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 Post subject: cleaning inside the didge?
PostPosted: 09.10.2006, 23:36 
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i just recently noticed the inside of my didge starting to smell funny. any thing i can do to sort this out?


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PostPosted: 10.10.2006, 07:37 
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What kind of didge is it Dylan? Is it sealed inside?


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PostPosted: 10.10.2006, 12:21 
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it's really hard to tell, looks like it is from the bell end but cant see the whole way cause of bends. it's by karl hardy if that helps.


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PostPosted: 10.10.2006, 12:23 
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As it's by Karl Hardy it's most likely sealed on the inside with PVA or similar.


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As it's by Karl Hardy it's most likely sealed on the inside with PVA or similar.


I would agree, Kyle.

Dylan, how often are you playing this stick and are you allowing air to circulate properly? It sounds like there might be a bit o' bacteria bloom starting. To disinfect quickly, I use a mix of pure tea tree tree oil and water to lightly spritz down the bore using a small spray bottle. Tea tree oil is well known for its antiseptic and antifugal properties.


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Dear Flyangler,
what % of tea tree oil you diluite in water? I'm very interested.....


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PostPosted: 11.10.2006, 00:17 
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i play at least 30 mins a day and usually keep it upright and allow air to circulate through the bottom. anyway i'll get a spray mixture made up to fix it. thanks for the info.


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what % of tea tree oil you diluite in water?


Pure tea tree oil, if you can find it. I find these small tinctures of essential oils and usually mix this with 2-3oz of water. Trial size hairspray bottles are perfect for this. If you find the smell of tea tree oil a bit strong, you can also mix in some lavender essential oil for a sweeter smell. LA Outback in the US actually sells this as 'Didgeri-Clean'.


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PostPosted: 11.10.2006, 07:22 
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Hi

I've found not cleaning mine a good security system for my sticks (contemporary ones). :lol:

7/8 years daily use plus accumulated orange gunk from orange ice lollies while busking in the summer means you never need to worry about any one playing them un-invited or stealing them, in both cases you'll find them lying on their backs wheezing like dying flies :twisted: :twisted:

:idea: May be that's why didge club numbers haven't increased :!:

But when I have cleaned my sticks I've done as Jason suggests but sometimes added some eucalyptus to the mix too.

Kev :lol:


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PostPosted: 11.10.2006, 11:59 
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flyangler18 wrote:
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what % of tea tree oil you diluite in water?


Pure tea tree oil, if you can find it. I find these small tinctures of essential oils and usually mix this with 2-3oz of water. Trial size hairspray bottles are perfect for this. If you find the smell of tea tree oil a bit strong, you can also mix in some lavender essential oil for a sweeter smell. LA Outback in the US actually sells this as 'Didgeri-Clean'.



Thank you for reply to me....! Thanks for this supplementary information!


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i just realised i have eucalyptus oil. would this do the job if diluted with water? maybe it doesn't have the disinfection qualities of tea tree oil?


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i just realised i have eucalyptus oil. would this do the job if diluted with water?


I believe it will work nicely- and some people find the scent of eucalyptus oil more appealing than tea tree oil. Just a few light spritzes down the bore will do the trick.


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Isn't orange oil antiseptic as well?

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Loretta wrote:
Isn't orange oil antiseptic as well?


Caren (the wife) said that sweet orange oil is:

has immune support and soothing properties. A natural aid for mouth and gum problems. Tonic and cleansing properties.

But was unclear if it was clacified as an antiseptic.


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Isn't orange oil antiseptic as well?


I suspect that most of the volatile essential oils are, citrus included. I think tea tree and eucalyptus just happen to top the list as far as their effectiveness goes.


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