How to Clean a Clearomizer | A Complete Guide

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Poor vapor production. Burnt taste. Flavor ghosting. These are some of the side effects we have to deal with after using our favorite clearomizer for 2 weeks straight. The next step for many people is to toss out that clearo and run to Mt Baker Vapor to order a brand new batch.

Instead, you can clean your clearomizer and extend it’s life by weeks! In this guide, we will cover exactly how to clean a clearomizer with a step by step process, from rinsing your tank to dry burning your coil. Let’s get started!

How to Clean Your Clearomizer

When cleaning your clearomizer, it’s important to get rid of any excess e juice and gunk stuck in and around the tank. Remove the bottom (or top, depending on your model) of the clearomizer, just as you would if you were refilling it with some juice. Fill up your tank about half way with luke warm water. Now place your thumb over the opening, and shake it vigorously. Do this for a few seconds, then dump the water out. You’ll notice the water will look a little dirty.

Refill and shake the tank 4 or 5 times, or until the water coming out is clear and clean. This step is particularly important if you are experiencing flavor ghosting, where you taste the previous flavors after refilling with a new juice flavor. In cases where flavor ghosting is really bad, try cleaning your tank with alcohol or lemon juice. Using a brush to scrub the insides of the clearomizer can help to. Here are some insanely useful little brushes just for that.


Take your clearomizer apart to rinse with water

Now that we have the clearomizer tank rinsed and clean, it’s time to dry it off as much as possible. Try blowing into the tank to get all of the water and condensation out. It isn’t necessary to let the clearomizers air dry, although it does help shorten the next step. Once you have your clearomizer clean and dried, reassemble it (keep the drip tip off for now) and place it on your favorite APV.

Our next step is to clean the coil(s) on the atomizer. A coil naturally builds up a layer of gunk when you vape, and cleaning it can help rejuvenate the flavor and vapor clouds. To clean the coil, we will use a technique called the dry burn.

Dry Burn Your Clearomizer

Dry burning your clearomizer is a fairly easy process. Simply heat your coil in quick 2 to 3 second bursts until you can physically see your coils glowing orange. Depending on how dry you got your clearomizer previously, this could take a minute or two.
While you are dry burning, you’ll see vapor forming from the gunk on the coil sizzling away. Go ahead and blow this away. However, be very careful not to blow into the clearomizer and onto the coil while you are heating it. This could cause the coil to pop and break.

After a minute, you should start seeing your coils glow a bright orange. This means all the gunk is burn off and you’re good to go! Let the coil cool down and give it one last blow to clear out any last bits, and you’re ready to fill it up and start vaping! The first 5 to 10 hits might be  little funky, but after a few pulls, your clearomizer will return to it’s old form.

If you are more of a visual learner, check out this youtube video on how to clean a clearomizer. The dry burning process at the 4:25 mark is a good example of how to properly dry burn. Notice you have to heat the coil quite a few times to get it completely cleared off.

Now, all good things must come to the end, but cleaning your clearomizer can extend it’s life by a few weeks, if not a bit more. Of course, if you get the itch to get a new clearomizer, check out our sortable comparison chart of the best clearomizers to find the best clearo for you!

Now that your clearomizer is squeaky clean, bust out your favorite e juice and start vaping!

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Share Your Thoughts

If you found this article helpful or have another technique you use to clean your clearomizer, I’d love to here from you in the comments below.

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16 thoughts on “How to Clean a Clearomizer | A Complete Guide

  1. Kiel

    this is more of a how to clean a coil not the clearomizer itself. I have the on of the CE4 clearomizers and the spot underneath the coil has build up and i need to learn how to clean that out cause it is mixing flavors.

    1. TJ Post author

      Try to mix in a little bit of baking soda with the water when shaking the clearo. That can help break up the gunk a bit more!

  2. L.Rokke

    New to vaping and this will be very helpful. I’m disabled so can’t always toss stiff and re-buy when a little soap and water will do. THANKS again!

  3. Billy Love

    Thanks for the how to clean I work on the Mississippi riverand can’t just toss out the old clearo and run the store to buy a new one .
    I purchased a vapor 123 eGo-T starter set a week ago and have not even wanted a real cigarette thanks again

  4. shelly

    Marvellous info, I just got my clearomizer out of the bin and cleaned it. Why though, 10 mins later was it full of fluid ?? was that the water that had soaked in, coming out ??

    1. TJ Post author

      Thanks for the comment Shelly. It sounds like there may still have been some water in the clearomizer. Try to make sure it is completely dry if you can. I like to take it apart (as much you can, each clearo is different) and set it in front of my fan for awhile. Let me know if you figure it out!

  5. Donna

    Thanks so very much!! I was getting discouraged! I discovered that I enjoy vapung MUCH MORE than smoking a cigarette! YAY ME! :-)

  6. Becky

    Ok, I’ve just cleaned and tried to dryburn my NUCIG clearomzer….and it’s stopped working!! Followed your instructions, could hear it heating initially but then …nothing :(


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