If you don't want to get down and clean them that often check out this discussion
I have used Eagle One aluminum wash and cleaner for years on my Expedition wheels with no damage to the rims. It is an acid based solution. I usually have to use a nylon bottle brush to get them cleaned real good but they do look like new when I am done. I did switch to ceramic brake pads and that made a big difference in keeping the rims cleaner. I figure it is better for the dust to end up on the rims than in the brakes where it will cause problems.
Dawn will remove any wax you use.
So if you want to make clean up easy, Wax them, and wash with a basic CAR wash soap using a microfiber towel . To keep them easy to clean hit with Ice detail spray after cleaning and it will be an easy wipe clean next time. No scrubbing.
The shields keep the outsides clean, but the back side of the rim will get really bad and the shields will make it even harder to clean if you car
Cindy said:My dealership recommended ceramic brake pads when I grumped about the dust. He said lots of small cars had the dust situation. I have been using Dawn dishwashing liquid (if it can get oil off, I figured it could get brake gunk off) and a nylon net scrubbie pad. So far, so good, but I will look into the ceramic pads. The brake dust shields looked interesting (they have them on ebay), but I wasn't too sure about them.... if I can see they are dirty, I can clean them. If stuff snuck in behind the shield and I didn't notice it, might be a problem....