One of the most effective ways to clean an e-cigarette atomizer is using steam. If you do it right, your e-cigarette will make as much smoke as it did when it was new. Steam effectively cleans the inside of the atomizer—the coil and bottom—removing the sticky residue of e-liquid that builds every time you smoke. The residue holds back the smoke, and is unhealthy. For best results, use a portable air compressor after the steam cleaning to unclog your e-cigarette.
Equipment: Home Espresso Machine and Tweezers and Napkin
You need a home espresso machine-one that has a steam nozzle for frothing milk. If you don’t have one and like hot espresso drinks—there are good home espresso machines that go for about $100. They all have steam nozzles. To hold the atomizer under the nozzle, you’ll also need a pair of tweezers.
How to Clean
After you turn on the espresso machine, hold a cup under the steam nozzle to make sure that steam, and no hot water, is coming out into the cup. When there’s enough steam, for a minute hold the atomizer with its open side facing the steam. After the cleaning, blow on the side of atomizer that connects to the battery, over a napkin. You’ll be able to see the yellowish residue that comes out the chamber with the heating coil. Leave the atomizer with its open side down on the napkin. Let the atomizer drain and dry out overnight.
If Atomizer Doesn’t Make Smoke after Cleaning
The atomizer has to dry out after steam cleaning or it won’t work. Some people use hairdryer. But I found that the atomizer will start working after sucking on the mouthpiece repeatedly with the e-cigarette assembled. You don’t have to do it all at once—you’ll get a sore mouth. I know it sounds funny but that’s how I got my atomizer working every time after I cleaned it with steam or unclogged it with compressed air.