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How Can I Clean My Bass Strings?

If you want to save money, you can clean your bass strings. Strings mainly go dead because they accumulate dirt and oil in the grooves. People would often boil bass strings to clean them. This only seems to add an extra couple of days life into them. A better way is to soak them in denatured alcohol. Strings are like brand new when you clean them like this. It must be denatured alcohol because it contains no water which may make your strings rust. Do not drink denatured alcohol — it is poisonous! You can buy it at Home Depot or Lowe's. It's with paint thinner, etc.

You can build your own string cleaner. Get a length of PVC pipe to match your string length. Cap it at one end with a cap and some PVC glue/cement. Test it with some water so that it doesn't leak. Fill it up with denatured alcohol. Drop your strings in and cap it on top or else your alcohol will evaporate and stink! You can tie a little string to your strings to make it easy to retrieve them. Soak them for 24 hours and they're like brand new!

Be sure to keep the alcohol away from heat sources and drummers.