HP is reed juice in my book. I never 'soak' reeds in anything but I do wash them in HP. I place 4 at a time in a flat-bottom saucer and pour on enough HP to cover them. Then I scrub both sides with a child's toothbrush. I wipe off the excess and put them back in the Reed Guard. The Reed Guard and HP help me keep reeds working a long time. They actually will fool me because they play right up to the point of collapse. I have had one or two 'go down' during a set. Now I pay more attention and discard them when they begin to go soft. I think two or three four-hour gigs plus rehearsals and home practice is usually about it (I play 2 1/2s). Not bad for a $3 to $5 item.