How to Clean a Craftsman Ratchet


A popular brand of ratchets, those handy torque tools used for tightening and loosening nuts and bolts, is Craftsman . With proper care a Craftsman ratchet can last a lifetime. Every mechanic has a trusted ratchet set and a mechanic's ratchet can often accumulate a build-up of grease. Neglected ratchets can also succumb to rust, which should be cleaned as soon as possible, before the problem worsens.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket or tub
  • Dish soap
  • Wire
  • Towel
  • Silicone lubricant spray
  • Scouring pad
  • Rust-remover spray
  • Rust-inhibitor spray


  • Fill a bucket or tub with a solution of hot water and dish soap. The more grease-cutting abilities the dish soap has, the better.

  • Drop the ratchet into the soapy water. Any greasy sockets and extension bars can also be submerged.

  • Clean any gunk out the crevice around the plastic wheel on the ratchet head with a piece of wire while the ratchet is soaking.

  • Leave the ratchet to soak for at least five minutes or until the grease is lifted.

  • Rinse the ratchet with fresh water and dry it with a towel.

Rust Spots

Heavy Rusting

  • Spray the ratchet to coat it with a rust remover. Make sure spray is getting into the crevice around the plastic wheel on the ratchet head. The spray will begin annihilating the rust immediately.

  • Wipe away the loosened rust with a dry towel.

  • Spray the ratchet with a rust inhibitor.

  • Wipe away the spray with a dry towel. The rust inhibitor will leave a rust-resistant film.

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