Here are some simple and useful things you can do to keep your instrument clean.
How to clean your head joint:
1) With the help of an adult, dip a cotton swab in isopropyl alcohol and clean around the embouchure hole carefully.
2) Use a soft cloth and your cleaning rod to clean inside the head joint.
PLEASE NOTE: Do not run your head joint under water! (This could shrink your head joint cork!)
How to clean your mouthpiece:
1) Find a small container that your mouthpiece can fit in straight up and down.
2) Put your mouthpiece inside so that the cork is on the top. With the help of an adult, fill the container half with water and half with white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide. Make sure the cork is not getting wet. Let your mouthpiece soak for fifteen minutes.
3) Use a small mouthpiece brush or small, soft toothbrush to remove anything from inside and outside.
4) Rinse your mouthpiece and then put a disinfectant solution on it. Leave the disinfectant on your mouthpiece for one minute and then wipe it dry with a paper towel.
***You should swab your mouthpiece after each time you play your instrument!
1) Take a cloth and some warm, soapy water and clean the outside of the mouthpiece and a mouthpiece brush with warm, soapy water to clean the inside.
2) Rinse and dry the mouthpiece and then, put a disinfectant on it. Leave the disinfectant on your mouthpiece for one minute and then wipe it dry with a paper towel.
String instruments do not need to be cleaned as rigorously as the band instruments do. The best thing that string players can do is wash your hands before you play your instrument.