I dunno how many of you worry about the effects of the various cleaner, polishing, degreasing, stripping, converting, etc on your bicycles and their various components and finishes.
So I thought it would be helpful to start a list of chemicals that are known to be generally quite safe (with caveats if needed) to use on your bike and near your body and not worry about corroding bearing seals, ruining the paint, stripping the chrome or killing brain and skin cells.
It would be helpful to list the chemical, what its good for, how to use it, and where to not use it.
-Chemical X. Good for cleaning y. Don't use it for to long or it will hurt z. Avoid inhaling fumes as it is bad for u (you).
I'm not very knowledgeable in this area myself, but I'll start by listing a few that I use and am curious as to how safe they are to use on my bike and near myself:
-Mineral Spirits (cleaning greasy parts)
-Denatured Alcohol (haven't used it yet)
-Marine Wheel Bearing Grease (repacking bearings and greasing threads)
-Boeshield T9 (lubing nearly everything on my bike. also protecting paint chips from moisture)
-Bar and Chain oil (lubing freewheels)
**Barkeeper's Friend. Good for cleaning up rust as it contains oxalic acid. Be careful with rubbing it as it has some abrasives in it. Additionally, I used it last night to clean some stained pots and after a few minutes, my fingers got all gooey. Turns out, BKF was stripping away my top layer of skin and it was scary and gross to say the least. Use it with gloves and do not inhale or ingest the powder as it is very easy to do so.
Chemicals I'm curious about: