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Recomended to use Dawn dish soap to clean chain. Is this "okay"?

Old 07-03-22, 08:48 AM
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I’ve been using that Dawn Platinum Powerwash spray foam as a degreaser. Spray it on and let it sit and soak for a minute. Works pretty well.

https://dawn-dish.com/en-us/products...ash-dish-spray

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Old 07-03-22, 09:45 AM
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Originally Posted by _ForceD_ View Post
I’ve been using that Dawn Platinum Powerwash spray foam as a degreaser. Spray it on and let it sit and soak for a minute. Works pretty well.

https://dawn-dish.com/en-us/products...ash-dish-spray

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I use Muckoff's water soluble degreaser in the Park chain brush tank and then , as the video shows , lots of soapy water before the final water rinse - and then of course a chain re-lube as the final step .
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Originally Posted by Mirzaali8078 View Post
Some people use dish soap as a bike cleaning solution. This is a cheap way to clean dirt from a bike chain. It is also effective at protecting the chain. Dishwashing detergent is formulated with abrasive materials, which is why it works well for cleaning dishes. However, the sand component of the soap is not good for bike chains. The dishwashing detergent may scratch the bike chain, so avoid using it on your bike.
You...new guy w/ 5 entire posts...are absolutely, completely, and massively confused. There are NO abrasive materials in dish soap. 'Scratching' a bicycle chain? Please.
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Originally Posted by Mirzaali8078 View Post
The dishwashing detergent may scratch the bike chain, so avoid using it on your bike.
Originally Posted by Mirzaali8078 View Post
This simple, cheap solution is effective at removing grime, but won’t harm the finish of your bike.
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A zombie thread about chain cleaning and lube. This may be good.
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A zombie thread about chain cleaning and lube. This may be good.

Yeah. I will get popcorn out too !
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It may be an old thread but still relevant unless you now have a chainless drive. I use citrus degreaser in a Park Tool chain cleaner and then follow that with a sudsy dawn dish soap rinse. I wash the bike at the same time. The soap will leave a thin film on the chain while you let the rest of the bike dry. Then lube the chain.
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You...new guy w/ 5 entire posts...are absolutely, completely, and massively confused. There are NO abrasive materials in dish soap. 'Scratching' a bicycle chain? Please.
Actually, the "new guy w 5 posts" was correct, just missed slightly in his terminology.

Liquid dish soaps - like you use in the sink - have no abrasive content.

However, powdered DISHWASHER detergents do use abrasives to assist in the cleaning process. This is why it is not recommended that fine crystal and dishware that have metallic decorations be washed in the machines as it will etch the glass and in many cases remove the metallic trim. Many manufacturers of fine cutlery also state that the abrasives can harm the fine edges on knives. Cheap glassware will gradually get a cloudy look from repeated washings with these products. (But - There are many bio and enzyme based dishwasher detergents that do not use abrasives.)

Regarding scratching the chain . . . . .?

I have heard of people using the dishwasher to clean baseball caps, but using the dishwasher as a degreaser tool - well, every man has to determine his own level of bravery.
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Originally Posted by MNebiker View Post
Actually, the "new guy w 5 posts" was correct, just missed slightly in his terminology.

Liquid dish soaps - like you use in the sink - have no abrasive content.

However, powdered DISHWASHER detergents do use abrasives to assist in the cleaning process. This is why it is not recommended that fine crystal and dishware that have metallic decorations be washed in the machines as it will etch the glass and in many cases remove the metallic trim. Many manufacturers of fine cutlery also state that the abrasives can harm the fine edges on knives. Cheap glassware will gradually get a cloudy look from repeated washings with these products. (But - There are many bio and enzyme based dishwasher detergents that do not use abrasives.)

Regarding scratching the chain . . . . .?

I have heard of people using the dishwasher to clean baseball caps, but using the dishwasher as a degreaser tool - well, every man has to determine his own level of bravery.
While you're correct does your post have anything at all to do w/ this thread? Could you not help yourself and just had to post something?
ETA: The OP specifically asked about 'Dawn' dish soap...they only make liquid soaps. And cleaning brake rotors in the dishwasher works quite well.

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I have a spray bottle with dawn and water in it. I use it to clean everything.
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Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
While you're correct does your post have anything at all to do w/ this thread? Could you not help yourself and just had to post something?
ETA: The OP specifically asked about 'Dawn' dish soap...they only make liquid soaps. And cleaning brake rotors in the dishwasher works quite well.
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Just take it to the car wash. Point the nozzle at the back of the freewheel and it spins on its own - works like a charm. In the summer in Tucson, it'll be dry before you're home.

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