Keep in mind that this was before I realised that the local shops cleaned records. Had I know that, I would have brought them their in the first place. Also keep in mind that if you scrub too hard, you could just push the dirt and grime into the grooves.
I recently acquired a knosti anti static cleaner kit (per HI Fi Choice tope ten accesories) and I am a little disappointed. I tried ot on a range of LP's some I thought beyond repair, which remained thus, to those with light clicks and pops. I was hard pressed to tell the difference after cleaning, certainly not worth the £45 I paid for it (considering that's about 30 LP's of ebay). It's difficult to see the justification of spending over £300 on the Moth cleaners...
I know in the old days rubbing alcohol and a soft rag was all that was used. That's all I still use today. They made fancy brushes back then, but they never worked. So it was always back to alcohol. It's quick easy and cheap.
I buy loadsa 2nd hand vinyl;Lost in Music,Lost Chord ect Glasgow and I wash 'em thus;clean basin with lukewarm water,3-4 spots of "Morning Fresh"washing up liquid,wipe round the disc with good quality kitchen roll [not the stuff that disintegrates!]let the L.P's drip dry for a couple of minutes dab dry with more kitchen roll...now the tricky bit,put a couple of rings on,on the hob [gas or electric]if you have a hood over the stove even better,get a very clean lint free cloth a dry mega thoroughly over the warm air,dont drop the record though!This works [honest]a very pernickity Lp.12 owner showed me this!I rejuvenated two VERY dirty Tangerine Dream albums this way just before Xmas.
I admit I'm no expert but I use the Isopropyl and Dishwashing soap with distilled water and a very soft fine brush with great results. I have run across several lp's that look near mint and had a lot of noise. The one I'm talking about is Neil Youngs Harvest on Reprise. I finally reluctantly realised that it was probably just a bad pressing. Not too bummed out since I only paid a buck for it. Moral of the story, on some records it just dosen't matter if you clean it on a $2000 machine or by hand, it's still gonna sound like crap.