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Old 06-11-19, 08:10 AM
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Hand cleaner alternative

I always, always use soil when cleaning greasy hand.
just scrub some soil collected from outdoor to your hand (something like cypress mulch or peat moss can do the job). mix it with handsoap. just repeat 2-3 time and iím swear it works.
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Old 06-11-19, 08:17 AM
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Why not use GOOP Hand Cleaner. Accoding to its add copy " "The original waterless hand cleaner, Goop Multi-purpose Hand Cleaner is non-toxic and biodegradable, and has been a fixture in house-holds for generations." It works for me.
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Mayo, any skin lotion, sun tan cream, cooking oils, solvents or those bike cleaning washes, I think you see the trend. Andy (who uses dirt to silence squealing brakes)
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Baby wipes are also great for carrying on your bike. Even chain glop comes off. If the wipes dry out just add water. Just don't flush them down the toilet, they clog drains.
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I have used laundry detergent. Powdered and liquid.
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90% of the time I just use whatever ordinary hand soap is near the sink (often this ends up being dish detergent), combined with a $2 finger brush from the grocery store. There's often a little bit of black staining left over here and there but I figure if the brush couldn't get it out, it's not coming out in my food either (at least not in large enough quantities to worry about). If my hands are heavily encrusted with grease I will give them a squirt of spray cleaner like Formula 409 and then rub them together and wipe off with a paper towel, followed by regular soap and water. This works amazingly well but I'm sure it's not very healthy. I don't do it very often though.

The Phil Wood hand cleaner is also very very good if you're made of money.

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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
No. Don't use wipes. It clog up sewers. It is wasteful. The chemical on the wipe prevent proper decomposition in landfill. And allergies.

proof:
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...allergies.html
Yikes, point taken. Fortunately I probably only use about 1 wipe a year on the road but won't be buying any more.
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I keep Fast Orange (the one without abrasives) by the kitchen sink for both bike grease and habenero oil. Good, fast cleaner and easy on the skin. Old toothbrushes work really well for nails, cuticles and stubborn spots and the price is right.

(Bike grease is friendly. The habenero oil is not.)

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Originally Posted by Eggman84 View Post
Why not use GOOP Hand Cleaner. Accoding to its add copy " "The original waterless hand cleaner, Goop Multi-purpose Hand Cleaner is non-toxic and biodegradable, and has been a fixture in house-holds for generations." It works for me.
it is relatively expensive

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Mayo, any skin lotion, sun tan cream, cooking oils, solvents or those bike cleaning washes, I think you see the trend. Andy (who uses dirt to silence squealing brakes)
any dirt relative is trendy now.

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I believe it. For ages, backpackers have been using dirt to wash their dishes in the wilderness. They don't even use soap. To prevent chemical contamination of the wilderness ecology.
wash dishes with dirt? no way.
i believe they using leaf or grass for cleaning dishes.
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This + dish soap/camp soap.




Hand cleaners are a scam.
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Originally Posted by Metaluna View Post
90% of the time I just use whatever ordinary hand soap is near the sink (often this ends up being dish detergent), combined with a $2 finger brush from the grocery store. There's often a little bit of black staining left over here and there but I figure if the brush couldn't get it out, it's not coming out in my food either (at least not in large enough quantities to worry about). If my hands are heavily encrusted with grease I will give them a squirt of spray cleaner like Formula 409 and then rub them together and wipe off with a paper towel, followed by regular soap and water. This works amazingly well but I'm sure it's not very healthy. I don't do it very often though.

The Phil Wood hand cleaner is also very very good if you're made of money.
when made this thread iím sure the name phil wood will arise
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Originally Posted by ajerichos View Post
it is relatively expensive



any dirt relative is trendy now.



wash dishes with dirt? no way.
i believe they using leaf or grass for cleaning dishes.
Yeah, would I take a handful of soil that every dog, cat, and squirrel in the neighborhood has had their way with, and rub it all over my dishes? No thanks. Soil has poop in it, and poop has stuff like giardia and cryptosporidium in it. I'm pretty sure we can find ways to save the earth without ingesting intestinal parasites
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Originally Posted by Spoonrobot View Post
This + dish soap/camp soap.


Hand cleaners are a scam.
any brush is very harsh.
must rub hardly until you feel like you scar your skin.
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Originally Posted by Metaluna View Post
Yeah, would I take a handful of soil that every dog, cat, and squirrel in the neighborhood has had their way with, and rub it all over my dishes? No thanks. Soil has poop in it, and poop has stuff like giardia and cryptosporidium in it. I'm pretty sure we can find ways to save the earth without ingesting intestinal parasites
Careful! Don't denigrate the forum culture: "legend, guess, desire, anecdote are all better than truth."

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Worx Hand Cleaner is gritty, like soil, and does wonders. You can use it many times a day when necessary without experiencing any harshness on your hands.
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Super Soap!

https://www.amazon.com/Super-Soap-96...8-2&th=1&psc=1

Used in the local Co-op, it gets all the crevices. Start with it dry.
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I prefer dihydrogen monoxide and a hydrophilic surfactant. In a pinch water and Dawn with a fingernail brush will do.
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Originally Posted by Spoonrobot View Post
This + dish soap/camp soap.




Hand cleaners are a scam.

Always such a rebel!




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For those of us that like to smell good, take Dr. Bronners Pepermint Castile Soap in liquid form, mix in some super fine sand and wash hands. Do this outside as the sand will settle in horizontal plumbing.
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Those living in the Armadillo belt may want to think twice before messing around in dirt w/o gloves. I like the gritty stuff in the orange squeeze bottle. Does the job, no drama.
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Tide laundry detergent was good enough for my Dad and it's good enough for me. However, yes it can be harsh if you have tender hands.

I've tried all the other hand cleaners over the last 50 years and still go back to the laundry detergent. Seems that gojo and all the imitators have to re-invent themselves too often and half the time they get it wrong.

However a lot of it is just whatever is handy at the moment. WD 40 or any other clean light solvent goes a long way to clean hands with greasy filth. And a soapy washcloth goes a long way to get the last grime off skin. Even better if the soap used to make the soapy washcloth was Lava.
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Cypress mulch and peat moss are in pretty short supply here in the middle of the chihuahuan desert. Besides, I wash my hands to get rid of the dirt, not to add to it. I just keep a 1 gallon pump jug of Fast Orange on the utility sink in the garage along with a small scrub brush for my fingernails. It works great, is very convenient, lasts forever and is cheap when you pick it up 2 for 1 at the parts store.
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