A survey by the Oklahoma State University for Health Sciences on hygiene in high school band instruments finds that the filthiest piece of equipment is…. the clarinet.
Dr. Thomas Glass’s crew swabbed 13 wind and brass instruments from a high school band and grew the samples in petri dishes. They found 259 different types of bacteria, some of them health threatening.
The worst concentration was found in the clarinet.
NB: The article is not new, but still valid. Stay clean out there.