Mouthpiece cleaning

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Mouthpiece cleaning

Post by BflatBass » Sat Jun 23, 2018 1:18 am

Can anyone recommend a mouthpiece cleaner that disinfects as well as cleans and is UNSCENTED!

So far I've been using hand soap and water which cleans fine but I'm just wondering what other ppl use just to see if there isn't something better or more convenient. Something I can keep in the case to use when away from home.

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Re: Mouthpiece cleaning

Post by hyperbolica » Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:29 am

Regular old isopropyl alcohol from the drug store.
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Re: Mouthpiece cleaning

Post by Bonearzt » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:18 am

I don't think there's anything that's "spray & play", whatever is used needs to be rinsed in some way prior to storage or playing.
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Re: Mouthpiece cleaning

Post by ghmerrill » Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:02 pm

hyperbolica wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:29 am
Regular old isopropyl alcohol from the drug store.
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I use the 91% stuff -- also when cleaning my slide and my black powder rifle (it's a versatile cleaner and solvent!!). I don't rinse it since it evaporates almost instantly.
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Re: Mouthpiece cleaning

Post by Doug Elliott » Sat Jun 23, 2018 2:16 pm

Or the green Wintergreen scented kind of isopropyl alcohol that's available in most stores here.
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Re: Mouthpiece cleaning

Post by BGuttman » Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:00 pm

I've always been partial to mouthwash, although you need to rinse it off before you play.
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Re: Mouthpiece cleaning

Post by baileyman » Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:44 pm

Keep a brush with a bumper on it in the mouthpiece in case you drop the piece on the stem. Wipe the cup with your pants leg before putting the brush back in and storing the piece in your pocket for warmed-up use at a moment's notice. No infections yet.
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Re: Mouthpiece cleaning

Post by ghmerrill » Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:11 pm

Assuming you wear pants ... :shock:
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Re: Mouthpiece cleaning

Post by Gatt » Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:47 pm

I use 'baby wipes' successfully .........I have found unused ones are best.🤪
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Re: Mouthpiece cleaning

Post by Davidus1 » Sun Jul 01, 2018 2:12 pm

Warm water (not hot) with mild dish liquid such as Dawn has worked for me.
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Re: Mouthpiece cleaning

Post by LarryPrestonRoberson » Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:17 am

ghmerrill wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:02 pm
hyperbolica wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:29 am
Regular old isopropyl alcohol from the drug store.
+++

I use the 91% stuff -- also when cleaning my slide and my black powder rifle (it's a versatile cleaner and solvent!!). I don't rinse it since it evaporates almost instantly.
I use this myself—good old rubbing alcohol. But, I guess vodka would do the job too.
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Re: Mouthpiece cleaning

Post by ghmerrill » Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:04 am

Everclear maybe. I'm thinking Vodka might leave a sticky residue. But worth testing. Definitely more "food safe" than the isopropyl rubbing alcohol, if you're concerned about that. You might want to test a lot of vodkas to be sure you get the most efficient one.
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Re: Mouthpiece cleaning

Post by timothy42b » Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:14 am

I don't see why you would need to do more with your mouthpiece than you do with a spoon you eat with. Either one needs enough cleaning to avoid germs, and no more.

I clean mine with dish soap.
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Re: Mouthpiece cleaning

Post by Tromboned » Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:04 am

I have been using toothpaste on my mouthpiece brush and I have had decent results. It's not a disinfectant but the slight abrasive gets the surface clean and I know I won't have any strange reactions to it.
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Re: Mouthpiece cleaning

Post by peteedwards » Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:21 am

ghmerrill wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:04 am
Everclear maybe. I'm thinking Vodka might leave a sticky residue. But worth testing. Definitely more "food safe" than the isopropyl rubbing alcohol, if you're concerned about that. You might want to test a lot of vodkas to be sure you get the most efficient one.
I occasionally use vodka on the other side of the mouthpiece, Belvedere is preferred with a couple drops of vermouth & 2 olives. Not too much though or it will clean out your stomach!
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