Today I cleaned my chain with the Park tool CM-52 and it was really effective. However, I ran through half of the park tool bicycle degreaser. I'm thinking of purchasing this degreaser from my local hardware store. Thoughts?


  • Best bet is for you to get the MSDS for each product, and compare their active ingredients.
    – Criggie
    Apr 27 '20 at 10:37
  • Leave the fluid in the chain washer between uses. (Set it carefully on a protected location on a shelf, or maybe even fix up a box with pads inside to hold it upright and catch any spills.) Unless your chain is exceptionally dirty there is no need to change the fluid until after 4-5 uses. Apr 27 '20 at 12:59
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    Alternatively get a funnel and a dedicated chemicals bottle or an identical empty cleaner bottle (to avoid life threatening mix-ups) and fill the partly used cleaner in there.
    – Carel
    Apr 27 '20 at 15:26
  • I use WD40 as my solvent. Utilizing a drip pan to catch the dirty solvent, I collect it in a plastic container. After a few days of lying still on the shelf, many of the solids settle out, and I decant the WD40 off into another container for use on another job.
    – Jeff
    Apr 28 '20 at 3:52
  • There are some degreaser gels available now, such as the one made by Green Oil, which are much less messy than using a liquid degreaser.
    – John M
    Apr 29 '20 at 10:07

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