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homemade citrus degreaser

Postby GordonFreeman » Mon Oct 15, 2012 15:31 pm

How can you make some homemade citrus degreaser for using on chains?

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ALIHISGREAT
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Re: homemade citrus degreaser

Postby ALIHISGREAT » Mon Oct 15, 2012 17:04 pm

oranges? Lemons? Limes?

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Re: homemade citrus degreaser

Postby mallorcajeff » Mon Oct 15, 2012 18:40 pm

buy a gallon of petrol. lasts me about a year.

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Re: homemade citrus degreaser

Postby kleinstroker » Mon Oct 15, 2012 20:01 pm

GordonFreeman wrote:How can you make some homemade citrus degreaser for using on chains?


It's the oil from the skins that is used in degreasers, so if you hang out at the back of juice shops and collect all the discarded skins, then you'll just have to extract the essential oils using vodka. Probably best to just drink the vodka though and forget about making degreasers.
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Re: homemade citrus degreaser

Postby Scrumple » Mon Oct 15, 2012 20:03 pm

I've got some - it is called "thewife"

You can borrow her if you want. She comes with added elbow grease if you chuck in a crisp £20. Works like a bastard on chains.

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Re: homemade citrus degreaser

Postby Sprool » Mon Oct 15, 2012 22:43 pm

Scrumple wrote:...She comes with added elbow grease if you chuck in a crisp £20.

I've got one like that but you have to chuck in £20 worth of crisps

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Re: homemade citrus degreaser

Postby Rollemynot » Tue Oct 16, 2012 07:15 am

Sprool wrote:
Scrumple wrote:...She comes with added elbow grease if you chuck in a crisp £20.

I've got one like that but you have to chuck in £20 worth of crisps


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Re: homemade citrus degreaser

Postby nathancom » Tue Oct 16, 2012 17:56 pm

Made with Madagascan vanilla, the sweetest Galician oranges and a hint of Peruvian peppermint, this isn't just degreaser, this is Marks and Spensers degreaser.

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Re: homemade citrus degreaser

Postby nickellis » Tue Oct 16, 2012 19:11 pm

nathancom wrote:Made with Madagascan vanilla, the sweetest Galician oranges and a hint of Peruvian peppermint, this isn't just degreaser, this is Marks and Spensers degreaser.


Hahahahahaha :lol:
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Re: homemade citrus degreaser

Postby GordonFreeman » Sat Oct 20, 2012 09:29 am

ALIHISGREAT wrote:oranges? Lemons? Limes?


I actually did just squeeze in lemons into water once and use that on the chain.
It didn't work exceptionally well.
...and petrol isn;t environmentally friendly especially if using it once a week.

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Re: homemade citrus degreaser

Postby BuckMulligan » Sun Oct 21, 2012 11:24 am

Why would you want to make your own? It costs a pittence.

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Re: homemade citrus degreaser

Postby ALIHISGREAT » Sun Oct 21, 2012 13:22 pm

GordonFreeman wrote:
ALIHISGREAT wrote:oranges? Lemons? Limes?


I actually did just squeeze in lemons into water once and use that on the chain.
It didn't work exceptionally well.
...and petrol isn;t environmentally friendly especially if using it once a week.



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Re: homemade citrus degreaser

Postby GordonFreeman » Wed Oct 24, 2012 18:56 pm

BuckMulligan wrote:Why would you want to make your own? It costs a pittence.


£10 for a bottle...doesn't last long.

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Re: homemade citrus degreaser

Postby Herbsman » Wed Oct 24, 2012 20:21 pm

I doubt you could make a litre for less than £10.

It's an industrial product. Not something you can just make from a few kitchen cupboard ingredients and a whisk.
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Re: homemade citrus degreaser

Postby Sussed out » Wed Oct 24, 2012 20:52 pm

Baby wipes then take off the chain and put in a bath of coke for a couple of hours. Rinse and refit.
If you're dead set on the citrus maybe lemonade? (Not sure that would work as well)

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Re: homemade citrus degreaser

Postby mercsport » Fri Oct 26, 2012 20:26 pm

Anybody remember paraffin?

A wee bit safer to use than petrol. I started to use it again awhile ago after the overpriced swill ran out in short order that came with the chain/oiler-bath. Afterwards give the chain a saturation lubricant spray with TF 20 (or whatever its called) or the LBS equivalent and then just cloth wipe the excess off the side plates until clean and dry. Or oil each roller individually with a drop from an oiler if you must.

Paraffin is the business also for everything else if you take care to wipe it off and lubricate properly afterwards.

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