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    I got a cold. I read on some other threads that playing the saxophone while being sick is fine. So I decided to keep playing. But none of the threads I've read talked much about disinfecting a reed after playing. What should I do to it when I'm done playing? Could hand soap and water do the trick? Thanks!

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    I keep some white vinegar in a spray bottle and occasionally spray and rub my reeds with it. I rinse them afterwards with water and let them dry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yamahaaltoplayer View Post
    I got a cold. I read on some other threads that playing the saxophone while being sick is fine. So I decided to keep playing. But none of the threads I've read talked much about disinfecting a reed after playing. What should I do to it when I'm done playing? Could hand soap and water do the trick? Thanks!
    You should not worry about it. Do as you usually do with cleaning your reed (or not). Don't worry about your mouth. Your nose, on the other hand, is dangerous. The hand-to-nose vector is how you get many colds, and how you can easily give them. That's why washing your hands often, and keeping them off your runny nose, does the most good in preventing colds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavyRay View Post
    You should not worry about it. Do as you usually do with cleaning your reed (or not). Don't worry about your mouth. Your nose, on the other hand, is dangerous. The hand-to-nose vector is how you get many colds, and how you can easily give them. That's why washing your hands often, and keeping them off your runny nose, does the most good in preventing colds.
    Oh. The runny nose.

    I usually just suck the moisture out of the reed after playing and then it's back into the reed case. I guess I'll just rinse it and maybe use soap too.

    Any other opinions?

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    Wussies. Just stick the reed back in the reed case and fugedaboudit.
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    Or, if you don't have a readily available reed case, simply temporarily stick it up your nose and save the germs the travel time and distance.
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    Default Re: Got A Cough/Cold - How Should I Disinfect My Reed After Playing?

    Quote Originally Posted by gary View Post
    Wussies. Just stick the reed back in the reed case and fugedaboudit.
    Exactly.

    I never do anything different when I play while sick. I doubt a cold virus could live very long on a reed anyway.
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    I'm wondering why you are asking this. You've already got the cold. You can't give it to yourself. Are you planning to share your reed with someone else? This is a bad idea at the best of times, but especially when you're sick.

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    I NEVER share my reeds. EVER! I guess you should talk to the people in my school. They use school instruments without even cleaning the mouthpiece. They don't even care if a reed has been used before. Lol. I guess being sick doesn't really change my sax playing in any way. Now I gotta get rid of this cold. It usually takes forever for me to get better.

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    First of all, when the cold is over, the germ isn't gone furthermore you are immune. You can't get sick again from the same germ.

    Normally water is enoug. If this is not enough for you use hot water.

    Alcohol is also a solution. Personally I like rum. ;-)

    Irregularly I give my MPCs and Reeds (synthetics) a "Kukidentkur".
    I don't know if you know Kukident. It's a set of theeth cleaner.
    ( but be careful, last time it attacted the MPCs goldplating)

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    Default Re: Got A Cough/Cold - How Should I Disinfect My Reed After Playing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yamahaaltoplayer View Post
    I NEVER share my reeds. EVER! I guess you should talk to the people in my school. They use school instruments without even cleaning the mouthpiece. They don't even care if a reed has been used before. Lol. I guess being sick doesn't really change my sax playing in any way. Now I gotta get rid of this cold. It usually takes forever for me to get better.
    Yeah, but school people only need to share the instrument, not really the mouthpeice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gary View Post
    Wussies. Just stick the reed back in the reed case and fugedaboudit.
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    Vodka would be a really good idea I think! Why not always soak your reed in vodka I stead of water?! Makes it taste much better!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yamahaaltoplayer View Post
    Could hand soap and water do the trick?
    Didn't you ever get your mouth washed out with soap when you were a kid? Blea....

    Vodka. If you're worried about the alcohol, dilute it halfway with water.

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    Default Re: Got A Cough/Cold - How Should I Disinfect My Reed After Playing?

    My best reed fell off my mouth, down to the dirty floor of the studio that i practise, and now my querry is how should i disinfect it...it's my best reed and i ll try to keep it as much as i can.
    Reading this thread i ve seen solutions like vinegar, alcohol, spirits...what do you think that i should do best?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyGreece View Post
    My best reed fell off my mouth, down to the dirty floor of the studio that i practise, and now my querry is how should i disinfect it...it's my best reed and i ll try to keep it as much as i can. Reading this thread i ve seen solutions like vinegar, alcohol, spirits...what do you think that i should do best?
    Thanks!
    There really is no need to disinfect it as the mouth bacterial flora is probably "dirtier" than the floor surface! Unless there is gross visible contamination rinsing it with running water is probably all you need to do. I would avoid sharing reeds at all cost though, to avoid transmission of certain viral and bacterial infections.

    At the end of each playing session, it's probably best to rinse both sides of the reed with lukewarm running water while carefully and lightly sliding the thumb and index finger from the base to he tip. Then I carefully pat both sides of the reed with a clean tissue paper, then put it back in the reed holder. I have favorite reeds actually lasting for years, although I tend to use 4-5 at the same time in batches.
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    Let it sit in a mixture of isopropyl alcohol and hydrogen peroxide for a few minutes.

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    I'd go for the 5-second rule myself.

    Just rinse it off.
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