How To Clean A Vape Tank

Keeping your vape tank clean is one of the best ways to make sure that your flavour remains good and that your vaping experience is as good as it can be. If you allow grime and residue to build up on the inside of your tank, you’ll find that eventually your e-juice will start to develop an unpleasant taste, and your e-cigarette’s performance will begin to deteriorate. You can rectify this by maintaining your vape tank regularly and keeping it in good condition.

Here are some of the quickest and easiest ways of cleaning a vape tank.


This is a common and simple way of keeping your vape tank clean. First, take your tank apart into as many pieces as it can break down into. You will also need to remove the O rings carefully as much of the old flavour will be trapped there. If you’re using a device that has replaceable coil heads, remove the coil head before you clean. If it’s still in reasonable condition you can re-use it, but if flavour is a problem, replacing it with a new coil head is the best idea Fill a bowl with water and microwave it for around 2 minutes while you rinse your tank parts in the sink.

Once the water is warm, take it out of the microwave and put your tank pieces into it. Allow the tank to sit in the water until it cools then rinse once more under the sink. Dry the tank carefully with a paper towel then leave to fully dry. You may use a small cleaning brush to keep your tank clean. These are available cheaply or alternatively, you can use a child’s toothbrush instead.

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Soaking In PG/VG

Should you prefer not to use tap water, you could soak the tank in PG instead. Just fill the bowl with unflavoured PG and allow your tank to soak. While you could use VG instead, this is a thicker liquid so isn’t as effective when cleaning tanks. After your tank has soaked for a while in PG, put it upright on a napkin and allow it to drip dry.

Other Rinse Agents

There are a number of other substances which you may have in your home which can be used as an alternative to PG or water.

Vinegar – its acidic properties make it great for cleaning tanks, however you need to rinse it thoroughly as otherwise its smell will linger.

Baking soda – this will get your tank sparkling clean.

Ethanol – grain alcohol is another excellent cleaning substance but don’t confuse it with Isopropyl alcohol.

Dishwashing detergent – remember to rinse well with water afterwards.

Ultrasonic Cleaners The most thorough cleaner of all is an ultrasonic cleaner. Usually used for cleaning precious metals and jewellery, vapers can also use it to clean an atomizer and in fact, some vaping companies have now started making specific vaping versions!

Change The Coil Head

If you’ve tried all of these methods and your flavour still isn’t quite right, try changing your coil head. You can either buy a fresh one or build your own. If you already use a rebuildable atomizer though, try taking the cotton out, burning off the remainder of the e-juice and then rinsing first before throwing away the coil. You can brush the coil with a toothbrush and see if it makes any difference.

There are many excellent ways of cleaning a vape tank, although some methods are easier and quicker than others. Experiment with the various methods here and see which suits your needs best.

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