Vaping and Coronavirus

Friday 10th April 2020

A guide to keeping your e-cig device protected against COVID-19.

With news daily of more people contracting Coronavirus (COVID-19), it’s no wonder that people are concerned about their health and their family’s.

At Vape Sales UK, we’re here to help put your mind at ease with some simple tips on how to keep your vaping device clean and to prevent the spread of the virus.

What can I do to prevent getting Coronavirus?

Wash your hands often

As you’ve probably already seen, wash your hands often with soap and for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use a hand sanitiser that is at least 60% alcohol-based to kill any bacteria.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

This goes without saying again but as vaping commonly means you interacting with your face, you may want to be extra careful and ensure your device is clean before doing so.

Clean AND disinfect your device

As previously mentioned, you must keep your e-cigarette as clean as you can so that means not only cleaning it but disinfecting it. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) recommends doing both processes to ensure maximum germ prevention as cleaning only removes germs from the vape, whereas disinfecting kills them. Find out more about setup and device care.

Do not share vapes

This is extremely important. Coronavirus is predominantly spread through droplets or saliva from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so if someone close to you has the virus without knowing and uses your vape, you will also contract it. That goes for partners, best friends and family – minimise the risk of spreading by keeping it to yourself.

Vape away from others

One question that’s been popping up, ‘can COVID-19 be spread through second-hand smoke or vapour?’. Currently, there is no definitive answer to this question, due to the lack of scientific research. However, for peace of mind, it may be a good idea to keep your distance from others while vaping or smoking to ensure maximum prevention.

 

Why should I clean AND disinfect my device?

Overtime, germs build up on your device through residue, coil gunk and dust within the tank. With the constant cycle of air through the airflow, into the coils and through the mouthpiece, it’s very easy for food particles to also get sucked into your device. These particles tend to sit within the space beneath the tank or in the coil. 

Now with the pandemic of Coronavirus, it is even more important to take precautions and to protect yourself. As previously mentioned, by cleaning and disinfecting your vaping device, you are maximising germ prevention and helping to #stopthespread of COVID-19. 

Cleaning lowers the numbers of germs on surfaces, including dirt and impurities. It does not kill germs but lowers the risk of spreading infection. 

Disinfecting does kill germs on a surface after cleaning and can further the lowering of risk of spreading infection. The chemicals in disinfectant do not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, this is why it is vital to disinfect after cleaning. 

Please note, disinfectant when ingested is toxic so DO NOT use household products. 

Instead, look at natural alternatives that are not harmful to you, such as a vinegar solution made up of:

  • Baking soda
  • Lemon juice
  • White vinegar

 

How do I make natural disinfectant?

What you’ll need:

  • A large clean bowl
  • Cup
  • Tablespoon
  • Access to hot water
  • White vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda
  • Essential oil of your choice
  • Spray bottle (optional)

To start with, pour 4 cups of hot water to your bowl and then add a ¼ cup of white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. 

Mix until the baking soda is dissolved. Cut a lemon in half and squeeze both halves into the solution. Drop both rinds of the lemon into the solution and leave it to cool. 

Once the solution has cooled, add 4 drops of your essential oil. Strain the mixture with a fine sieve to ensure you remove any leftover pulp or seeds from the lemon rinds.

You can then either add your mixture to a spray bottle or dip your cloth in and get disinfecting your device! 

 

Deep cleaning my device

Firstly you need to disassemble your device. 

There are three main components to think about: tank, coil and mod.  

Vape tank – deep cleaning process

Let’s face it, swapping and changing flavours is fun and a great way to keep vaping exciting. A full cleaning of the tank will avoid mixing flavours, which can sometimes leave a horrible taste in your mouth (we’ve all been there). 

First of all, fill a bowl with warm water with a little bit of soap and make sure the mod and tank are detached. Dispose of any liquid that may be left in the tank and finish disassembling each of the tank components. Place all of the vape tank parts in the warm soapy water (not the coil) and leave for a minute to soak. 

Then, proceed with cleaning the tank.

A good tool to use is a toothbrush, to get into all of the nooks and crannies that can be difficult with just your hand. 

Once you have finished the cleaning process, move onto using your homemade disinfectant. Either soak or spray your tank in the disinfectant and use a separate toothbrush, completing the same process as above. 

Once you are happy that it’s clean, rinse off the tank to remove the disinfectant and dry using paper towels. Avoid using tissue as this may leave small fibres on the connecting components. 

Leave to air dry for 10-15 minutes.

The coil / atomiser – replace

When it comes to the coil, the best thing to do is replace it. If you try to wet the cotton it’ll burn out and will be unusable upon firing up. As you may know, the more you vape, the more you need to change your coil. This is essential for keeping your device and the flavour performing at its best. 

Not to worry! We have a vast range of replacement atomisers and mesh coils for you to stock up on. 

Signs that it’s time to change the coil: 

  • Your vape or e-cig leaves a burnt taste in your mouth
  • Your device is leaking
  • Your coil is dark, crusted or looks damaged

Vape mod – deep cleaning process

Cleaning your mod can be tricky as this is what houses the battery. First of all, don’t put the device into a bowl of warm soapy water as this will damage the electrics and could cause harm to yourself. 

We’d suggest getting an unused cotton bud or toothbrush and dipping it into warm soapy water. Then lightly wipe the mod, looking for any crystalised vape juice or residue. As meticulous and mundane as this is, spend some time working around the part to ensure you haven’t missed anything. Once your cotton bud is dirty, replace with a new one and repeat until you feel you’ve fully covered it. 

Now using your homemade disinfectant, repeat the process using your designated disinfectant toothbrush or a new cotton bud. 

Finally, repeat the cleaning process lightly to remove any disinfectant from the mod to stop it from smelling. 

Once all of your device elements are fully air dried, you’re ready to re-assemble and enjoy the benefits of a fully functioning vape.

Summary

In conclusion, it is important to keep your device clean to prevent germs building up. There are many simple ways to do this and by creating your own disinfectant, you’re using completely organic materials on your e-cig which work just as well as household cleaners but are not toxic. 

If you’re a heavy vaper, you will need to change the coil much more often to ensure that you get the best flavour and performance. When cleaning your device, a good tool to use is an unused toothbrush so that you can reach into those areas that are difficult to clean. Also, when it comes to the mod, don’t soak it like the tank as this holds the battery! 

Finally, cleaning something removes germs but does not kill them so disinfect after you clean to ensure maximum germ spreading prevention. Now your vape should be working perfectly… enjoy!

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