Whistle Maintenance & Cleaning

Clean as a whistle!

Clean as a whistle!

A ways down the road, I started realising that my whistles were getting dirty and I thought “Is there a good way to clean these whistles?”! I did a quick search around the Internet and found some interesting ways and recommendations.

Here was one discussion. This was a similar how-to on what I follow.

One of my colleagues, JVN, mentioned that one method is to rub alcohol to disinfect it. You’d have to leave the whistle for a few days to let it dry off on its own. Another is to use a Q-tip and water.

Since there wasn’t anything concrete, I thought “Why not create a video on how I do it?”. I personally have a set of FOX 40 Classic whistles. Might help others so enjoy below if you haven’t tried yet or have a different way!

The difference? Imagine trying to take a deep breath when you have a congested throat. Not easy and definitely not soothing right? That’s how your whistles are after long-term use. Clean them up and you’ll be good to go with clean whistle blasts.

Cost? The bottle of mouthwash you can see in the video cost me CAD 3.14. Fair price for being able to clean my whistles over the long-term.

My method will leave the whistles tasting minty. Definitely a plus point!



Check out the latest post I found from Fox 40 World.


13 comments on “Whistle Maintenance & Cleaning

  1. I thought of that once and just placed the whistles in hot (not boiling) water with some soap. Not completely clean on the inside. Might try this method.

  2. Farq11 says:

    Instead of using mouthwash you can also use a vinegar and water solution. This is what Fox40 Recommends in the FAQ on their website.

  3. Nice to see the topic is still active one year after your post. Could be a nice solution too, although it misses the minty flavour.

    • Stephanie says:

      Would either of these solutions harm the cork inside a traditional metal whistle ?

      • larbitre says:

        Do you mean the “rubbery” sort of ball inside it? I think it might.
        You could try hanging the whistle and just try cleaning the mouthpiece perhaps?

  4. Jim Stokes says:

    I use fizzy sterilising tablets that clean babies bottles in warm water, and clean through with a cotton wool bud.

  5. david piland says:

    Please tell the name of the music used! I can’t locate it . Thanks much

  6. PopiSLG says:

    Hi from France 🙂 even though I’m not referreing football I followed your advice and tried to leave my whistles in mouthwash for three hours. It left green marks on the CMG, I had to clean them with water/vinegar solution and lost the minty taste. Maybe it’s my mouthwash?

    • larbitre says:

      Hey PopiSLG,

      I’ve removed the video since people have had various reactions with them.

      Green marks?! Those should most certainly come off. Haven’t heard/seen that before.

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