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Cleaning Wicks

Discussion in 'General Vaping Discussion' started by Skenzer, Oct 14, 2013.

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  1. Skenzer

    Skenzer Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 31, 2013
    West MI
    Hey everyone
    I've read a lot of threads on ECF discussing cleaning vaping equipment and have some techniques of my own I like. One thing I would like some advice on in particular is cleaning the replacement heads i.e. iClear 16, 30 etc that have exposed wicks. I'm finding it difficult to get the previous ejuice smell and flavor removed from the wicking material. I dry burn but that doesn't help clean the entire wick, just the coil area.

    How do most of you clean those types of heads? Right now, i just use boiling water and it seems to work fairly well but I can still smell, taste a bit of residue from the previous juice.

    Is 100 proof alcohol the way to go with the wicks? Or Iso? I don't like the idea of vinegar for obvious taste reasons. Or is boiling the best option to stick with?

  2. D. Waterhouse

    D. Waterhouse Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 10, 2009
    central WI USA
    I avoid using anything I wouldn't drink because no matter how well you think you've rinsed/dried something odds are you didn't do it well enough.

    I use PGA (190 proof) to clean everything, if that doesn't get it, I replace it.
  3. burtonsnowww

    burtonsnowww Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 27, 2013
    usually i get rid of the taste just leaving them in the sink overnight, than when i dry burn in morning they are great
  4. Dreaswi

    Dreaswi Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 16, 2013
    Tennessee, USA
    Plain vodka soak overnight has always worked for me

    It only takes one person to start a revolution.
  5. Sickkboy

    Sickkboy Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 19, 2012
    Bangkok, Thailand
    I did the same way as Dreaswi with dripping atomizer, soak it in vodka 1 day, the flavor all gone.
  6. pufZeppelin

    pufZeppelin Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Jul 6, 2013
    Florida, SW
    same here, dry burn works pretty good but leaves the dreaded burnt taste
    the vodka soak seem to get rid of it...
    I buy a plastic 100ml bottle of SKOL at wally world for 1.42 :D
  7. shelleyb

    shelleyb Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 1, 2013
    rockville, MD
    Someone in a group on Facebook posted yesterday to use Polident - since hubby had some I thought I'd give it a try. I soak in the polident overnight, then soaked today in just boiling water - No taste that I could tell and wonderfully clean wicks!
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