I haven't been able to play my clarinet or sax for a couple of weeks now, due to a particularly nasty crop of mouth ulcers, which I'm prone to when I'm a bit run down. I now seem to have something nasty going on in the back of my throat too, so will be leaving my instruments alone until I'm properly recovered.
In the meantime, I want to make sure that my mouthpieces aren't harbouring any germs, as the last thing I want to do is reinfect myself. I am quite meticulous about swabbing out instruments, mouthpieces, washing pull throughs etc but I would like to give the mouthpieces a more thorough clean. Both are less than a year old - my tenor is a basic plastic David Hite but my clarinet mouthpiece was rather more expensive, so although I want to be thorough, I don't want to inflict damage! I was thinking along the lines of a wipe out with cotton buds using TCP or possibly tea tree oil. I would prefer to use tea tree oil, rather than TCP but can anyone advise on how much to dilute or even suggest an alternative?
Also, I know not to use hot water on the ebonite mouthpiece but is there anything else I need to be aware of? Any advice gratefully received!