Disposable chop sticks are one of my favorite tools. I whittle the ends for particular uses, one is for pushing patches through the barrel, one for pushing out the take-down pin on a Sig P290, and one for cleaning slide channels.
I also always use gloves, which is more often ridiculed than discussed. I am using vinyl now because solvents eat disposable latex. They are, however, slippery and I'm watching locally for higher grade latex.
As for solvents I'm rather basic, FP-10 and a wire brush.