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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000327.txt from 1999/04

From: George Kidder <>
Subj: Re: [kl] should I soak reeds in water
Date: Tue, 6 Apr 1999 06:06:09 -0400

Not to worry, Cindy. Drug store hydrogen peroxide (which is what I assume
we are talking about) is used as a mouth wash for certain dental conditions
- it is indeed a strong oxidizing agent, but the cells seem to be protected
by a specific enzyme (peroxidase) which destroys the peroxides very fast.
Secondly, as soon as the reed dries, the peroxide is gone - it cannot exist
out of an aqueous solution. Finally, I routinely soak my reeds for about 5
minutes after using them (when I am at home); they have been known to stay
in it overnight, but that was because I forgot them. Didn't seem to hurt
them, though.


At 01:21 PM 4/5/99 EDT, you wrote:
>Andy has expressed a problem with his reeds' becoming dirty. You can soak
>your reeds overnight in hydrogen peroxide. Be sure to rinse the reeds VERY
>well the next morning.
>I have tried this method on occasion and all manner of gunk comes out of the
>reeds and rises to the surface of the hydrogen peroxide solution. As you
>probably know, H2O2 is also a good disinfectant. However, be careful when
>use hydrogen peroxide; it's a fairly strong oxidizing agent. You don't want
>to get it on your skin, your eyes, or your mouth!
>A pharmacist friend cleans/disinfects his reeds by soaking them in a
>commercial mouthwash.
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