Cleaning Products For Your Motorcycle Workshop

Tackle the crud and the grime with these handy solutions.

Keeping your hands, your tools, and your work space clean is no easy task, but we’ve got some ideas to keep all the crud at bay.
Keeping your hands, your tools, and your work space clean is no easy task, but we’ve got some ideas to keep all the crud at bay.Amazon

Contrary to what you may have heard, there’s nothing cool about a dank, swampy, grungy garage. If you use your garage to work on your motorcycle (and we really hope you do), precious tools, parts, and delicate components can get dirty real quick and gum up your whole project. Don’t let grime cake up and become harder to break away from—be sure to actively clean your tools, bike, and work surfaces on some sort of regular basis so as to avoid turning your at-home shop into a legit grease pit. To help combat the crud, we’ve gathered a lineup of helpful cleaning products to keep your garage gleaming. You’ll thank yourself for becoming a more proactive cleaner.

Simple Green Bike Cleaner 20-Ounce

Simple Green Bike Cleaner 20-Ounce
Get a better handle on built-up grime with this biodegradable cleaner.Amazon

You may have a bottle of Simple Green cleaner spray already lying around the house, but this formula is specially designed for the crud that tends to build up on bikes. This cleaner and degreaser is noncorrosive and cuts through caked-on mud, dirt, grease, grime, and other stuff that accumulates from miles on the road. The spray can be used on most bike parts including metal, rubber, plastic, painted surfaces, and hard-to-clean pieces like chains.

Zep Heavy-Duty TKO Hand Cleaner

Zep Heavy-Duty TKO Hand Cleaner
Heavy-duty cleaning for your paws, without solvents.Amazon

You’d be surprised how nasty your hands get in the garage when you’re not wearing work gloves. To get those grimy mitts clean, rub a little of Zep’s TKO Hand Cleaner on and wash away ground-in dirt and grease. The blue-green-colored mixture contains pumice, which helps cut right through the crap on your digits with authority. The cleaner has a refreshing lemon-lime fragrance, and is enriched with lanolin so it actually moisturizes skin while it works its magic.

STP Cleaning & Engine Degreasing Wipes

STP Cleaning & Engine Degreasing Wipes
An easy way to get to hard-to-reach spots to keep them spick and span.Amazon

It might be a bit much to say you can wipe all your cares away with STP cleaning and engine degreasing wipes. Still, these cleansing wipes are a quick and convenient way to get rid of grime, oil, and grease buildup on tools, engine parts, and other areas that can get gunky around the garage. The large wipes have a fibrous surface that gently scrubs its way through layers of grime and gunk. You don’t have to worry about reaching for spray bottles or figuring out which cleaning solutions to use for the task at hand—these suckers will take care of all those dirty yet delicate mechanical parts in a jiffy.

Trend Tool Cleaner Spray

Trend Tool Cleaner Spray
Industrial strength for your wrenches in a nontoxic, biodegradable formula.Amazon

This spray is a lifesaver when the time comes to clean wrenches, drill bits, sockets, and other tools you might use throughout the day. Aside from being an excellent cleaning solution, it also serves as an excellent lubricant that provides rust and corrosion protection to boot. Simply use the spray straight from the bottle or use it with ultrasonic cleaners and dip tanks.

Griot’s Garage Micro Fiber And Foam Pad Cleaner

Griot’s Garage Micro Fiber And Foam Pad Cleaner
No need to toss all those used rags—just clean them up for the next chore.Amazon

Don’t toss out all those used microfiber towels and foam pads you have scattered around the garage. Buying new ones will definitely add up to much more than a bottle of this cleaning solution from Griot’s Garage. This stuff breaks up and cleans off polish, wax, and sealant residue that usually gets caked onto used cloth and foam pads. Adding just 2–4 ounces of this cleanser to a load in the washing machine can thoroughly remove the gunk from your rags and pads so they’ll be clean and ready for the next job. Aside from the added expense of having to buy brand-new towels, it’s downright wasteful—reuse what you have, and save your hard-earned cash.

Nabob Wipers Shop Towels

Nabob Wipers Shop Towels
Washable is where it’s at, and that goes for shop towels too.Amazon

Every garage needs fresh shop towels to wipe up those inevitable messes. These 12 x 12-inch commercial-grade, 100 percent cotton towels are highly absorbent, long-lasting, and quick drying. These are machine washable and dryable, as opposed to wasteful single-use paper towels that will end up costing you much more in the long run. Get 25 of these towels in your choice of color at a user-friendly price that will work with any budget or work project.

Vacmaster 12-Gallon Shop Vacuum With Detachable Blower

Vacmaster 12-Gallon Shop Vacuum With Detachable Blower
Converts from vacuum to a blower so you can tackle the worst of your to-do lists.Amazon

All shop vacs are essentially the same, or at least very similar in design, but this one from Vacmaster includes a built-in, quick-release detachable blower right on top. How cool is that? The wet/dry vacuum function is tough enough to handle big jobs, especially with 11 included accessories and a large 12-gallon polypropylene tank to catch all kinds of crap. Not only does this vac have remarkable sucking power, it can blow leaves at 210 mph! This 2-in-1 tool is a must to keep your garage and workspace free of debris at all times.