Whistles are an essential piece of equipment for many people, from referees to musicians to dog trainers. But like any piece of equipment, they need to be cleaned regularly to keep them in good working order and prevent the spread of germs.
Here are 08 steps on how to clean a whistle for optimal performance and hygiene:
- Remove the whistle from its lanyard or strap.
- Disassemble the whistle, if possible. This will allow you to clean all of the parts thoroughly.
- Rinse the whistle with warm water.
- Apply a mild soap or detergent to a soft cloth.
- Gently scrub the whistle, paying special attention to any areas that are dirty or clogged.
- Rinse the whistle again with warm water.
- Dry the whistle with a clean microfiber cloth.
- Reassemble the whistle, if necessary.
It is important to clean your whistle regularly, especially if you use it often. Cleaning will help to remove dirt, debris, and germs that can build up over time. This will help to keep your whistle in good working order and prevent the spread of illness.
How to Clean a Metal or Brass whistle?
If you don’t want to unscrew it and the whistle is made of metal or brass, you can apply the boiled water method. Here is how to do that:
- Put one teaspoon of baking soda with 400ml water in a pan. Put the whistle into the water after seeing bubbles in your pan. Keep it 50 to 80 seconds.
- Then soak the whistle in baking soda mixed water for a few hours or overnight.
- Put the whistle in a pocket (like jeans, or trousers) and give it a regular clean in your washing machine.
How to Clean a Plastic Whistle?
But if the whistle is made of plastic never apply the boiled water method on it. Maybe it causes damage to the whistle. But you can easily clean the plastic whistle using mouthwash.
- Pour enough mouthwash into a bowl to dip the whistle. Ensure that your mouthwash is antiseptic which helps fight bacteria and germs.
- Now place the whistle in the bowl and soak for 20 to 30 minutes. All germs and bacteria will go away.
- Take the whistle and pour clean water to wash it properly.
- Put it in a safe place and dry it until you are satisfied.
Keep a Whistle Clean and in Good Condition
- Store your whistle in a clean, dry place.
- Avoid dropping or banging your whistle.
- If your whistle gets wet, dry it immediately.
- Do not use your whistle if it is damaged.
By following these tips, you can help to extend the life of your whistle and keep it in good working order.