Let’s talk nectar collectors. If you already have one, then you know how great they are. They are functional and provide the nice smooth hit you always want from your dried herbs. But do you know the best way to clean one?
If you are nectar collector-curious but haven’t pulled the trigger yet, it may be because you aren’t sure how they work or how to properly maintain them.
We’ve got all the answers to help you feel confident in trying out something new and fun for your next smoke session 💨.
What Is a Nectar Collector?
If you’re not familiar with nectar collectors, let us get you up-to-speed 🏃. Nectar collectors are a type of portable dab rig. They have a vertical design similar to that of a straw. The body is composed of silicone or glass, and the tip is made from quartz or titanium.
One great benefit of a nectar collector involves its size. They are small and can be discreetly stored or transported. They can even fit in your pocket. Just remember to keep a heating source along with it.
How to Use a Nectar Collector
With a traditional dab rig, you load your concentrate greens into a nail of a dab rig and heat it. With a nectar collector, you heat the tip of it and apply it to the concentrate.
The tip is heated with a torch or other heating source 🔥 before inhaling your greens. Keep in mind that the surface the concentrate is resting on has to be able to withstand heat. The tip itself should not be placed on a surface that cannot withstand the heat.
The act of heating the concentrate causes it to melt. At this point, you can inhale similarly to the way you inhale through a drinking straw 🥤.
Cleaning Your Nectar Collector
Now that you know why nectar collectors are popular and how to use them, it’s time to talk about how to clean them. Like any other smoking devices you use to enjoy your dried herbs, maintaining a cleaning schedule proves important.
Cleaning your nectar collector will ensure smooth, powerful hits unencumbered by unwanted residue from previous smoke sessions. Cleaning also helps your equipment last longer, giving you more bang 🧨 for your buck.
The ingredients for these cleaning rituals are likely items you already have at home. If not, they are inexpensive and available at any grocery or convenience store. With the popularity of delivery services these days, you can have them at your front door 🚪 in about an hour!
The Salt and Rubbing Alcohol Method
Pour some rubbing alcohol (also called isopropyl alcohol) into a bowl and add some table salt 🧂. Stir until the ingredients are mixed together well.
Take your nectar collector apart and place each individual part into its own sealable plastic bag or container. Add some of the salt and rubbing alcohol mixture to each bag and seal them. Make sure each piece is completely submerged in the salt and alcohol mixture.
Let the parts soak for 30-60 minutes. Remove each piece from its baggie and rinse them off with tap water 💧.
Inspect each part to see if it’s been completely cleaned of any residue. For pieces that still need more cleaning, place them back in their bags and let them soak longer.
Any stubborn bits can be coaxed off by using pipe cleaners and cotton swabs. If you don’t have any pipe cleaners handy, most arts-and-craft stores carry them.
Once each part has been thoroughly rinsed and dried, reassemble your nectar collector. You are now ready for the special pleasure that comes from smoking from a device that feels as new as the day you bought it.
The Boiling Water and Dishwashing Liquid Method
Disassemble your nectar collector into its individual parts. Fill a pot 🥘 with lukewarm water and place all the parts in the pan. Place the pan on the stovetop and bring to a medium boil.
This process will help dissolve leftover residue from each part. Keep an eye on how the cleaning process is going by using tongs to remove the parts from the water and give them a visual inspection. If they need more time in the boiling water, return them to the pot.
When this first step is completed, remove the parts from the pot and dispose of the water. Give the parts and the pan about ten minutes to cool down.
Refill the pan with tap water 💧 and add some dishwashing liquid. Stir in the liquid to form a bubbly mixture.
Place the nectar collector parts back in the water, making sure they are fully submerged. Allow them to soak for several minutes.
Remove the parts from the dishwashing liquid mixture and scrub them with cotton swabs. Using these and pipe cleaners helps remove any leftover residue.
Give all the parts a final rinse, dry them, and then reassemble your nectar collector. Now you are ready to fire it up and enjoy some alone time or provide your friends with a refreshing smoke session from your newly cleaned accessory!
Wasn’t That Easy?!
See how easy that was? 😋 Whether you are new to nectar collectors or ready to shop for your first one now, you have all the information you need.
Follow these easy-to-use cleaning instructions at least every three months and you will reap the benefits.