Hello, and welcome to this week’s harmonica lesson where I will show you how to clean your harmonica without using any chemicals using an ultrasonic cleaner.
How often do you clean your harmonica?
There is no rule for how often you should clean your harmonica. It all depends on how often you play and how much gunk gets into the instrument. Personally I clean mine every 2 – 3 months. I should probably do it more than that because they get pretty gross!
Some people can get away with cleaning every 6 months if they don’t play so much or are less dribbly than me.
What do you need to clean your harmonica?
To clean your harmonica the way I do in the video you need;
• An ultrasonic cleaner
• Some tap water
• A screwdriver to take your harmonica apart
• A pot for screws
• A soft clean rag/towel to dry your harmonica
There are a couple of things to be careful about when you are cleaning you harmonica.
Firstly, if you have a wooden combed harmonica, make sure that the comb is sealed. If it is not sealed then it will absorb water and this will affect airtightness. Instead, you will need to brush off any gunk with your fingers or an old toothbrush.
Secondly, reeds are fragile. If you rub them the wrong way they will go out of alignment so make sure that you always dry gently using strokes along the length of the reed rather than from side to side.
Clean your harmonica without an ultrasonic cleaner
You don’t have to use one of these gadgets. You can use vinegar and bicarbonate of soda. Just click here to find out how.
Where to buy your ultrasonic cleaner
You can get the same ultrasonic cleaner I am using by clicking here
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