How to clean a Dab Rig without alcohol
As avid dabbers, we know that our dab rigs can get quite dirty with regular use, even if we’re diligent about cleaning our bangers after every hit. The water in our rig can become a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi if left stagnant for too long, which is definitely not something we want to inhale or accidentally ingest. So, how can we clean our dab rigs after each use without relying on rubbing alcohol and salt? In this article, we’ll guide you through everything you need to know about cleaning your dab rig without alcohol.
Cleaning a dab rig with hot water
In order to prevent the water in our dab rigs from becoming stagnant, it’s a good idea to rinse them out with hot water between deep cleanings. Not only does this make our rigs taste fresher, but it also helps to eliminate some of the undesirable substances that can accumulate inside. Ideally, we should clean our dab rigs with hot water after every session.
Here’s how to do it:
- First, boil some water. The temperature of the water coming from our taps isn’t hot enough to kill bacteria or remove any resinous buildup, so boiling it will yield the best results.
- Once the water is boiling, place a metal sieve over the pot and position your dab rig inside at an angle, allowing steam to enter and work its magic.
- Wait for about 15 minutes, then carefully remove the rig from the sieve.
- Pour warm water into your rig, plug the holes with your fingers, and give it a good shake to dislodge any remaining resin or debris.
- If you encounter any stubborn, baked-on residue, feel free to add some rock salt at this stage to help scrape it off.
- Once your rig is looking clean, empty it and rinse it thoroughly with clean water to achieve a sparkling finish.
To sum up, you’ll need the following items to clean your rig with hot water:
- A pan
- A metal sieve
Cleaning a dab rig with baking soda and vinegar
To clean your dab rig using baking soda and vinegar, follow these steps:
- Start by filling your dab rig with vinegar. Use more vinegar than you would water when using your rig normally.
- Add about half a cup of baking soda into the rig. A funnel might come in handy to ensure the baking soda reaches the neck of your rig.
- Let the mixture soak for at least an hour or two.
- Cover the holes with your fingers and give your rig a vigorous shake to help dislodge any stubborn residue.
- If you still have some remaining buildup, use a cotton swab and a bit of baking soda to scrub those difficult areas.
- Thoroughly rinse your rig with water to remove any traces of vinegar and baking soda.
- If you’re struggling to get rid of the vinegar flavor or want to slow down bacterial growth in your rig, add a little lemon juice to the final rinse.
To sum up, you’ll need:
- 1/2 cup of baking soda
- Plenty of vinegar
- A funnel
- Cotton swabs
- Lemon juice (optional)
Alternative: using specialist glass cleaner
There are various reasons one might prefer not to use rubbing alcohol in a dab rig. While the rubbing alcohol and salt method is highly effective, it can leave an unpleasant taste behind. If you’re out of alcohol or simply don’t want to use it, the above methods or a specialist glass cleaner like Formula 420 are great alternatives. Formula 420 is an all-in-one cleaner specifically designed to tackle resin in your bong or rig. Plus, it smells fantastic and leaves a fresh, citrusy flavor behind.
Remember, regular maintenance and cleaning are essential to preserve the quality of your dabbing experience. Make it a habit to rinse your rig with hot water after each session, and deep clean it using one of the suggested methods when necessary. By doing so, you can avoid potential health hazards associated with bacteria and fungi that may grow in your rig, and you can always enjoy a fresh and satisfying dabbing session.