Cleaning a bike chain is an essential part of maintaining your bike's performance and prolonging the life of the chain. A dirty chain can cause poor shifting, increased wear and tear, and even damage to other components of the bike.
Start by removing the chain from the bike. You can do this by shifting the bike into the smallest cog on the rear wheel and then using a chain tool to push out one of the pins on the chain.
1. Next, you'll need to gather some household cleaning products. A degreaser, such as dish soap or laundry detergent, is essential. You'll also need a stiff-bristled brush, a rag or cloth, and a container of warm water.
Apply a few drops of degreaser to the chain, being careful not to get any on the brake pads or other parts of the bike.
1. After rinsing the chain, dry it off with a clean rag or cloth. Then, reattach the chain to the bike and lubricate it with a bike-specific lubricant.