How to Clean a Dab Rig

by Ruscel Tubo January 25, 2018

How to Clean a Dab Rig

We all know the basic fact as to why we need to regularly clean our Dab Rig. A constant use of it causes resin build-up all over the glass piece that restricts airflow and moreover, affecting the taste of a flavorful hit. A gunked up bowl reduces the amount of vapor you can potentially take in. Though they are easier to clean compared dry herb’s residue, a more frequent cleaning is required.

Every glass-owner must know how to effectively clean their Dab Rigs. For that reason, there has been a number of glass-cleaning solutions released out in the market. But trust me, nothing’s more efficient and powerful compared to this duo: Isopropyl Alcohol and Coarse Salt. Most established glass-cleaners are just entirely isopropyl alcohol made more expensive. Some of them are containing artificial fragrance and dyes, to give the glass that clear glow. That is why it is best to option on a safer, inexpensive and a more effective way on cleaning your dab rigs. Just take note our do’s and don’ts and you are good to go.

1. The first thing to do is to come to your realization that your Rig needs some cleaning. You can then proceed in preparing the following:

  • 91% Isopropyl Alcohol (or you can also use 70%)
  • Coarse Sea Salt
  • Hot Water
  • Paper towels
  • Q-tip

2. Once you have everything you need, start off by draining out the water from your rig.

Before proceeding with the steps, did you know that there are others who would option in collecting reburns? Also known as reclaims, vaporized concentrates condense and  return to its oil form. You can see them settle around the glass or on the water inside your rig. To recollect them, you can start by pouring hot water into the glass chamber, making the reclaims more liquid. Then pour this water into a bowl and collect the reburns with a silver spoon. The warm reclaims readily sticks on the spoon because of its cool surface. It can be set aside for a few days, to dry out any excess water and be reused on the next session. But if your water has been there for a while now smelling all foul, it is best to skip this and proceed to the next step.

3. After emptying your dab rig, pour salt into your glass chamber.

You can shake it a little to make sure you get to scatter it from the inside, coating all possible surface. Salt serves as an abrasive, that makes the process a lot easier. It also helps to pour hot water on the outside of the glass to soften the oil resin from the inside surface. That allows salt to penetrate it even more. You can then add the isopropyl alcohol until your regular waterline level or as much as you want. Adding some white vinegar can also make the solution more potent. Let it sit for 30 minutes and it shall do its magic..

4. Cover all possible openings using your paper towel before shaking your glass piece.

This will keep the salt formula in place. But be careful in doing this, either the glass will slip off your hand or you may shake it really strong, detaching some glass parts. Again, do it with extra care. You can then throw away the alcohol and other insoluble particles on your sink, toilet or trash. Just repeat step 3 and 4 until you are satisfied with the result. You can also use a q-tip or cotton swab for areas that has extra details.

5. The last step is the most important, rinsing your rig under hot running water.

Keep note that you soaked your glass on a high concentrated alcohol. Firing it with your torch later, is not a good idea. Put it under a hot running water and rinse it well until the alcohol smell is totally gone and surely your Dab Rig will be crystal clear.

We all want to keep our dab rigs good as new after every wash. More than cleaning it, maintenance is very important to make sure it stays in its best condition. Dabbing is different from smoking given that its resin is decarboxylated. They are re-condensed oil that can form a solid slime formation on your glass. And to avoid this, it is best to change your water every after session. It will, not only, save you from nasty cleaning but also ensure that none of it will ruin the flavor of your hash oils. But if it can’t be helped, you can always opt for an upgrade. Chill Waze can definitely back you up with that with our wide collection of dab rigs and nails. 

Ruscel Tubo
Ruscel Tubo