Brake Cleaner is a carcenigen. Use starter fluid. Both of them do the same thing.It would probably work...it is a solvent, although it's a pretty poor one. It would just be really messy. The best thing to use is Brake Cleaner. Yes yes, i know it's called BRAKE cleaner, but trust me, professional mechanics use it to clean pretty much everything. It's a very strong solvent, and it evaporates completely, doesnt leave any residue behind.