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How to clean a Dry Herb Vaporizer?

It’s no secret that you need to keep your vaporizer clean in order for it to operate at its highest potential. Only frequent cleanings – once every session or two will guarantee the optimal vapor quality and flavor. It’s a common consensus in the vape community that isopropyl alcohol is the best, most cost-effective choice to use to clean your vape. 

Dollar for dollar, isopropyl alcohol is the strongest solvent for the price. Cleaning your vape properly does not just mean soaking your unit in the alcohol and waiting for it to clean itself. There are parts of your vape and device materials that you need to pay attention to while cleaning, and there are also some pieces that should not come in contact with any alcohol such as O-rings and soft rubbers.

To make sure you’re cleaning your portable dry herb vaporizer the right way, keep reading!

When to clean your vaporizer

If you expect your vaporizer to be in good working order for every session, obviously you need to keep it clean. But why is this so crucial? Perhaps the biggest reason for this is the fact that when warm vapor couples with cool parts of the unit, a resin is formed as a result. 

Vapor, when condensed into a resin, will be sticky and hard to remove if you let it build up. Think of it like anything else you were to breathe in and/or out of: if you were scuba diving with a mouthpiece that had caked on sediment, you wouldn’t last long underwater. 

The same is true for your vape – quality toke sessions will not last long if you let the resin build up and don’t clean it. You can also cause irreversible damage to your vape if you let it get really bad. No worries though, as you can easily get rid of the resin with some trusty isopropyl alcohol applied to the right places.

Cleaning Your Vaporizer Parts in isopropyl alcohol

How often to do vaporizer maintenance?

To keep things running in tip-top shape, you’ll want to do regular light cleaning. Usually, this entails cleaning the mouthpiece screen and chamber with a brush.

Most herb vapes come with a small cleaning brush included in the box. After every few sessions or so simply clean off the mouthpiece screen (if your vape has one) and brush out the chamber/surrounding. 

A couple times a year you’ll want to do some deep cleaning. This is usually done to mouthpieces, vapor paths, and so forth.

How to use isopropyl alcohol for cleaning vaporizers?

To get started, find a container to soak your vaporizer parts in. If the container is made of plastic, be sure you won’t mind donating said container to the cause of quality vape tokes because you won’t want to fill it with food or much of anything else for that matter. Glass or ceramic however clean out easily and we recommend a small glass baking dish or cup.

Disassemble your vape, take the metal, ceramic, or glass pieces and fully submerge them in alcohol. Gently swish and swirl for a couple minutes and let sit. While they’re in alcohol, you can scrub any piece with a small brush – that’ll likely get it squeaky clean in no time.

Rinse with regular water, let the parts dry, and then reassemble.

Do a burn-off session (turn your vape onto high temperature without herb loaded) to ensure all residue and solvent vapors evaporate properly – you don’t want to inhale that stuff.

Depending on which vape you have, these details will vary. We’d recommend looking at the user manual for the specific vape you have – the manufacturer will have detailed cleaning instructions. Alternatively, our review videos go into depth on cleaning any specific vaporizer.

Do NOT Use Alcohol on These Parts

As we previously mentioned, there are some parts of your vape and device materials that should never come in contact with isopropyl alcohol.

One of such materials is wood. Alcohol breaks down the molecules in wood and over time causes wood to disintegrate entirely. Definitely keep your alcohol away from wooden pieces; otherwise, they can be badly damaged. To clean wooden parts, soak a cotton ball or a Q-tip in warm water. Take the same approach to silicon or soft rubber, which is what most gaskets and desktop hitting tubes are made out of. Use some kind of gentle cleaner for any vape parts made from silicon.

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Time to Vape Again

When you are all finished cleaning your vaporizer it’s time to vape again! Before you pack a fresh bowl, be sure to turn your vape on to the highest setting for about 3-5 minutes. That burn-off session is vital to ensure you don’t vape any of the residual alcohol that might still be there or ruin a freshly loaded batch of flower.

Just like with any other cleaning process, a little knowledge goes a long way. You’ll get a solid two-dozen or so cleanings from a bottle of isopropyl alcohol, which costs no more than $10.

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Quick Tips on How to Clean Your Vaporizer
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Quick Tips on How to Clean Your Vaporizer
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