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My ocarina smells bad
Topic Started: 26 Apr 2013, 07:37 PM (2,037 Views)
KageEnjeru
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So long story short, a tiny popcorn husk got lodged behing one of my teeth, lead to a small case of gum infection. Didn't realize what was wrong right away, continued playing my ocarina (after brushing my teeth of course), and the smell... transfered. Now my gums are ok, but my pendant smells like rotten breath. HOw can I clean this (was thinking maybe some alcohol based mouthwash, followed by placing it in a cheesecloth in a container of silica gel to dry it out, would that work?- I'm new to ocarinas so any help is greatly appreciated.)
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Jafafa Hots
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Old. Just really, really old. Also tired.
Shouldn't be as bad as cigarette smoke-soaked ones I get off ebay sometimes, hopefully, so maybe some of the tricks I've tried may work - filling it with baking soda and putting it in a box full of baking soda for a while, letting it sit outside (depending on where you live, if humidity etc. isn't a problem.)

A lot depends on what it's made of. I have some stuff I bought called AtmosKlear for getting rid of pet odors "on contact" but I haven't used it on ocarinas, too scared to try it as my smelly ones are all antiques... but it is biodegradable and non-toxic, so depending on what your oc is made of and how it's decorated it might be worth trying. I swouldn't buy it just for an oc, but if you have pets it might be worth the trouble. But it does say to test it on an inconspicuous area first, so it might effect pigments. It's supposedly just minerals.
I wouldn't use anything wet on anything but a metal or plastic or very hard-fired ceramic though.

Since your ocarina's smell is so recent, hopefully just a general cleaning and airing out etc. might help, unlike the grimy smoke-covered ancient ones I get. Yours at least hasn't been letting the odor particles sit there for years.
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KageEnjeru
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I'm not sure what kind of glaze it has, only that its a handpainted Focalink Long Mouth.

About the baking soda thing, how do you make sure to get all the baking soda out?
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Old. Just really, really old. Also tired.
KageEnjeru
27 Apr 2013, 02:28 AM
I'm not sure what kind of glaze it has, only that its a handpainted Focalink Long Mouth.

About the baking soda thing, how do you make sure to get all the baking soda out?
I never had a problem getting it all out... it stays powder, if the ocarina is dry inside it doesn't stick, it just drains out with a little shaking.
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Make music, not notes! >:(
I'am glad it is not one of the ones that were used by a smoker, those are apparently much worse! :D
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27 Apr 2013, 11:49 AM
I'am glad it is not one of the ones that were used by a smoker, those are apparently much worse! :D
Ugh, i'd have to return it. I hate the smell.... let alone the taste. XD
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Anthonyvl
28 Apr 2013, 05:02 AM
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27 Apr 2013, 11:49 AM
I'am glad it is not one of the ones that were used by a smoker, those are apparently much worse! :D
Ugh, i'd have to return it. I hate the smell.... let alone the taste. XD
WAIT THEN I CANT REMOVE THE SMELL OF DEATH (smoke)
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KageEnjeru
26 Apr 2013, 07:37 PM
So long story short, a tiny popcorn husk got lodged behing one of my teeth, lead to a small case of gum infection. Didn't realize what was wrong right away, continued playing my ocarina (after brushing my teeth of course), and the smell... transfered. Now my gums are ok, but my pendant smells like rotten breath. HOw can I clean this (was thinking maybe some alcohol based mouthwash, followed by placing it in a cheesecloth in a container of silica gel to dry it out, would that work?- I'm new to ocarinas so any help is greatly appreciated.)
Did you ever get the smell issue resolved? And if so, how did you remedy the problem or did it just go away on its own?
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