At times, you may wonder if your recorder requires cleaning or, if it is being shared, disinfecting. The cleaning and disinfecting methods vary depending on the construction material.

  • For plastic recorders, cleaning the external and internal surfaces is easily accomplished by soaking them in a mild detergent solution. However, when disinfecting the mouthpiece, avoid using strong disinfectants that can damage the smooth surfaces inside the windway. Instead, we recommend utilizing sterilising solutions designed for baby feeding bottles. These solutions effectively disinfect without causing harm, even with repeated use.
  • Wooden recorders should never be soaked in water. Instead, clean the external surface using a cloth dampened with detergent or a mild sterilising solution for disinfection. Neat Listerine can also be used effectively on wooden instruments but should not be applied to plastic recorders.
  • To clean or disinfect the windway, apply a small amount of neat detergent or Listerine directly into the windway, let it sit for approximately an hour, and then flush it out with clean warm water using a dropper. Repeat this process until the instrument no longer retains the taste of detergent or disinfectant. Anti-condensation solutions typically consist of a mixture of detergent and water. After flushing out the windway, ensure the recorder is completely dry before playing it again.
  • Occasionally, recorders may become affected by mildew. In such cases, it is advisable to keep the instrument outside of its case to allow for complete drying between uses, which helps prevent mildew growth. To remove mildew, swab the affected areas with hydrogen peroxide and let it stand for five to ten minutes. Afterwards, clean the recorder with a swab and lukewarm water. Applying apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar to the wood, followed by rinsing, can help prevent its reappearance.

And most importantly, among the many advantages, the recorder is a relatively affordable instrument compared to examples like the bandura, saxophone, or violin. Additionally, like any other wind instrument, the performer engages in a close interaction with it. Therefore, for your health, hygiene, and convenience, there is every reason and opportunity to acquire your own instrument. After all, it is your partner in an exciting musical journey. It is your faithful companion. Every sound, every note that resonates from your instrument reflects your unique musical identity. Together, you expand your musical horizons, explore new compositions and techniques. The quality of sound and the pleasure of playing serve as additional motivation for you to practice and improve every day. However, this interaction requires your attention and care. Regular instrument maintenance is an investment in your own musical quality!