I have made over 50 batches of homebrew, and I have a confession: I rarely CLEAN my equipment. I take a quick look to see if there is any visible debris/dust, etc., and if so, I will spot clean it or rinse it. I am still a maniac about sanitization, which I know is different than cleaning, and people make a huge point to make that distinction. What I do not know however, is does it actually benefit to scrub an Ale Pail with Oxyclean and a sponge, use the sink attachment to blow out a carboy, or a bottle brush to 'clean' a bottle, when the stuff is free of visible dirt (unless I miss something) and I am sanitizing?
I'm relatively happy with most of my batches, and have only had one (knock on wood) case of pedio/lacto infection. However, I just bought a chest freezer for fermentation/conditioning, and am looking to my hot and cold side processes to improve the product.