they remove old grease that sticks to your hands and after they have done their job in the dryer I think of them as free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by capwater View Post
    GoJo all the way. Spent many years as a professional auto mechanic, it virtually was my cologne for most of my dating life.
    +1 on the "cologne." haha. lava bar soap works well too. and i find using a bar is a bit less wasteful than liquids. but i like gojo too.

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    I use one of those hand degreasers that you can find at the autoshop, wipe it off, then wash my hands with regular soap and then finish up with some hand moisturizer.
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    whatever citrus gritty hand cleaner i happend to pick up (gojo usualy)... if not a dish detergent (either JOY or dawn are my preference) with a bit of sugar works well
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobn View Post
    I've used dish detergent full strength for years. It's cheap and it works. Just squirt some on and work it in.
    +1. It works, doesn't smell bad and isn't hard on your hands. I keep a squirt bottle of it by our basement stationary tub so my wife doesn't get incensed about my wasnhing my hands in the kitchen sink.

    +1 also on the recommendation to use nitrile or latex gloves. I buy nitrile gloves at Home Depot or Lowes and they do a great job of keeping the dirt and grease off your hands while allowing enough dexterity to do the work. Heavy rubber gloves are even better protection but you can't do most bike adjustment while wearing them.

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    Generic GOJO from Sam's or whatever. Big 2 or 3 gallon thing has been lasting me for a while - and I got it second hand from a friend, who got it from his dad. Also works wonders on your feet.
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    OH MY GOD, at my shop we have this soap, I'm not sure the name, but it has kind of a sandy texture, and it gets the grit and oil and grease off so easy! Try to figure out the name, or I'll get back to you about it.
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    I use Hand Rx. Anyway I usually end up showering afterwards to get the dirt out from under my nails.

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