Disinfecting Your Wood Flute May 25, 2016 12:14
At the Tree Of Life Designs booth at events, as well as at flute circles, we always disinfect our flutes throughout the day. We use a solution that we developed specifically for this purpose. It worked so well and the feedback was so positive, that we decided to offer it to customers. We have available two different combinations of tea tree essential oil, and lavender essential oil in an almond oil carrier base, as well as tea tree essential oil, cedarwood atlas essential oil, and clary sage essential oil in an almond oil carrier base. These are less than 10% essential oil dilutions and have more than enough antimicrobial power to kill even the toughest microbes, as well as fungal growth. They also work wonderfully as skin healers, and we have bottles of these to use on cuts and scrapes as well. If one decides to use an antimicrobial natural essential oil such as tea tree or lavender (eucalyptus is another great antimicrobial e.o.), one MUST always dilute in a carrier oil, which include, but are not limited to almond, grapeseed, jojoba, olive, hemp, coconut, etc. We choose almond oil because it has a long shelf life compared to some oils, and also has the added bonus of being a wonderful wood conditioner. All essential oils are powerful medicine, and must ALWAYS be used diluted in a carrier oil, never straight or "neat"! Purchase our Flute Life Oil HERE http://treeoflifedesigns.com/collections/flute-care-products
To disinfect a flute, we will place a few drops on a soft cloth, wipe the mouth pieces with the oil solution, as well as wipe the flute down to eliminate germs from fingers. This is usually sufficient to clean and disinfect a flute. Occasionally, it is recommended not only to take off the block to air dry, especially at outdoor events where there is a bit of humidity, but one can also place a couple drops of antimicrobial flute oil into the sound chambers to prevent fungal build-up. Please do not use alcohol or mouthwash on your wooden flute! This can degrade the finish, as well as dry the wood out, and are simply terrible for your flute. Dawn and I will always recommend natural solutions, as these work as well as, if not better than, chemical solutions, especially on natural flute finishes such as the ones I use. Always check with the maker of your flute and do not hesitate to ask what your flute is finished and sealed with. Not all finishes, especially heavy acrylic finishes, are compatible.
Dawn Leith-Dougherty, Tree Of Life Designs