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TOTD (Tip of the Day): How to clean Bartape, Rims, White Jerseys, and Oneself...

Old 12-15-10, 02:11 PM
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TOTD (Tip of the Day): How to clean Bartape, Rims, White Jerseys, and Oneself...



Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap.

I recommend this to everyone; unfortunately few listen. Try it out for yourself. It's less toxic than many chemicals (other commercially available soaps, Simple Green, etc.) and cheaper, since a teaspoon of concentrate goes a long way. *

One teaspoon diluted with 1 part water is a great way to get your white bartape clean. What better way to look pro than to pose in front of the coffee shop with your spotless whites? *

I use Dr. B's soap after a messy winter ride, to get the rims spotlessly clean--no more elbow grease and alcohol needed. Just use a few tablespoons of this stuff in a bucket-full of warm water to wash your bike down and then use the leftovers to scrub all the grime off the rims. You will be amazed! *

Don't fear wearing your white kit on a rainy day. Handwash in the sink after your ride and look pro day-after-day--plus smell like peppermint, lavender, hemp, or your scent of choice. *

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* I have no affiliation with Dr. Bronner. Results may vary. I really should get some free samples though...
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My girlfriend loves this stuff for the shower and delicate (wool) laundry.
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And it makes for amusing reading.
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I had a bar of it once. It was good stuff. Maybe I'll try it again when my current supply of Dove runs out.
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Link to buy?

Edit: Nevermind. Googled it myself.

To which specific soap/cleaner are you referring?
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
And it makes for amusing reading.
yes, I spent probably hour reading one of those once
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+1

We've been using that soap at home for a long time.
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Originally Posted by Bob Dopolina View Post
Link to buy?
They sell it on Amazon. In the U.S. you can go to places like Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, or some sort of "organic" store.

I like the liquid soap better than the bars--at least for cleaning bike stuff.
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+1

We've been using that soap at home for a long time.
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I clean my helmet with Bronners when the straps get all funky and salty. Works well.
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it's taken me a long time to get over the fact my real name is Stardust...thanks for bringing back the bad memories.
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YES! Love this stuff, the Eucalyptus is great.
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Wow, that takes me back...circa 1981 in Cambridge MA, where it seemed like everyone I slept with had a bottle of that in their shower.
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Originally Posted by kimconyc View Post
They sell it on Amazon. In the U.S. you can go to places like Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, or some sort of "organic" store.

I like the liquid soap better than the bars--at least for cleaning bike stuff.
The Kroger grocery stores I use each have it. (Kroger might be a Southern chain, though--common in Memphis and surrounding areas.)

Thanks for the cleaning tip!
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I don't think I want my kit or bike to smell like hemp.
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I forgot to mention that when cleaning bartape with Dr. Bronner's and water, it helps to also use a toothbrush.

It's sort of like cleaning your teeth except that you are cleaning your bartape.
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Originally Posted by kimconyc View Post


Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap.

I recommend this to everyone; unfortunately few listen. Try it out for yourself. It's less toxic than many chemicals (other commercially available soaps, Simple Green, etc.) and cheaper, since a teaspoon of concentrate goes a long way. *

One teaspoon diluted with 1 part water is a great way to get your white bartape clean. What better way to look pro than to pose in front of the coffee shop with your spotless whites? *

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Don't fear wearing your white kit on a rainy day. Handwash in the sink after your ride and look pro day-after-day--plus smell like peppermint, lavender, hemp, or your scent of choice. *

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Billy Mays would be proud...
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I've been using Dr. B's for 20+ years.
I highly recommend the liquid peppermint soap.
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I don't think I want my kit or bike to smell like hemp.
This.
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I like the eucalyptus. Good thread. This will remind me to pick some up at REI.
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Originally Posted by kimconyc View Post
I forgot to mention that when cleaning bartape with Dr. Bronner's and water, it helps to also use a toothbrush.

It's sort of like cleaning your teeth except that you are cleaning your bartape.
Note: please do not attempt to brush your teeth with this stuff. If you do, please post a detailed report for our amusement.
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Dilute! Dilute! Dilute!
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Originally Posted by GirlAnachronism View Post
Note: please do not attempt to brush your teeth with this stuff. If you do, please post a detailed report for our amusement.
If you use this (particularly the peppermint) for shampooing and body wash, be very careful not to inhale any of the suds. If you do, there will be many days of coughing and difficulty breathing...

I'm not saying that I've ever done that, mind you.





I'm also not saying I haven't done it either...
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Originally Posted by GirlAnachronism View Post
Note: please do not attempt to brush your teeth with this stuff. If you do, please post a detailed report for our amusement.
I've brushed my teeth with it before--I only buy the peppermint liquid. I just used a small pea-sized drop--wasn't too bad...
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Originally Posted by chasmm View Post
If you use this (particularly the peppermint) for shampooing and body wash, be very careful not to inhale any of the suds. If you do, there will be many days of coughing and difficulty breathing...

I'm not saying that I've ever done that, mind you.






I'm also not saying I haven't done it either...
Don't get any in your eye, either.
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