What household materials are safe to use for cleaning and conditioning a guitar?



Asked by: John Rooney

Household furniture polish and all-purpose cleaners—such as Pine Sol, Windex, and 409—will also damage your finish. The only household product that’s safe to use to clean your guitar is white distilled vinegar.

How do you make homemade guitar cleaners?





Dab vinegar onto a cotton ball.



I use rice vinegar, but any neutral vinegar will do (don’t use balsamic) because it is a wonderful cleaning agent. Rub the vinegar over the fret board carefully as you replace each string. Note: Never take all of your strings off at once while restringing.

What household items can you use to clean an electric guitar fretboard?

The quick answer is that the best way to clean a guitar fretboard with household items is to just use things like Q-tips or cotton swabs to remove the dirt that is specifically located to the side of the fret and use cotton balls (or even face-cleaning pads) for the middle part in between frets.

Can I use Dawn to clean my guitar?

Virtuoso Cleaner is made for cleaning guitars. I prefer a damp cloth for routine cleaning. Yes, a drop or two of dish soap in a small bowl of water is excellent for getting the dirt off, then go over again with warm water with no soap.

Can I use olive oil for guitar?

You must NOT use coconut oil, olive oil, lemon oil or vinegar on your guitar either the strings, fretboard or any other part. all of these products can cause unrecoverable damage to the wood of your guitar because they are acidic.

How do you clean an electric guitar at home?





And probably the easiest to clean firstly brush any loose dust away from around the pickups. And the hardware using a soft paintbrush. And then grab your favorite guitar polish.

Can you use furniture polish on a guitar fretboard?

Most furniture polishes contain silicone. If unsure, don’t use it on your guitar anywhere.

Can I put baby oil on my guitar?

A little buit of a tip for string longevity on electric guitars. Put a bit of baby oil on a cloth and swipe it over the strings. They will not rust!

Can I clean my guitar with vinegar?

Household furniture polish and all-purpose cleaners—such as Pine Sol, Windex, and 409—will also damage your finish. The only household product that’s safe to use to clean your guitar is white distilled vinegar. It will clean the finish, but do you really want a guitar that smells like a pickle?

What kind of oil can I use on my guitar?

“There are any number of light, natural oils that you could use: olive oil, peanut oil, canola or walnut oil… A small amount is applied with a soft cloth, allowed to sit for a few minutes and then all excess is rubbed off.



Can I use alcohol to clean my guitar?

Rubbing alcohol or isopropyl alcohol is a great cleaning product, but it is not recommended for cleaning guitar strings. While rubbing alcohol will do a great job at removing grime from your guitar strings, it can potentially damage your fretboard.

What can I use instead of lemon oil on guitar?

You cannot go wrong.

  1. Liberon BLO500 is a good one, as is Rustin’s Boiled Linseed Oil.
  2. Fret Doctor Fretboard Conditioner is another solid choice.
  3. Gerlitz Guitar Honey Fretboard Conditioner is a light mineral oil suitable for any Fender or Gibson guitar.




Is lemon oil good for guitars?

Pure, full-strength lemon oil, cold-pressed directly from lemon peel, is indeed bad for your guitar’s fretboard.

What can I clean my guitar with?

Clean the fretboard – Use fine steel wool to remove stubborn gunk from Rosewood/Ebony/Pau Ferro fretboards, and apply Lemon Oil to re-hydrate. Use a damp cloth to clean Maple fretboards. Polish the guitar body – For Poly-finished (gloss) guitars, spray guitar polish onto a soft cloth and wipe down.

What can I use to lubricate guitar strings?

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