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Old Sat Apr 21, 2007, 10:57pm
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Question Whistle Cleaning

Any tips on how to clean your whistles?? I am gearing up for AYBT and figured that I had better clean them. Thanks!!
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Old Sat Apr 21, 2007, 11:08pm
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Any tips on how to clean your whistles?? I am gearing up for AYBT and figured that I had better clean them. Thanks!!
I clean all my Fox 40s in vinegar. Does wonders. You'll be surprised what all comes out. Just soak them for an hour or so.
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Old Sat Apr 21, 2007, 11:09pm
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I usually dip them in mouth wash and I have put Purell on them as well if they are really grimy and let it sit in my bag before I use it.

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Old Sat Apr 21, 2007, 11:15pm
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Thanks guys!! I was also wondering is it worth it to join the NASO if you already have insurance? I get Referee magazine and they keep sending me stuff in it sayin I can only join for $23, but most of the Benefits are about insurance. WHat do you think?
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Old Sat Apr 21, 2007, 11:25pm
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The insurance is extra. It is not required. I have been a NASO member for years. I like the fact that I can get many of their products at a discount and I get the magazine for free. If that is not worth it to you, then do not get it.

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Old Sat Apr 21, 2007, 11:47pm
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I put my whistles in boiling water. Fast and easy.
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Thanks guys!! I was also wondering is it worth it to join the NASO if you already have insurance? I get Referee magazine and they keep sending me stuff in it sayin I can only join for $23, but most of the Benefits are about insurance. WHat do you think?
i would join. the people at NASO are great and you get discounts. You also get legal advice if you need it if something happens.
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Old Sun Apr 22, 2007, 12:16pm
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Great tip that a veteran passed on to me was to soak your whistles in a solution of baking soda in water. It works really well to get all the 'gunk' out of your whistle.

I usually do the baking soda treatment, then soak my whistles in mouthwash for a nice mint (or sometimes cinammon) flavor.
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Old Sun Apr 22, 2007, 12:32pm
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The absolute best way to clean your whistles to to drop them into a glass of Coke and leave them overnight. Be sure to use Coke Classic and not that snussy Diet Coke stuff. In the morning, everything that was in and on your whistle will have dissolved out and your whistles will be absolutely clean and sterile. As an added bonus, you can also drink the Coke for breakfast. It now has an added flavor that is quite tasty, and it is nutritious also.

It's true, it's true.....

WARNING: Make sure that you detach your lanyards before placing your whistles in the Coke. If not, the lanyards will also dissolve, and thus will ruin the taste of the Coke the next morning.
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Old Sun Apr 22, 2007, 02:24pm
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I put my whistles in boiling water. Fast and easy.
Negative! Do not do this! The plastic will melt or start to deform if you leave it in there too long. Plus, a big no-no, the shine on the whistle will fade because of the hot water. The black will turn to an off dull black. Vinegar sounds the best to me because we use this to clean other things like coffee makers, etc. Leave it in over night, soak it in mouthwash before storing in your bag.

Actually, might not be a bad idea to do this treatment to your spare whistle in case one of your partners forgets theirs. They will appreciate the mouth-wash treatment.
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Old Sun Apr 22, 2007, 04:46pm
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I soak mine in weasel extract. It's available at DieblerMart.
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Or you can just chew and fidget through two or three whistles a season. Saves a lot of cleaning!!
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Old Sun Apr 22, 2007, 05:11pm
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Negative! Do not do this! The plastic will melt or start to deform if you leave it in there too long. Plus, a big no-no, the shine on the whistle will fade because of the hot water. The black will turn to an off dull black. Vinegar sounds the best to me because we use this to clean other things like coffee makers, etc. Leave it in over night, soak it in mouthwash before storing in your bag.

Actually, might not be a bad idea to do this treatment to your spare whistle in case one of your partners forgets theirs. They will appreciate the mouth-wash treatment.
If you allow them to melt you don't need to be messing with boiling water in the first place. Also, they will fade if you keep them in there too long...otherwise, it won't hurt the whistle.
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Old Sun Apr 22, 2007, 05:34pm
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Negative! Do not do this! The plastic will melt or start to deform if you leave it in there too long. Plus, a big no-no, the shine on the whistle will fade because of the hot water. The black will turn to an off dull black.
That won't happen if you use cold boiling water. Try it.
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