Schwalbe has come up with the most eco-friendly bike cleaning product ever

Schwalbe's bike cleaning soap bar
(Image credit: Schwalbe)

The cycling world is awash with cleaning products that claim to be the best at giving you a clean, shiny bike with the least effort required. Every one of them comes in a plastic container of some sort though and there are also plenty with chemical cleaning additives that aren't great for the environment or aquatic life either.

Schwalbe's development team decided they wanted the cleanest possible solution to this dirty problem and came up with a completely plastic-free, eco-friendly product. As you've no doubt already deduced from the photo, their solution to greener bike cleaning is an old-fashioned looking bar of soap. 

Schwalbe's bike cleaning soap bundle

(Image credit: Schwalbe)

Despite appearances, this is no regular lump of soap though. It's completely biodegradable, made from vegan ingredients, and is dermatologically tested to give "the best cleaning power" and has been "formulated with bike cleaning in mind", as a Schwalbe representative told us.

Schwalbe product manager, Peter Krischio, describes the soap as having "an excellent cleaning and degreasing effect and is highly foaming. The dirt particles on the bike become wrapped [with the soap] and can be washed off afterwards, without scratching. The soap also has fat-dissolving properties. It‘s all very simple."

The perfume-free, all-natural soap should last for up to 100 uses and is available as a bar only, or bundled with a tin storage container and a horsehair cleaning brush in a mesh bag made from wood chip and is also 100 percent biodegradable.

A sample is on its way to us, so we'll let you know how it performs as soon as we can. We're big fans of the idea though, so fingers crossed the soap's bike cleaning credentials are as good as its environmental ones.

The Schwalbe Natural Bike Soap brush, tin, and soap bundle is available now for $36.69 / £29.99 / €29.90, soap only $9.16 / £7.99 / €7.90, and tin only $9.19 / £7.99 / €7.90.

Richard Owen
Editor, Bike Perfect

Rich is the editor of the team. He worked as a print journalist and editor for over 20 years, before transitioning to purely digital media in 2021. Rich bought his first mountain bike (a rigid Scott Tampico) in 1995 and has been riding MTB for almost 30 years. He likes hitting flowy yet technical trails and is a jack of many MTB trades, competing in cross-country, enduro and long-distance races over the years. A resident of North Devon, he can mostly be found pedaling furiously around his local trails, or slightly further afield on Exmoor and elsewhere in Britain's southwest.

Current rides: Merida One-Forty 6000, Banshee Paradox

Height: 175cm

Weight: 69kg