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Best way to remove chain grease from white socks?

Old 05-26-19, 08:56 AM
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Another vote for "never buy white socks". If you're not able to get the stains off, I personally am too cheap to throw away something because of stains. I'd just wear them until they broke out in big holes.


When I got my first serious road bike, it came with white handlebar tape and the sales guy thought that was very much in style. Then, got white cycling shoes ... I will never do that again. Black or some other color dark enough to hide the problem in socks, shoes, handlebar tape, etc etc
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I wear white socks and can honestly say I've never had a problem with grease or oil getting on them. I use 80/90W manual transmission oil as a chain lube, and I wipe off any extra after putting fresh oil on the chain. Maybe the oil's thickness prevents it from flying off ?

FWIW: I ride a lot in the early morning darkness, so white socks and shoes help me keep visible. Shoes are tennis court shoes used with MTB 'pinned'-style pedals, which are somewhat stiff compared to other non-cycling-specific shoes. The shoes do pick up road grime, but that's easy to wipe off with a rag.
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Old 05-26-19, 02:31 PM
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My socks seldom get dirty from cycling. Or, maybe I just donít look at them very closely. Plus, I donít wear white socks when I ride.
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Old 05-26-19, 03:07 PM
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Leave it and ride on. This is cycling, not a formal dinner.
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Old 05-26-19, 05:58 PM
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Youíve discovered why bike shorts are traditionally black. Change your flat tire, wipe your dirty hands on your shorts. Weeks later think about it and wash your shorts. Enjoy.
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Old 05-26-19, 06:04 PM
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
+1 for GOOP or that orange stuff.

it degrease like crazy good job.
yet gentle on skin.

i assume it will not hurt fabric.
Goop clearly espouses its clothes stain cleaning capabilities right on the package.
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Old 05-26-19, 08:12 PM
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Shout usually works for me
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Old 05-27-19, 08:58 AM
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Turn 'em inside out, like ya do with yer undies.

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Old 05-27-19, 09:11 AM
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Look at what the bike mechanics wear in the pro tours (and probably at your LBS), typically black from head to toe. Guess why.
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Old 05-27-19, 10:32 AM
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Ironically I am using my remaining white socks for cleaning my chain.
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Old 05-27-19, 12:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Dirt Farmer View Post
Yes, this works very well.
I use this, too. Goop, DL, GoJo, all the same stuff. Just make sure you rub it into the stain before you toss it into the wash. It works for other kinds of stains, too, as well as oil-based paint.
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Old 05-27-19, 07:27 PM
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Strangely enough if you rub in the stain a good high detergent synthetic motor oil like Mobil 1, and then a good detergent soap the stain will come out. The motor oil will remove oil based paint stains to if they are not too dry.
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Old 05-27-19, 07:29 PM
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BTW I wear short cotton socks like Gold Toe year around. I would have to try real hard to get grease on them.
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