I'll be the first to admit that this one has been hard for me. I clean cylinder heads, axle bearings, calipers, crankcases....the list goes on.
I want to be clear here. I am not talking about professional shops. I'm talking about all the people out there working on cars, motorcycles, snowblowers, etc...in the home workshops or underneath an awning at an apartment complex.
solvent and a brush
water soluble cleaners like Gunk
all manner of nasty stuff
In the last decade or so I've switched primarily to Simple Green. It washes grease and buildup away pretty good. I can then bake my parts in an oven I have in my workshop but I still use a bunch of carburetor and disc brake cleaner. I get oil and various chemicals on the floor of my shop. I clean it up with various solvents and simple green. I wash it away. It's horrible.
My point is, I do this poorly. It's better than most I've seen but at the end of the day I would give myself a poor rating.
I really don't want to be told what a bad a guy I am. I already know.
What I do want to know is how I can be more successful.
What can I do to reduce my chemical footprint with general parts cleaner?
What could be recommended to people who were apartment bound in terms of parts cleaning methodology and cleaners?
What could I do with methodology to reduce my chemical footprint in a small workshop?