I got around to use my new DealExtreme chain washer. I was XC riding on Saturday (40 miles/65 km!) and my bike got really dirty with mud, dust and some loos sand as well. So I pulled up my sleeves and started cleaning. The experience was interesting because using such a cleaner on a turning chain got it scrubbed from all 4 directions (left, right, up, down). I used a kitchen detergent for the job and got lots of dirt off. Take a look for yourself.
Lately I noticed that the chain on my mountain bike got really dirty. I oil my chain every 2-3 rides and when riding on dirt roads in summer, I get a lot of sand and mostly dust sticking to the oil on my chain. I admit it is slowly becoming frustrating to clean the chain as this action might take some of your time.
I use a kitchen detergent to clean the chain as it is mild enough not to damage any bike parts and it is doing a good job. I refuse to buy a degreaser for the prices they charge at the store.
At some point I decided to try out a chain cleaner tool. I have the hope that such a chain cleaner will do the job of chain cleaning much faster and with little mess.
I found about the Park Tool CM-5 Cyclone Chain Cleaner, which got very good ratings and reviews on Amazon.com. Parallel to the Park Tool chain cleaner I found about this chain washer. It is somewhat cheaper and the shipment is for free (how do they do it?). I then decided to go with the chain washer and see what it is worth. I just got it in the mail so as soon as I have the chance to test it I will write a review about it.