My dad kills guitar strings in two hours, and I think I have the same problem; I kill my bass strings in less than a week. The strings I currently use are Dean Markley Blue Steels. I wipe them down with a Musician's Friend treated cloth every time I put the bass down, but it's not enough to save the strings. I do a fair amount of practice, being Berklee bound and having just come off a stint on my school's production of Seussical. So, my question is, does anyone else have seriously corrosive hands, and will Elixers last long enough to justify spending twice the money on them? How else can you deal with this problem?