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Safe and Cheap? Wow, you aren't asking for much. This question got me looking at different Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and I was surprised nothing is safe anymore, sigh. Here's the MSDS sheet for Procter and Gamble laundry soap for goodness sake. Here's a random purple degreaser. My guess is that nothing that will cut oil residue is totally ...
This isn't answering your question but may answer your need (removing stubborn engine grime). Soften the grime by rubbing engine oil into it. The engine oil doesn't have to be new; used oil works just as well. Once the grime is softened, it becomes much easier to pull it off with a less intense solvent like brake cleaner.
You will generally want to look for something that is a solvent, or is solvent-based. A good homebrew 'degreaser' would be using washing soda (sodium carbonate) diluted in water. You can make washing soda from baking soda by heating it (baking soda) up on a stove. There are plenty of videos and guides on how to safely to this. But in terms of effectivity, ...
To be honest, I wouldn't bother. I picked up some excellent purple degreaser at the local dollar store for (I seem to recall) $1.
If your climate is anything like where I'm based, the picture shown is a part that is dirty mainly due to fine dust. I would advise against using any sort of chemical product without removing that dust first. To remove the dust, in my experience, there is no decent substitute for the soapy water, toothbrush and elbow grease genre. The end result is usually ...
I use this easily applied Silicone Lubricant for rubber parts both inside and outside the hood. I also squirt it down the slit for the windows to keep my electric windows running smooth. It keeps all rubber lubricated, less prone to craks and shiny.
Standard automotive brake fluid (DOT 3,4 and 5.1) are made from polyethylene glycol (PEG). PEG is soluble in water, methanol, ethanol, acetonitrile, benzene, and dichloromethane, and is insoluble in diethyl ether and hexane. A long way of saying it will clean up with soap and water. DOT 5 brake fluid is diorgano polysiloxane (Silicone). It is not soluble ...
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