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How to Clean a Nectar Collector? Step by Step Guide

05/21/2024
LOOKAH

Two nectar collectors some isopropyl and salt

Nectar Collectors, Honey Straws or Dab Straws are one of the best types of devices for dabbing when it comes to portability, discreet and convenience.

Like other smoking tools, Keeping your nectar collector clean is crucial for ensuring the best possible dabbing experience, preserving the purity of flavors, and extending the lifespan of your device.

However, Since the nectar collector is small, has a complicated shape, and features multiple parts that make it challenging to clean.

Fear not! In this comprehensive step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the process of effectively cleaning your Nectar Collector, ensuring it remains pristine, free from residue, and ready for your next session.

Understanding Nectar Collectors

the different parts of a nectar collector labled

A nectar collector is a specialized tool used for vaporizing cannabis concentrates.

It has a tube with a titanium or quartz tip that is heated by a torch or electric power, and then dipped into the cannabis concentrates.

Just about any concentrate like Wax, Shatter, Oil, Budder, Crumble, Live Resin, Rosin, and Hash all can be consumed by using a Nectar Collector at the time of dabbing.

There are various types of nectar collectors, including glass nectar collectors, which offer a pure taste, and silicone nectar collectors, which are durable and easy to clean.

In addition, Electronic nectar collectors requires no torch, use a heating coil that the touch of a button can control.

Materials Required for Cleaning a Nectar Collector

epsom salts and isopropyl alcohol

To clean your nectar collector with alcohol, you'll need a few basic supplies.

1. Isopropyl Alcohol

Commonly referred to as rubbing alcohol, this is a household product that you probably already have.

Alcohol is a powerful solvent that can easily dissolve any residual buildup, leaving your nectar collector sparkling clean.

It is recommended to use a 90% or higher IPA solution to clean glass devices. Alternatively, commercial glass cleaning solutions like Formula 420 can also be used.

2. Coarse Sea Salt

Acts as a scrubbing agent, Coarse Salt makes it easier to scrub off any residue that might be clinging to your nectar collector.

Note that Fine salt may not be abrasive enough to remove all residues.

3. Q-tips or Pipe Cleaners

Pipe cleaners will be what you use to scrub with, pipe cleaners work well with nectar collectors because they aren't as harsh as a brush which can damage your nectar collector.

If your pipe cleaner doesn't get the job done, you can use a Q-tip instead. It will allow for a bit more pressure and maybe even more control.

4. Sealable Container

If possible, use a sealable container like ziplock plastic bag for soaking. This prevents evaporation and allows for a more concentrated cleaning solution throughout the process.

5. Other Materials

Other materials include running water, and paper towels. These will come in handy after you scrub all the smut off.

Plus, sometimes your nectar collector will just need a quick rinse and not the full scrub, in these cases warm water is perfectly adequate.

How to Clean a Glass Nectar Collector? Step by Step Guide

A glass nectar collector and some isopropyl and pipe cleaners

The cleaning process for a glass honey collector doesn't differ much from how you would normally clean any glass bong or dab rig.

Here's a step-by-step how-to on cleaning your nectar collector properly:

Step 1: Disassemble Your Nectar Collector

To clean your nectar collector effectively, you need to disassemble it into its various components.

Carefully remove the mouthpiece, body tube, and titanium or quartz tip.

Take extra care when handling different parts to avoid any damage.

Step 2: Prepare the cleaning solution

Fill up your container with the Isopropyl Alcohol and add salt to it and mix well. The ratio of alcohol to salt is 2:1.

Step 3: Soak your pieces in cleaning solution

Drop the tip, mouthpiece and body of your collector inside separate resealable plastic bags and add enough isopropyl alcohol cleaning solution to completely submerge them.

Allow them to soak for about 30-60 minutes. The duration of the soak can vary, but a longer period generally results in easier cleaning afterward. Do it overnight if it’s really dirty.

Step 4: Shake Gently

Once they’ve been soaked for a good amount of time, it’s time to shake things up.

Hold on to the pieces inside the bag and shake vigorously allowing the salt to literally scrape the caked-on resin outside and inside the pieces.

Step 5: Scrub with Q-tip or pipe cleaner

After soaking, carefully remove each component from the alcohol solution.

Use cotton swabs or pipe cleaners to gently scrub away any remaining residue.

Pay close attention to hard-to-reach areas where residue might be stubbornly stuck.

Step 6: Rinse it & Let Dry

Once scrubbed, rinse each part thoroughly with water to remove any alcohol and residue left behind.

Finally, Allow the nectar collector to air dry completely on a clean towel or paper towels.

Step 7: Reassemble Your Nectar Collector

With each part now pristine and dry, follow a step-by-step guide to reassemble your device.

Take your time, ensuring a snug fit for every piece.

How to Clean a Silicone Nectar Collector?

A silicone nectar collector

Unlike glass nectar collectors, silicone ones require special care due to their material.

It’s not advisable to soak silicone in solvents like alcohol or use harsher ones like acetone since they can degrade the composition of silicone over time.

It is best you only use isopropyl alcohol when wiping down the outside surface of the silicone bong. Just don't soak it.

Fortunately, there are ideal ways of cleaning a silicone nectar collector and some more accessible aspects.

You can throw a silicone nectar collector in the freezer, and when all the residue or resin freezes, you can take it out.

Then give it a good squish and crack up all that stuff and dump it right out in the trash.

Amazing right? If you want to use soap and water, or even a dish detergent it would be okay. It's just not usually necessary.

Any special cleaning needed for Titanium Tip?

a woman using a torch to heat the nail on a glass nectar collector

Don't soak the tip in Isopropyl Alcohol if you have a titanium tip. Instead, the tip needs to be cleaned by heating.

Because titanium is a porous metal, Doing so may cause unrepairable damage, as well as leave you with an aftertaste that is not only unpleasant, but potentially unhealthy.

The most effective way to clean a titanium tip is to first heat the tip using a butane torch. While the tip is hot, gently or scrape off the residue with your dabber tool or a Q-tip.

How to Clean a Nectar Collector without rubbing alcohol?

For those seeking alternatives to isopropyl alcohol, a mixture of vinegar and baking soda can also be effective. Ensure a thorough rinse post-cleaning to avoid any aftertaste.

How often Should I Clean my Nectar Collector?

It is not so bothersome to clean your nectar collector at regular intervals.

For your own healthy and good taste of your concentrate, you should keep cleaning your nectar collector at least every 3 to 6 months to prevent mold spores and bacteria from growing.

Waiting too long in between cleaning sessions is when you have to work harder to remove all of that buildup that accumulates over time.

Conclusion

Regular cleaning prevents clogs, ensures pure flavor, and extends the life of your nectar collector.

By following these 7 Easy Steps diligently, you can ensure that any residue or buildup is thoroughly removed.

In addition, Each material has specific care requirements, so always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for the best cleaning practices.

With the right tools and techniques, you can ensure that each session is as pure and enjoyable as intended, preserving the essence of your concentrates and the integrity of your device.