Citrus Degreaser Whoopsie


New Member
Sep 6, 2015
Hey all, I recently started riding again. First-time poster.

To cut to the chase, I believe I applied a citrus degreaser where it doesn't belong. The brand was Pedro's Oranj Peelz.

I mixed roughly 1 part degreaser to 1 part water and ran my chain through a chain cleaning mechanism. The mistake I made, however, was failing to rinse. I simply took a dry rag and ran the chain through it after degreasing, failing to rinse well with water. Shortly thereafter I applied lubricant.

Ditto for when I was wiping down my bike. I took a water-soaked rag and applied a small amount of degreaser to the rag, wiping down my entire bike. Unfortunately I was unaware that a degreaser could damage rubbers and plastics, and I wiped down my tires, saddle, and hoods. I did give it a rinse, albeit not a thorough one. I took a rag soaked exclusively with water and wiped the bike down after the initial water/degreaser wipe down, and then proceeded to dry.

Obviously the lesson is learned -- rinse throughly after applying any degreaser, and moreover, avoid rubbers and plastics. This is only the second time this has occurred, though. Just how much harm, if any, have I done to my bike? Obviously I could replace hoods, tires, chains, cogs, and handlebar tape without spending a significant amount of money, but I'd rather avoid the hassle. Assuming I properly clean my bike in the future (rinsing and avoiding specific areas) do I have much to be concerned about after my two mini-blunders?

Thanks so much.


Well-Known Member
Sep 12, 2005
"Just how much harm, if any, have I done to my bike?"

Not much.

So...what's the damage? What did you do to the brake hoods?

You didn't hurt the chain, the gears, the tires and I seriously doubt you did much to the bar tape.

I've used citrus-based cleaners and Simple Green for years with absolutely no damage.


Oct 12, 2015
I only use citrus degreaser for the chain. Otherwise, I use just warm dish soap and give it a good wipe with a wet towel after. Not a fan of hosing the bike down... esp in California.