How to Clean Your Dabbing Accessories

Avoid the buildup of bacteria and resin by making sure your dabbing accessories are cleaned regularly.

While dabbing seems like a fairly new concept to most people, it has actually been around for decades. Starting around the 70’s, it lost popularity for a while, but with the resurgence of the cannabis debate has made a reappearance. 

With that comes various instruments that are used to consume cannabis, such as a dab rig. That makes not only learning how to use the equipment properly important but also how to clean a dab rig.

Why Is It Important to Clean Your Dab Rig?

Developing a good cleaning routine is something that should be developed as soon as a dab rig is purchased. With the panic of the pandemic, people are hyper-aware of how germs can be passed from person to person. For the health and safety of everyone it is essential that you perform and share how to clean a dab rig.

Not to mention, no one is going to want to split a dab on a dirty rig. It would be like handing someone a drink in a dirty cup. You may choose to clean it often for your personal use, but if you are going to share, clean the rig.

What You’ll Need to Clean Your Dab Rig?

The easiest way to keep a dab rig and its accessories in pristine condition is to clean them after every use.

While items such as the cotton swabs or the sea salt can be optional, it is best to have them on hand.

  • 70% Isopropyl Alcohol (or higher)
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Cotton swabs
  • One large sealable plastic bag or container

And last but not least:

  • rig and nail

Cleaning Your Dabbing Tools Step-by-Step

Soaking your dabbing tools in Kryptonite is an effective way to clean without consuming a lot of time.

As mentioned before, cleaning the rig is important. If after the first wash it is not as clean as you would like, repeat the steps.

  • Heat Nail with Torch
  • Soak Nail
  • Remove Water
  • Add Alcohol
  • Cover Openings
  • Shake
  • Rinse

Don’t Overheat Your Dab

This is bound to happen to everyone at some point during their dabbing journey. However, overheating your dab can ruin the experience. 

It only takes one time of burning yourself, to understand why low-temp dabbing is preferable.

There have been studies that suggest that high- temp hits could be a danger to your health in the future.

Use Isopropyl Alcohol as Needed

Alcohol of at least 70% can be used to clean the quartz banger or nail. Even after torching the dab nail, it may still need additional cleaning. 

The dab rig can be soaked in a plastic container or large resealable plastic bag.

If after soaking the first time, the rig is not clean enough, repeat this step.

Shake the Dab

Using properly fitting stoppers or your hands to close the opening shake the dab rig slightly. 

If this does not reclaim buildup, dump the water and refill. Add coarse sea salt and shake again until the reclaim is dissolved.


Once clean, rinse the dab rig with warm water to wash away any residual salt and reclaim.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How often should a dab rig be cleaned?

A: It should be cleaned after every dab

Q: Can a dab be shared?

A: Of course! The more the merrier

Q: Are dab rigs expensive?

A: Yes and no. You can find a great rig at pretty much any price point. You can even buy used.

Q: Can I purchase more than one rig?

A: Absolutely, dab rigs are practically like t-shirts. You can find them in all sizes with and without designs. Start a collection to show off your personality.

Q: Should I wash the rig before the first use?

A: Yes, just as you would wash a cup you just purchased. Follow the steps above.


Creating a great dabbing experience starts with ensuring the rig is as clean as possible. Cleaning the rig between uses ensures that every dab is as flavorful as the first time you used it. Consequently, not doing so degrades the dab and ruins the experience.

A dirty rig not only damages the rig itself, but can and will spread germs. Not to mention, it is a little hard to show off your rig collection if it’s dirty. 

Once you learn how to clean your rig properly, share the knowledge with your friends. There is nothing quite like having a rig cleaning party and then a great dab afterwards.

Equally as important as keeping it clean, is being careful not to overheat the nail. The last thing you want is to drop your beautiful rig if you burn yourself.