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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000328.txt from 1998/03

From: "Diane Karius, Ph.D." <>
Subj: Re: Mould on reeds
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 14:43:11 -0500

Scott wrote:
> --------- If you are going to use bleach, do not use it "straight out of the
> bottle"! Make a dilute solution (try the most dilute you can get away with
> that will work.)

For the situation you describe, I would probably try soaking the reed
guard in a 10% bleach solution (rinsing really well after the soak -
the 10% isn't magic, its the accepted standard in dealing with spills
etc... in a hospital/lab). While I was soaking the reedguard (and
anything else that a seemed likely source - several suggestions have
already been made, including ligature). I would throw out all the
reeds that had been in the (now) clean reedguards (painful, yes - but
that's the only way to make sure you don't re-seed anything) and
start a new set of reeds.
Even better - buy a new reedguard, and start new reeds...
Diane R. Karius, Ph.D.
Department of Physiology
University of Health Sciences
2105 Independence Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64124
email: dikarius@-----.EDU

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