I wrote this with the intention for all people to be as safe as possible.
SAFETY FIRST, ALWAYS!
Like working with any chemical, safety precautions should be taken before handling.
I don’t understand why all I have seen throughout countless yoyo bearing cleaning guides people always recommend products like mineral spirits, lighter fluid, acetone and other products that contain petroleum distillates. I think this is terrible and nobody should recommend petroleum distillate containing products. Alright before anybody lashes out at me read the whole thing. So painthinners and such work but require careful handling and can harm you if you get them on your skin because they can be absorbed directly into your bloodstream. They are harmful to use in areas that aren’t well ventilated. People will often not dispose of these solvents correctly, causing potential harm to the environment.
It is important to remember that the most or many yoyo players are CHILDREN! I think it is immoral to advise the use of petroleum distillate products when you can use safe alternatives that work just as well.
I recommend using products that are terpene containing orange cleaners as your solvent. Skateboarders have been using these for years and they work just as well but are much safer (skateboard bearings are basically the same because they are built for speed/to move fast). They still have some danger, you want avoid getting it in your eyes and it will irritate your skin because it removes the oils from your skin. Other than that they are in my opinion the best option and the safest. Don’t use citrus cleaners that have certain additives in them that make them less effective for cleaning bearings.
There are some points I have missed at the moment but I will come back to edit this later, if you feel I should add something, reply or PM me.
I want to know your opinions on my opinion, so please share.
DISCLAIMER: you must still take precaution using any citrus cleaner as with any cleaner. I suggest using gloves if you have sensitive skin or to avoid any irritation. I recommend you use eye protection for maximum safety. If you are under 18 ask an adult to do it for you or for permission to do it under supervision.
Lastly, SAFETY FIRST