Can I use hand soap to clean the mouthpiece of my clarinet ?
- Anonymous9 months ago
vinegar and a shammy rag maybe but be sure to clean the rag first
- robertoLv 610 months ago
try therabreath. soak it in enough of the stuff to cover it,let sit a good half hour
- Me2Lv 710 months ago
Dove bar soap works well to clean mouthpieces, and rinses off completely, unlike many other bar soaps and some liquid soaps. In general, liquid detergent for hand-washing dishes is preferred. Do not immerse any part except the mouthpiece in water.
A mouthpiece requires special care. First grease the cork fairly well. Use a soft toothbrush or similar to scrub. Don't force anything through the mouthpiece by pushing or pulling. Avoid damaging the tip (even a small nick affects playability) or scratching the inside.
After a thorough rinse, apply hand sanitizer, 50% to 99% alcohol (propyl, isopropyl, or ethyl), or Sterisol germicide to sterilize, wait a minute or so, and wipe dry. If the mouthpiece has an odor, put it cork end up in a glass or mug, fill with vinegar to just below the cork, wait 30 minutes, and rinse.
One of my compatriots applies a little food-safe or medical-grade mineral oil to a sponge swab, and pulls it through the instrument a couple of times, and similarly lightly oils the mouthpiece inside and out. The amount of oil is very small, just enough that a sheen is visible. He was shown this by an instructor during his university studies, and I'd guess that the practise is not uncommon.
[ EDIT: Via a brief consult with different clarinetist, I found that commercial products called "bore oil" are widely used. It is essential to never use a "drying oil" such as linseed, tung, or walnut oils. ]
- PearlLv 710 months ago
if youre not sure i wouldnt use it
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- Anonymous10 months ago
I would have staying from using hand soap because it's going to leave a bad taste. I tell you what works really good though Listerine mouthwash.
- oldprofLv 710 months ago
Sure, why not? Of course you'll rinse it off good because you don't want the soapy taste on the mouthpiece.Source(s): Played woodwinds in a variety of bands.
- 10 months ago
Yes, the mouthpiece is plastic. Liquid soap is better than soap.
- 10 months ago
there is a liquid soap called soft soap which is better washes it faster