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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001121.txt from 1997/12

From: Dee Hays <>
Subj: Cleaning mouthpieces
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 1997 15:17:30 -0500

Hydrogen peroxide and alcohol are NOT cleaning agents. They are
disinfectants. Now if you have allowed someone to use your mouthpiece,
you would want to disinfect them. However they do a very poor job of
removing any type of oils, solids, or other contaminants in the

To remove dirt, oils, foods, sugars etc, you will need a cleaning
agent. Unless they are badly caked, ordinary room temperature water
with dish soap does a fine job. If this won't remove it or if there are
built up mineral deposits (from not properly drying), it is quite
inexpensive to have the band instrument repairman remove them.

Dee Hays
Canton, SD

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