How do I clean my disgusting mouldy snorkel?

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks and Snorkels' started by LadyP, Feb 11, 2007.

  1. LadyP

    LadyP Angel Fish

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    Not very nice but I've managed to get my snorkel a bit on the mouldy side but not sure what to use to clean it. I know the mould removers you use in the shower are pretty fierce so don't want to use one of those. Any ideas out there as it's quite a posh snorkel so I don't want to buy a new one.

    Cheers

    Lady P
     
  2. do it easy

    do it easy Orca

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    Maybe you could dunk it in a MILD bleach solution? Be sure to let it dry between dive trips. The silicone tends to yellow with age, regardless of what you do to it, so it won't stay brand new looking forever.
     
  3. justleesa

    justleesa Neither here nor there ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Soak it in bleach/water, maybe use one of those flexible bottle brushes to scrub a bit. Then a good water rinse should do the trick.
     
  4. drdiver1952

    drdiver1952 Barracuda

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    The mild bleach solution cleaning with a bottle brush are good approaches. I would clean the snorkel first the bottle brush using a mild dishwashing detergent like Dawn. Rinse the snorkel thoroughly and then soak for 30 minutes in a solution of bleach prepared as follows 1 tbsp of 5% household bleach mixed well in per gallon of cold water. Prolonged contact with the bleach solution is necessary to kill the mold.
     
  5. scubamax

    scubamax Barracuda

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    I have had similar problems with masks, being in a humid environment they never really dry out to the point that mould cannot grow..Although a lot of people say never to use bleach, because it can damage the silicone, I found that a diluted solution of softscrub with bleach (or just diluted bleach) works great.
     
  6. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest

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    Know the humidity in your part of the country is a real problem. Glad I live in a dry climate. Since I don't use a snorkel while diving, mine stays showroom clean in my dive locker.

    To avoid a caustic cleaner, perhaps Simple Green might work if used with a bottle brush or pulling a rag through it if that is possible. A soak in mild bleach afterwards.
     
  7. CAPT HOOK

    CAPT HOOK Manta Ray

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    "Any ideas out there as it's quite a posh snorkel so I don't want to buy a new one"

    Come on!!!!!!!!!
     
  8. Cacia

    Cacia Divemaster

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    Use the peroxide mouthwash by Crest or Listerine...it will bubble away.

    This is why I use black stuff....can't see the crud!
     
  9. spectrum

    spectrum Dive Bum Wannabe ScubaBoard Supporter

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    On a lot of models the the flex hose will actually pop right off the upper and lower hard sections. If it's stiff warm it in hot tap water. Taking it apart might let you get in and brush it out better. The bleach solution should be the ticket. The chlorine should evaporate but if it bothers you finish with a mouthwash rinse.

    My Mojave is so supple that I put zip ties on the flex hose and mouthpieces of ours. My wifes mouthpiece popped and was lost one time.

    Pete
     
  10. Diving Doc

    Diving Doc Scuba Instructor

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    Weak solution of milton for me...u know the stuff they use to disinfect baby bottles
     
  11. 3ddiver

    3ddiver Nassau Grouper

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    Snorkels are cheap, buy a new one? :D
     
  12. LadyP

    LadyP Angel Fish

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    Guys what can I say? I'm overwhelmed by the responses and ideas for the cleaning of the mouldy snorkel. Thanks all! And it is posh. 50 bucks posh. Not the kind you drink cocktails out of.
     
  13. spectrum

    spectrum Dive Bum Wannabe ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Gee for $50 they should clean it free with the annual servicing. :)
     
  14. CAPT HOOK

    CAPT HOOK Manta Ray

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    $50 for a snorkel!
    Hey, I got a bridge in Brooklyn ;-)
     
  15. Ronald K

    Ronald K Angel Fish

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    Try toothpaste! I used it in the army when cleaning my water bottle. Gets rid of the plastic smell as well.
     
  16. kirkryan

    kirkryan Nassau Grouper

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    Try using a large test tube cleaning brush or an aquarium filter downtube brush with your favorite cleaning material recommended in the other posts. I will not preach about anything that I am sure you have already learned about storing your gear so good luck!!
     
  17. kirkryan

    kirkryan Nassau Grouper

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    On the bright side of this post I have brainstormed a business idea. Want to hear it? Ok! I am moving to Bermuda and going to start a line of dive gear called...you guessed it... Posh!! I am calling the patent office right now!!!
     
  18. Scuba Brian

    Scuba Brian Scuba Instructor

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    Do you need a partner?
     
  19. anzac65

    anzac65 Regular of the Pub

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    How about denture cleaning tablets ?
     

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