I'm pretty sure there are threads about this all over.
My method, wipe down with rag and Kerosene (wear gloves that shit is hard to get off your hands) then short ride to warm up the chain and lube with Dupont Chain Saver.
I used to use a plastic brush but I found that it wasn't needed, a rag and kerosene will get the gunk off just fine.
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