I finally got a bottle of denatured alcohol the other day to finally give it a shot. Yesterday I took the strings of my lakland... they were truly awful, I had played a couple of gigs with those and the heat really made me sweat, so believe me, the strings were dead. I was a little skeptical. I thought, Ok, these would clean the strings its just that, they wont sound like new or something. I was wrong. I left them in a can full of alcohol for the full night. (I took 2 shots to be in the mood. J/k.. ) And I just woke up to take them out and put them back in the lakkie. As soon as I took them off the alcohol, they felt a little raw... just like new stainless. (I use stainless only) Put them back on the bass... tune them up.... WOAAAAA they felt raw... punchy, clean and sizzly... just like new strings!! Im a convert now. The Denatured alcohol is THE WAY to clean bass strings. I will highly recommend it to anyone now. Im very happy with the results. Im now going to get a 42" PVC Pipe to make a "System" for cleaning the strings.