Is the mic you’re borrowing harboring any nasty germs?
Item: Microphome, Mic Cleaning Foam
Price: US $6.99, UK £11.95
At A Glance: Microphome is a cleaning product designed to sanitise and deodorise your microphone grille. The product comes in a 50ml bottle containing a foam that you squirt onto your microphone and rub into the grille with your hand or a cloth. This then dries after a couple of minutes, leaving no residue, and apparently killing 99.9% of the germs on the surface of your mic. The manufacturers say that it is safe to use on all types of live microphone and it is also available with a cleaning kit that includes a pouch, brush, cloth and scouring pad.
High Notes: By sanitising your microphone, you are reducing the chance of picking up any harmful germs that could potentially lead to a sore throat or even a cold. It will particularly appeal to singers who have to share microphones with other people, especially at gigs such as open mic nights. Each bottle should last for around 120 applications and it can also be used for sanitising other items such as mobile phones or tablet PCs.
Off Pitch: Currently it is considerably more expensive in the UK than in the USA.
A VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: Microphome is simple to use and its alcohol-free formula means it should not corrode any of your micr’s electronics. It is also slightly scented to mask any unpleasant smells (such as from being used in smoky environments). If you are regularly performing in venues where you cannot use your own mic and you are worried about how clean the mic is, Microphome will come in particularly useful. It can be applied in a matter of seconds and, although recommended, you do not have to wait for it to completely dry before you start singing if you do not have time. If you care about the hygiene of your mic, microphome is certainly worth checking out.
Manufacturers’ Website: http://www.microphome.com