Moist wipes that get oil and grease off your hands in seconds.

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.

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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.

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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.

Overall rating: 7/10

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 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight 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 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.


Mariachi [24 posts] 5 years ago

Are they any better than a £1 packet of baby wipes?

Pisiform [47 posts] 5 years ago

+1 for Pampers active baby wipes.

Since I discovered these having had kids we're never without them. Get muck out of anything and a hell of a lot cheaper

zekizeki [3 posts] 5 years ago

Same here, I've in the past jokingly suggested to the Mrs about rebranding baby wipes as bike wipes and selling them at a markup. Looks like someone else had the same idea...

NeilXDavis [124 posts] 5 years ago

Baby Wipes Rule..unlimited uses. Why the hell anyone would pay £9 for a glorified set Ive no idea...

Meaulnes [70 posts] 5 years ago

Top tip: baby wipes are great for cleaning Venetian blinds  1

mp31 [25 posts] 5 years ago

Do baby wipes get the black grease off your hands after a road side puncture repair involving wrestling with the chain to get the wheel off/on? If so then I might get a few wipes and stick them in a ziplock bag and add that to my roadside repair kit.

Karbon Kev [690 posts] 5 years ago

Of course they do! And a lot cheaper too!

BWs rule!!!!!