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Old 11-25-2007, 07:42 AM
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Cotton Gauze Filter Cleaner

I'm looking for an alternative cleaner to the cleaner that comes in the K&N cleaner kit. I always run out of cleaner long before I run out of oil and no one seems to stock the cleaner separately. I don't want to damage the filter element and was wondering if anyone was using something different or a common household cleaner that would work. TIA.
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I've used unscented, undyed (clear) liquid laundry detergent for years without problems. Its designed for cleaning fabrics without damaging them and works well at stripping off all the old gunk. I put the entire filter in a bucket, pour a half cup of detergent in, fill the bucket and let it soak for an hour prior to gently scrubbing it.

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I've used a 409 type all purpose cleaner with no problems for years on my Mustang K&N filter. It smells just like the K&N cleaner and cleans good.
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I have alway's used Simple Green. It is non-toxic and non-corrosive. Spray it on thick and let it sit for an hour then rinse it of.
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I've used mineral spirits in a parts washer before and it didn't seem to harm the filter. However a couple years later that filter was replaced when we did a ram air hood setup.
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