It Works for Me: Cleaning Drill Bits

If you’re looking for a way to clean those caked or otherwise dirty drill bits, here’s what I suggest:

Image.Goof Off the Miracle RemoverSquirt a small amount of Goof Off The Miracle Remover (available pretty much wherever hardware is sold, Home Depot included) on a small piece of cotton cloth or the corner of a cloth. Seize the drill bit on the friendly end (i.e., the shank) between thumb and index finger, and, with the bit pointed away from you, wrap the Goof Off soaked portion of the cloth around the base of the bit near your fingers. Applying only a little pressure with fingers on the bit, twist the bit counterclockwise and let the cloth thread itself up the bit to the end. You should see results immediately. Continue twisting in this fashion until you’re satisfied with the results.

Make sure you close the tip on the container of Goof Off before returning it to its storage place, where you’ll want to keep it handy for miscellaneous other tasks.

Note: Do not expect Goof Off to remove miracles.

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About Doug Geivett
University Professor; PhD in philosophy; author; conference speaker. Hobbies include motorcycling, travel, kayaking.

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