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You don't need to break the bank to have clean records. Buy a stack of terrycloth washcloths and another stack of microfibre cloths... that plus distilled water and the alcohol (and maybe some Simply Green) should set you back less than $10.
You'll need squeeze bottles to apply your DIY cleaning solution. Go for the plastic that looks milky -- forget the name, I think PTFE -- and a flip top. Some people swear by mustard containers... those should work too.
On a water resistant table, put down one clean terrycloth washcloth and set your record on it. Squirt it with your diy fluid and smear around with either a microfibre cloth or even one of those cloths brushes with the velcro. Once you're sure it's been properly smeared about, wipe off with a dry microfibre.
Here's the magic part.
Put your head down close to the record off to the side and examine it for fingerprint smears. With the oh-so-slightly damp microfibre cloth that you just wiped the cleaning fluid off, scrub back and forth till the smudge goes away. Turn the record (and terrycloth) a few degrees and re-examine and repeat until you have done the full 360.
Do the same for the other side.
Spritz with distilled water, wipe dry with clean microfibre. Do that step TWICE.
Repeat for other side.