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Regular cleaning is one of the best ways to get the best experience from your cannabis vaporizer. When your device is clean, you don’t get the smell and flavor of burnt cannabis. Just pure, clean vapor. 

This vaporizer maintenance guide shows you what you need to keep your device clean, how often to clean it, and step-by-step instructions on routine maintenance and deep cleaning.

Importance of Vaporizer Cleaning

No matter the cannabis smoking or vaporizing tool, a thorough cleaning ensures you can taste and feel the plant’s cannabinoids and terpenes. Cleaning everything, from the heating chamber to the mouthpiece, improves your device’s performance and longevity.

Here are a few reasons why the vaporizing cleaning process is so important:

Improved Taste

For better flavor and aroma, use a clean vaporizer. With a clean device, you don’t taste the harsh and bitter flavor of resin from the previous sessions. You also get a better vapor quality.

Better Performance

Without the resin, your cannabis oil or dry herb vaporizer can better heat the material evenly. A clean vaporizer reduces the likelihood of a clogged airway or burning resin in the heating chamber.


Taking care of your device ensures you don’t need to replace parts as often, and your device lasts you for years to come.


Smoking resin introduces more carbon byproducts, such as tar and ash, into your lungs than necessary. A clean vaporizer lets you consume fresh herb or oil, not its burned byproduct. Smoking resin can cause headaches, sore throat, and trouble breathing.

Saves Money

A longer-lasting device means less money spent on new ones and replacement parts. This is especially important since many vaporizers cost hundreds of dollars, so replacement is expensive.

Saves Time

Regularly cleaning your vape actually saves time in the long run because your device doesn’t get to the point where you need to remove the stuck-on bud, which can take hours to remove.

How Often Should I Clean a Vaporizer?

The more often you clean your device, the better. Ideally, you’d brush or wipe off the leftover material after every session, but that may not always be possible. Do your best to clean as much of the herb or oil from the heating chamber with every use.

How often you give it a deeper clean depends on how much you use your device and whether you clean it afterward with every use. Your vaporizer may need a deep clean if its performance is negatively affected.

What You Need

A complete vaporizer cleaning kit includes the following:


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  • 99% isopropyl alcohol
  • Cotton swabs
  • Cotton balls
  • Small cleaning brush or old toothbrush
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Resealable plastic bags or container
  • Alcohol wipes (optional)

Best Way to Clean Your Cannabis Vaporizer: Routine Maintenance

After every session, we recommend cleaning your device. A quick brush or wipe can dislodge a lot of the leftover debris from the bud or oil.

Most components, such as the mouthpiece, screen, and oil or herb chamber, may be cleaned with a moist paper towel or a cotton swab or ball with isopropyl alcohol.

How to Clean a Cannabis Vaporizer: Deep Clean

For a deeper clean, you’ll need to separate as many components as possible (i.e., mouthpiece, screen, cooling unit). This makes it easier to brush or wipe away any resin.

Steel and glass components can be soaked in alcohol. The longer, the better, especially for stubborn resin. A deep clean soak can be as little as 30 minutes.

Most plastics shouldn’t be soaked in isopropyl alcohol. However, some high-density polypropylene or polyethylene can be submerged in rubbing alcohol. For most plastic components, a quick wipe with a cotton swab or cotton ball soaked with alcohol can do the trick.

When cleaning wood components, avoid using isopropyl alcohol since it can warp the material. Instead, use warm water and a cotton ball, and an old toothbrush for deeper cleaning.

Some vaporizer airways can be cleaned with a pipe cleaner soaked with water or isopropyl alcohol. When cleaning the vapor path, ensure the solvent does not get into sensitive components.

Avoid sharp and pointed objects near the heating element when cleaning oil vaporizers with a heating coil. It may help if you clean it when it's warm, making it easier to remove the sticky residue.

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For best results, refer to your owner’s manual for cleaning and maintenance instructions.

After soaking the components in rubbing alcohol, rinse them thoroughly in water and let them air dry or use a paper towel. Once dry, reassemble them and enjoy your clean vaporizer.

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