Nobody wants to think about germs and bacteria when headed up to the stage to sing Karaoke but, have you ever stopped to think about what’s on that Karaoke microphone? Have you watched other singers spit and spray as they belt out their favorite tune? Since you started singing Karaoke in public, have you contracted more colds, coughs and sore throats than usual?
Cold and flu viruses can survive outside the body for up to 48 hours. Like so many before you, chances are your mouth will touch the microphone while singing. Not to mention the number of grimy, polluted hands that held it before you.
It may not be enough to take multi-vitamins and boost your immune system when sharing that many germs in one evening of fun. There are some things you can do to lessen your chances of sharing those “bacteria bugs.” The most important is washing your hands frequently. Throughout the evening you can accumulate germs off the microphone from people who have been in contact with contaminated surfaces, foods, animals and animal waste, toilet seats, dirty door knobs, saliva, blood, etc. If you don't wash your hands frequently enough, you can infect yourself with these germs by touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Talk to your Karaoke host or hostess to see if they mind letting you use your own windsock / foam mic cover each time you sing. It only takes a second to slip it on and can save you from spreading or contracting multiple viruses.
Another option is spray-on microphone sanitizer but again, make sure your Karaoke host or hostess approves the use of this product on their equipment. Sanitizer that is made specifically for microphones is usually a dry spray so it won’t harm the mic. Several Boise Karaoke bars have initiated the use of SingClean, an all-in-one microphone and hand sanitizing dispenser with holder that attaches to the mic stand. SaniGuard is another very effective dry spray that is in use around the Treasure Valley.
Don’t let microphone microbes spoil your Karaoke fun. Wash your hands after singing and take precautions to prevent spreading germs. Stay healthy, sing loud and we’ll see you around town this weekend!