CitraWipes, the portable hand cleaner

Between my bikes, the neighbor’s kids bikes, and tacos from El Azteca, I’m always getting my hands into something greasy. And then I go clean my greasy mitts in my wife’s shiny kitchen sink, which is just asking for trouble. So I got a few samples of these things to test.

I realize that they have been reviewed elsewhere on the internet, so I’ll mention a few things I noticed that others may have missed, like the durability of the packaging, for starters. If you’re the kind of guy that cleans out your seat bag or CamelBak once a year, this product is for you. The pouch is sturdy enough that it won’t tear or rip, even buried under all the more important things we carry, like a spare tube, multi-tool, patch kit, and money for a post-ride burrito. The wipe itself is like a heavy duty version of those flimsy wipes they hand out at finer rib joints across America. At 9×7, or 7×9 turned on its side, there’s enough to clean grease and grime off both hands, and even get that spot on your forehead you don’t see, but your friends are snickering about. And the ingredients were carefully chosen to be not just effective at cleaning, but to leave your skin soft, with an agreeable citrus scent. In case it wasn’t clear in my ramblings, these things do work, and I’ll be carrying a few on the bike and in the car. But probably not into my favorite Mexican restaurant.

Now, a bit about the company that makes them. Zogics is based in the US, Massachusetts to be exact. And like any good company run by and for cyclists, Zogics is also a corporate sponsor of the International Mountain Bicycling Association, which is a nonprofit educational association whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve trail opportunities for mountain bikers worldwide. They can be found at www.imba.com.

But wait, there’s more! Zogics is a member of 1% For The Planet, an alliance of businesses committed to leveraging their resources to create a healthier environment. Members donate at least 1% of their annual sales to environmental organizations worldwide. The alliance aims to prove that environmental responsibility is good for business. To learn more about 1% For The Planet, please visit www.onepercentfortheplanet.org.