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Old 01-11-2009, 09:10 AM   #1
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Cleaning bits??

What is the best way to clean gunky bits?
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Old 01-11-2009, 09:29 AM   #2
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What kind of gunk? And how long have they been gunky?

I've never had a caked on dried gunky bit, mine are rinsed/washed after every use. Prevention is the best medicine.

But if forgotten, and the gunk dries, I'd say it is best to remove from the bridle and soak in hot water to loosen the gunk then hand scrub. For stubborn gunkness, a soaking in hot water with a couple of denture tablets will get them sparkling clean, and the horses will enjoy the minty freshness!
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Old 01-11-2009, 10:23 AM   #3
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We trail ride a lot and often don't have water at the trailer when we are done riding to clean the bits. So I got some Amor Peppermint Bit Wipes -- they are like Clorox CleanUp wipes only safe for use on the bit and peppermint flavored. I just clean the bits off after riding and they're clean for next time. I also have a horse that sometimes takes the bit hard (depends on his mood) and these wipes help a lot with that (he likes peppermint).

If they are completely gunky and dried, Divine's advice is best: remove them and soak them.
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Old 01-11-2009, 10:36 AM   #4
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Mine are wiped off after every use. I also put all off them in the dishwasher periodically.
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Old 01-11-2009, 10:45 AM   #5
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I put mine in the dishwasher for a good clean.
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Old 01-11-2009, 02:24 PM   #6
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These are some I bought used. I usually put mine in the dishwasher too, but one of these is that "antique brown" finish, and it rusts easily from what I've seen. I might try soaking, scrubbing and drying as well as I can.
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Old 01-11-2009, 08:59 PM   #7
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Is the brown antique the natural finish that was supposed to rust? A few years ago these were sold but I don't know how popular they were or if they are still being made. I haven't seen any new ones of late.
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Old 01-11-2009, 09:03 PM   #8
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What about toothpaste??

You can use toothpaste right?!? RIGHT?!?!! Lol, I've been using it, because it was in the horsekeep tip thread, it said shines up silver and leaves a good taste!
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Old 01-11-2009, 10:42 PM   #9
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Still popular here-I just got this one recently.

Another vote for the dishwasher.
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:06 AM   #10
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I run the my bits through the dishwasher any time I take the bridles apart to give them a thorough cleaning, or when I change bits I run the used one through the dishwasher. I also wipe them off every time I use them, and don't let the horses eat in them, which helps keep them from getting gunky. For a quick cleaning, like before a class in a show, I use toothpaste and water.
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