Over the years I’ve tried most of the record cleaning products out there, including the expensive stuff. Here’s what I’ve been using for many years now. It is totally biodegradable and will do no damage to your valuable LPs, and will get them sparkling clean.


Use one capful to a gallon of distilled bottled water. Use no more than the suggested capful. More is not better in this case. This will cost only pennies per gallon. 


PS: I would have put this post in the Analog forum, but this forum gets a lot more action.
Been wondering if BasicH would be good in my SpinClean, it lowers the surface tension of water (making water wetter) ... I've been using it for decades to clean outside house windows, doesn't hurt the gardens underneath and also to wash my car so I've seen it doesn't seem to leave any film on windows or the car finish so should be good for LP's.

Wouldn't use in Ultrasonic units as it will foam robustly with agitation.
How is Basic H different than something like Simple Green? I'm all in favor of saving $$$ but curious about this
In the very comprehensive tome Rushton Paul wrote (and @whart published), he makes the case for Alconox Liquinox. For lowering water surface tension (both in and out of ultrasonic cleaners), he explains why Tergitol 15-S-9 (made by Talas) is a good choice. The Library of Congress used the similar 15-S-7, but it is not water-soluble, and requires multiple rinses to remove from the LP groove (each LP side contains one long, uninterrupted groove, not grooves ;-) .
I still follow the recipe and method in Rushton's article. It's pretty comprehensive and has served me well. Easy to implement once you source the ingredients.
Here's the link https://positive-feedback.com/audio-discourse/rushton-paul-diy-approach-ultrasonic-cleaning-lps/
@bdp24 - just for the record (ahem), it was Neil Antin's monograph that I published. Rush's article appeared in Positive Feedback as I recall. (I think Rush got out of vinyl for some reason a couple years ago, but may be wrong). 
Bill Hart
audiodwebe ...

  • "Does this require a rinse cycle?"

Interesting you should ask. I've used a VPI 16.5 for many years. I never used to go through a rinse cycle. A friend told me to try it a couple of months ago, and it has made all of the difference in the world. I use a spray bottle with distilled water and a separate brush for the job. 

So, the answer to your question is a profound yes.

Be sure to not exceed the recommended one cap-full of the Basic H per one gallon of distilled water. It is highly concentrated. As mentioned before, it is a product made from soy and is safe and biodegradable. 

@whart: Oops, thanks for the correction Bill. I’ve been reading the writings of both Neil and Rushton, and conflated the two. I also made it through the complete record cleaning thread on the VPI forum, where a lot of info on the ultrasonic cavitation cleaning of LP’s can be found.

As just did Frank, Harry Weisfeld recommends a final rinse of pure distilled water and subsequent vacuuming on one of his VPI cleaners. Of course any vacuum-type machine will do, and there are a lot of them now available at reasonable cost.
@whart Yes, Rush relocated to a smaller space and moved to all an all digital headphone rig because of the constraints. His Walker table, Avalon, Atma-sphere monos etc. plus a ROOM full of LPs made things a challenge. 

VPI users, when I used a 16.5 for many years, I found rinses a requirement. The 4step Walker products including enzyme mixing and 2 rinses worked best. But now I find the Rushton Paul method much more effective even though I'm using a simple inexpensive, one frequency Ultrasonic machine. Cheers,
Sink w luke warm water,and small squirt of “Ivory mild dish soap” LP label has the label protector, screw it on the label, water tight. I use 2 brushes, one is the rectangle corner painters brush with fine bristles. Other is just a step up more coarse, round no round we go, back and,forth, get a good sudz going, then turn on tap water where there is,no,airation in the water, rinse, rinse again,then again, put on a clean cotton dish towel, press and gently wipe them, then to basement where I stuck felt pads to the underside of the shop-vac attachment, slowly go round n round with the attachment, sucking everything out.
silent records.
Takes time,but, I enjoy doing it. All mine minus a handful have been cleaned like this, placed in Discwasher or the other brand withmamV? I think?
inner goes beside the soft plastic inner, in a,Japanese resealable bag. Into storage,
bought those odyssey DJ type boxes for storage, heavy, but they are super sturdy