The Care of your Harmonica!

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

(Take Care of your Harmonica)

I’m going to be talking about harmonica maintenance taking care of your harmonica so that it performs better and is clean inside and out to be able to give you a long enjoyable time with your harmonica. It also allows you to not have to replace your harmonicas so quickly. Just like other wind instruments harmonicas get moisture in them which can create a problem when playing them it also can create rust on the outside cover plate. The best way to keep your harmonica clean while playing it is to tap your harmonica on your hand to get the moisture out then wipe it off with a soft cloth.

Always store your harmonicas in a case the best cases are hard cases to protect your harmonica from the weather and from dropping it and keeping it from dust. If you look into a single case for your harmonica you can choose the one you need they come in hard and soft style if you need a case for more than one harmonica you might want to look into cases for harmonicas in different sizes and styles which can store 12 diatonic a couple of larger harmonicas and even a your microphone it’s a smart investment.

Here’s a picture of a couple of harmonica cases that mentioned above!

Harmonica Case (Hard Style) holds 12 diatonic harmonicas and one Chromatic harmonica
Harmonica Case (Soft Style) ‘holds one diatonic harmonica

Avoid extreme temperatures if you’re using wood comb harmonicas as they are susceptible to temperature change subjected to shrinking and swelling. Plastic combs are more tolerant to weather and temperatures and have a longer lifespan than the wood combs. Avoid excessive moisture (NEVER DUNK YOUR HARMONICAS INTO WATER, BEER OR ANY KIND OF LIQUID!) Even if it’s a plastic comb harmonica it can rust the reed plates, reeds, bolts and screws. Avoid dust and any other particles in your harmonicas dust can interfere with the movement of the reed making it sound different. Never eat and play your harmonicas food particles can clog up your harmonica. Avoid the Beach if possible salty air can cause rust on your reeds which shortens the lifespan of the harmonica.

Routine Cleaning: After playing your harmonica shake it a little bit and tap it against the palm of your hand to knock the moisture out of it wipe it off with a clean soft cloth. Every so often use rubbing alcohol and cotton balls to clean the cover plates and mouthpiece

Heavy Cleaning: 1: Lay a towel down remove cover plate screws some cover plates use Phillips head screws and some use Flat head screws use the appropriate screwdriver to remove the screws from the cover plates “don’t lose the screws.” Spray both sides of the cover plates with rubbing alcohol then wipe with a clean soft cloth.
2: Remove reed plates: remove screws from the reed plates and place in a safe place for reassembly.

3: Soak the reed plates: soak the reed plates in a solution of warm water and vinegar or lemon juice let soak for a half hour.

4: Clean the comb: while the red plates are soaking clean the comb with soap & water if it’s a plastic comb use a soft toothbrush to remove the deposits off the comb. You can also spray the comb with rubbing alcohol and brush it with a soft toothbrush.

5: Clean the reed plates: Remove the reed plates from the soaking solution use a soft toothbrush to brush the reed plate gently brush the reed plates along the reed from the rivets down don’t brush against the reeds or snag it this can damage the reeds. Then run the reed plates under warm water to rinse it off.

6: Reassemble: Let all parts of the harmonica dry completely before reassembly tighten all the screw evenly and gradually before tightening them as far as they go. make sure you put you put the right screws into the reed plates & cover plates they are different screws.



Please let me know what you think about my post on the care of your harmonica?

Have you ever used any of these suggestions on the care of your harmonica?

How long do your harmonicas last?

I would love to hear your feedback and know what you think please leave any comments or questions below and I will reply as soon as possible.

Thank you for visiting my website please come back in the future as I’m always adding new and exciting content to my website!

Have a blessed day!


6 thoughts on “The Care of your Harmonica!

  1. An interesting post. I didn’t know that harmonicas were such high maintenance! Of course I understand that because they are a mouth piece they need to be hygenic, so it makes sense.
    I have never played the harmonica, so don’t know much about them. I will look round your page to find out more!

    Thank you for the great read,
    – TBonki

    1. Hi TBonki, Thank you for checking out my website and your kind comments. I have been playing the harmonica for about 30 yrs and I learned new things about the care of your harmonica when I wrote this post. Lol Please let me know if you have any question about anything you read or see on my website.

      Please come back in the future and visit my website as I’m always adding new and exciting content!

      Have a blessed day!


  2. Well Larry, very good information on harmonica’s- I don’t play one myself but my son saw a musician playing it last week and was asking me about them. How old do you need to be to start playing the Harmonica and how long does it take to master it and also would you have any suggestions on the best way to learn how to play it?

    1. Hi Michael, Thank you for the nice compliment on my Post. To answer your questions I started messing around with the harmonica when I was about 5yrs old didn’t know anything had a A harmonica played to everything on the radio sounded horrible at least that’s what everyone said. My reply was I’m gonna be Great someday you’ll see. To learn now because of high tech you can go to and get free lessons from an Instructor that teaches you everything from A to Z. It takes dedication like any other instrument that you try to learn it’s a lot quicker now because of the Internet. If your son decides he wants to pursue the harmonica please purchase it through my website i would appreciate that I would suggest for your son to start out with a quality harmonica this is the harmonica I would suggest key of C Hohner Special 20 that’s the same one the Instructor would suggest also.

      How old is your son?

      If there’s anything I can help you out with please let me know?

      Please come back in the future as I’m always adding new and exciting content!

      Have a blessed day!


  3. Great article! To be honest I’ve never cleaned my harmonica, I didn’t even know it was necessary! I wipe it on the outside with a cloth but that’s mostly so that it shines. From now on every time I play it I’ll have to be sure to tap and wipe it because I really don’t want it to rust!

    1. Hi Rachel, Yes, cleaning your harmonica makes it play better, sound better, and is better hygiene for you, depending on how much you play. I play almost every day, and 4hr shows on fri, sat, and sun. So I clean mine alotto makes them last longer. What kind of harmonica do you have, and what key is it in?

      Have a blessed night!


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