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Can Hydrogen Peroxide be used instead of Alcohol cleaning silicone tips?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Just wondering if Hydrogen Peroxide had any negative side affects towards silicone tips. I don't have alcohol on hand but I do have hydrogen peroxide, so I was wondering if that works. Thanks.
post #2 of 11
Well I know that Hydrogen peroxide will get rid of the wax, but I don't think it has any disinfectant properties like alcohol. I could be wrong about that though.
post #3 of 11
H2O2 is a disinfectant. How silicone reacts to it, though, is beyond me.
post #4 of 11
Why not just take them off and wash them with dish liquid and water?

From the chemistry perspective, hydrogen peroxide is strongly oxidising. Silicon are pretty inert, but if it contain dyes it could be bleached. But that is in theory, I really have no idea how they would behave in practice (which would depend on the strength of the hydrogen peroxide).
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
It's just the common 3% hydrogen peroxide. I kinda wanna use it as a disinfectant, but there is a dye component in it now that I think about it...I think I will just buy the alcohol. Would the alcohol break down the ear wax?
post #6 of 11
ericj has use H2O2 to clean his 6i flanges and filters, so I believe it is quite safe. Plus the H2O2 you have probably isn't concentrate enough to do any damage.

Since it is the tips, regular soap and water should do the trick. No need for the fancy stuff.
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
Alright. It's just my ears have been irritated a lot, and one side sounds muffled but I can still hear everything fine, it's just the muffled feeling. It's not earwax cause I've used Debrox + H202 and the muffled feeling is still there, and I don't really feel like going to a check up. My take on it is that because there is irritation, there is swelling inside, since my IEMs feel different than normal, which is creating a muffled sound...but I can still hear everything fine. Thought it might be the bacteria on the tips or something that's causing the swelling, since bacteria easily goes into the ear canal and whatnot. Anyone who has experienced this know what to do in this situation?
post #8 of 11
If it is an infection, you should stop using headphone all together and let someone check your ear canal for you.
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
It might be...I'll see if I can get an appointment. Thanks for the heads up.
post #10 of 11
Buy a box of Alcohol Injection Swabs - most effective and convenient way of cleaning tips. Peroxide is far too reactive.
post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by jirams View Post
Buy a box of Alcohol Injection Swabs - most effective and convenient way of cleaning tips. Peroxide is far too reactive.
It's reactive for sure, but it's reactive primarily with organic substances.

You don't want to leave your silicone flanges in a peroxide bath for a month, but a half hour in 3% peroxide won't damage them at all.
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