Grime Boss Heavy Duty Hand Wipes get oil and grease off your hands almost instantly, and we've found them pretty good for quickly cleaning a bike chain after a ride too.
What you get here is a re-sealable pouch of 60 large wipes (205 x 255mm). They're moist, like wet wipes, with one rough side and one smooth side.
Get dirt, oil or grease on your hands when you're doing some bike cleaning or maintenance and these will remove it fast. They're really effective. A quick wipe, maybe a rub, and you're done. Your hands dry in a few seconds without the need for a towel.
They smell okay too: citrussy. A bit 'car-freshener', maybe, but nothing offensive. There's some aloe vera and vitamin E in there to help protect and moisturise your skin. I certainly didn't have any problems on that front and your hands don't feel greasy after use.
Although these are clearly billed as 'heavy duty hand wipes', I've used them for quickly wiping off the chain after rides too. I'm not sure that the chain manufacturers would recommend it, but it seems to work fine.
They're no substitute for getting into the links with a stiff brush and degreaser, but they'll get rid of gunk on the surface. You know when you clean and lube your chain, then go out and dust and grime and stuff sticks to the lube and turns it black? It'll get rid of a lot of that if you don't want to (or are unable to) do another full cleaning of the chain.
Like I say, that's not the recommended use, but I've been doing it and the chain has been fine. Someone will probably give a good reason why you shouldn't do this, but it has worked for me. It's a real-world quick fix. Obviously, you have to re-lube afterwards.
These are available in Homebase. As well as this 60-wipe versionfor £8.99, you can get 10 for £2.99, and 30 for £4.99.
Moist wipes that get oil and grease off your hands in seconds.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Grime Boss Heavy Duty Hand Wipes
Size tested: n/a
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
As well as removing oil and grease, they're good for getting rid of sealants, filler, petrol, diesel, adhesives and paints.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
They do the job really well.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes. Handy to have around the garage/shed/workshop.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
About the tester
Age: 41 Height: 190cm Weight: 75kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding,
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a youthful 45-year-old Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.