Topic: Ultrasonic cleaners - do you use a cleaning agent?

I have an ultrasonic cleaner. I use it for reeds as well as for other uses.

Thus far I use just water in it when cleaning reeds.

Does anyone use any cleaning agent in the water, to help clean the reeds more thoroughly without damaging them?

The machine came with a cleaning powder. The cleaning solution works great on my metal watch wrist band, but I hesitate to use it on my reeds.

Thanks, folks.

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Re: Ultrasonic cleaners - do you use a cleaning agent?

I would definitely avoid the chemical cleaners designed for metal on your reeds!

You can go whole hog and put in mouthwash, peroxide, water, and whatever else. I saw a formula for reed wash that was way too much for me that had various proportions of those things in the water.

I just throw an ounce or two of rubbing alcohol into warm water to kill off what few bugs are in the reeds for when I sell them, but those reeds are very new and have only 30-60 minutes of playing in them and don't need much cleaning really. Then rinse under running water.

M.M.A., D.M.A. University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign: B.Mus. Lawrence University
Bassoon professor at University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire
Maker of the Little-Jake electric bassoon pickup and Weasel bassoon reeds

Re: Ultrasonic cleaners - do you use a cleaning agent?

I use a solution of Plax mouthwash: 1 part Plax to 4 parts water.

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