Waterless Hand Cleaners
WORX All Natural Waterless Hand Cleaner
Zogics CitraWipe Degreaser and
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
| Owner Comments (Below)
Hand Kind Hand Cleaner Review
WORX Hand Cleaner and CitraWipes
Busted Knuckle Garage
Summary: WORX works but isn't waterless. CitraWipe is
the one to carry on a motorcycle, but both of these hand cleaners are
Many of you have asked for suggestions for waterless
hand cleaners that are easy to use, bio-friendly
and that can be easily stored on all types of
Well, it just so happens that buried deep in the "to
do" pile were some samples of hand cleaners that respond
to nearly all of those criteria.
I'm sure there are lots more waterless hand cleaners
out there and I'm hoping that our visitors will respond
by sending us their tips and tricks for keeping clean
whilst on the road. In the meantime, let's take a
look at two interesting products, Zogics CitraWipes and
WORX All Natural Hand Cleaner.
WORX isn't actually a waterless hand cleaner,
although I didn't discover that detail until I finally
read the instructions on the back of the package the
first time I used it. But I'm including it here
because it works -- if you'll pardon the pun -- very
WORX is a strange concoction of a greenish powder
that smells faintly like, well, like day-old fried
flounder with a squeeze of lemon. Yes, exactly
But don't let that put you off, because the stuff is
pretty amazing; in fact, I'd say that it probably cleans
dirty, greasy, oily hands about as well as anything else
I've used. Don't ask me how, but it does.
The manufacturer claims that the product is "a unique
nature-based green hand cleaner made entirely of all
natural ingredients". WORX contains "no solvents,
phosphates, borax, alkali, irritants, sand, plastics,
hydrocarbon derivates or animal ingredients and is
non-flammable and safe to store".
The cleaner carries the
(Canada) EcoLogo. This is claimed to be "North
America's most widely recognized and respected
multi-attribute environmental certification mark".
WORX is also certified by
as an "environmentally responsible" product.
We've discovered that none of these hand cleaners are
inexpensive. WORX is sold in bulk or individual
25 gram (0.9 oz.) re-sealable packets. Unless you care
to roll your own, the packets are probably best suited
for motorcycle use rather than the bulk canisters and 12 packets can be purchased for
$19.95, plus shipping and handling. So you'll pay
a lot for convenience.
I've been using WORX All Natural Hand Cleaner for a
few weeks, and I will say that one 25 g packet
probably holds enough WORX to last for about 3-4 hand
cleanings. The packets have a male/female seal
along the top that closes tight when pressed.
WORX works (sorry) great around the garage, but it
does require water. The instructions direct the
user to first wet the hands and then rub them together
using a small amount of WORX. Then the hands must
be rinsed to remove the powder.
I suppose a source of water could be a bottle carried
on the bike, but it works best if a faucet is handy.
I did use it once on the road and I used the relatively
clear water in a nearby puddle to wet my hands and then
rinse them off, after a fashion.
The bottom line is that WORX is an "environmentally
friendly" cleaning agent that somehow removes grime
about as good or better than any other type of
garage/shop hand cleaner I've tried. It's
expensive and water is needed for best results.
WORX All Natural Hand Cleanser Photos
CitraWipes come in individual packets, just like the
"moist towelettes" that might be found in your local
barbeque joint and elsewhere.
The towels are pre-moistened with natural citrus
extracts and they have a pleasantly faint citrus-y
smell. The towels are also slightly larger at 23cm
by 18cm (9" x 7") and more robust than the type used in
restaurants. Or should I say diners?
Restaurants don't have ketchup on the tables and they sure won't stock moist towelettes.
CitraWipes are designed to remove "tough grease and
grime", according to the manufacturer. I guess
they would also work nicely to remove barbeque sauce
This product has been popular with bicycle riders who
apparently use them to clean their hands after changing
a tire or performing roadside maintenance, so they're
well suited for motorcycling. They require no
additional water; simply wipe off the grease and grime
and you're good to go as soon as your hands are dry.
By the way, they're also useful (but expensive) for
cleaning grease and grime off the motorcycle itself.
CitraWipes are also expensive. They cost $2.49 per two-pack
and they're available in lots of 4 two-packs for $9.96 (a
total of 8 packets). CitraWipes does offer free
shipping in the U.S.A. though, which is a bonus.
The product is made in the U.S.A. and Zogics donates a
percentage of sales
to environmental organizations.
The bottom line on CitraWipes is that they don't seem
to have quite the cleaning power as WORX, but they do
the job and they are waterless. This is the one to
carry under the seat.
CitraWipes Citrus Powered Degreaser Hand Wipe
The CitraWipes towel after use.
Don't forget: other solutions include stowing a pair or
two of disposable rubber gloves under the seat, which
you should probably have on hand (another pun) anyway.
But they rip easily and who knows how long they'll last
if they're stored under the seat, where it can get
And remember also to be careful how you dispose of
the packaging, the towelettes or the disposable gloves.
Toss 'em in your pocket and give them a proper send off
and don't leave them by the side of the road.
I'm sure these two products are only the tip of the
iceberg when it comes to waterless hand cleaners that
are packaged appropriately for motorcycle use.
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Retail Price: WORX - 12 for $19.95. CitraWipes -
Four 2-packs for $9.96.
|Sizes: CitraWipes available
individually packaged only. WORX available in bulk or 25g packets.
|| Made In: WORX is made in
Canada. CitraWipe is made in the U.S.A.
|Review Date: April
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Editor's Note: Here's another one
we found. This single packet of
GOOP Antibacterial (Waterless) Hand Cleaner was sent
as a sample, coincidental to our review. These are
also expensive, at $11.98 for 24 packets, plus $6.10 for
shipping. We'll order some and report back.
From "B.D.": "(Gloves
in a Bottle) isn't exactly a "Hand Cleaner" but does
help with getting your hands "Clean" after you grease
them up from working on your bike.
Ever get a solvent into a cut or dry cracks on your
hands? This is supposed to prevent that from
happening. Also, we all know (or should) that long
term exposure to petroleum products can lead to certain
types of cancer. Gloves in a Bottle protects your
hands from primary contact with oils. So if you
are the kind of wrencher that doesn't like to wear
gloves, this will at least give you some extended "Safe
Time" from caustic absorption into the skin. I use
this product primarily when I know I'll be doing some
Fiberglass or Carbon Fiber lay up. It helps keep
the itch down from contact with errant fibers."
From "C.G.": "You may wish to
check out Fast Wipes from GOJO Industries. They
manufacture a whole line of soaps, moisturizers and hand
cleaners; Purell hand sanitizers; Provon healthcare skin
care products. Fast Wipes come packaged in various
quantities and can be repackaged in smaller quantities
in freezer zipper bags. Depending on quantity
purchased, wipes are about $0.30 each.
Another option - use regular GOJO hand cleaner - It's
a staple in my garage and shop A small dollop can be
placed in a small screw top poly travel container or
recycled hotel shampoo bottle. BTW - I am not
associated with GOJO, just a very satisfied customer
over the years. Thanks for all you work on the
website. It's a must read."
Editor's Note: Thanks for the
tip! It's not easy finding information about
GoJo Fast Wipes on their website, it's buried deep
in the "Medium & Heavy Duty Hand Cleaner" section on the
"Hand Hygiene and Healthy Skin" page.