How To Clean A Vape Tank

Blown out illustration of all the pieces of a vape kit

Keeping your vape tank clean is super important for quality vaping sessions every time. If you don’t clear out the e-liquid that was in there before, you can muddy the flavours. Take extra caution when swapping flavours between vaping sessions!

Why cleaning is important

If you’ve ever not cleaned your tank thoroughly between switching flavours, you’ve probably noticed the “ghost flavour” from previous e-liquids affecting your current selection. To prevent this, a proper clean is necessary. No one loves menthol and pumpkin spice latte flavour vape. No one sane, that is.

A clean tank will give you the purest flavours, and your device will work better overall as well. E-liquid with a higher VG content is thick compared to 50:50 blends, which can make it harder to remove fully. This can leave a buildup of e-liquid leftover in the vaporiser tank if left uncleaned.

Leaving e-liquid to build up over time and gunk up your components will potentially cause issues with airflow in your device. This would reduce the amount of vapour the device is capable of producing — pretty much the worst thing to happen, especially for sub-ohm vapers!

The most important reason for cleaning your tank is for health and hygiene. Bacteria from your mouth, or anyone else’s, can get into the tank from the mouthpiece. Thoroughly cleaning your tank can prevent bacteria buildup, contamination, and sickness; especially if you’ve shared vape with someone else.

As a rule, we’d recommend cleaning your device once a week to ensure the best performance and health overall; yours and the devices!

Methods of Cleaning your Tank

For most methods, you will need a shallow bowl and a toothbrush to scrub small parts with. Before you start cleaning, disassemble the tank as much as possible to access as much surface area as you can — ensuring that any area the e-liquid has been in contact with is open and available.

Here are three different cleaning methods for tanks:

  • Washing up liquid — ordinary washing up liquid works well for cleaning vaporisers. Make sure that your tank isn’t made with materials that might corrode from liquid soap before you begin this method. To clean using washing up liquid, fill a small shallow bowl with warm water and dish soap. Let your tank pieces soak for a while, and then scrub with a toothbrush. Rinse thoroughly and allow to dry before reassembling.
  • Vinegar or Baking Soda — Fill a small shallow bowl with pure vinegar (white or cleaning vinegar) OR a baking soda and water mixture. Let your tank pieces soak for approximately 20 minutes. Scrub every part with a toothbrush until clean. Rinse thoroughly and allow to dry before reassembling.
    • NOTE: when using vinegar, you will definitely want to ensure you rinse properly, as leftover vinegar in your tank will not be great.
    • Using vinegar AND baking soda is a mistake unless you want to create an exploding science experiment with your tank pieces inside.

PG Soak — Fill a shallow bowl with unflavoured PG and let your parts soak for at least 20 minutes. What will happen is the PG will attract leftover flavouring lingering on the tank parts, so you can experience a pure new flavour. When it’s done soaking, let all of your parts drip dry on a piece of kitchen roll or a clean rag. This is great for soaking up unwanted flavours and can be a quick and simple method when switching flavours. You will also want to also clean the parts with the above cleaning methods, every so often, to actually remove dirt and bacteria.

Additional tips:

  • Cotton buds — when looking to ensure all the moisture is removed from your device before reassembling, a cotton bud is perfect for sticking inside the tank and soaking up that water.
  • Excessive moisture when reassembling is bad — we understand that sometimes you want to get back to vaping as soon as possible, but when we say that you should ensure pieces are dry before reassembling, we really mean it. Excessive moisture left inside your device as you start vaping again could result in compromising the safety of your device or cause premature ageing in the components.

Need a new tank?

If you’ve tried cleaning your tank and it’s still not performing properly, consider purchasing a new tank and incorporating our cleaning tips into your weekly routine to ensure the longevity of your device. We stock a selection of tanks that will suit any need, from sub-ohm tanks to disposable tanks.

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