Electronic cigarette mouthpiece: how to wash it

How to wash an electronic cigarette mouthpiece

Published on: 26/01/2022

Do you want to know how to wash the electronic cigarette tip? Then, discover the guidelines for perfect cleaning.

We have made it clear many times how important it is to maintain and clean all the components of an electronic cigarette. In this article, however, we would like to focus on cleaning the drip tip, which is the element that comes into direct contact with the lips when vaping.

How do you clean the mouthpiece of an electronic cigarette?

Are there any special techniques?

And how often should the drip tip be cleaned?

Here are all the clarifications and tips on cleaning the e-cigarette mouthpiece.

Rinsing the drip tip under water

Why is it significant to clean the e-cigarette drip tip?

When you put an e-cigarette in your pocket, in your bag or, without thinking about it, place it on tables in public places, on the desk in your office, etc., the drip tip comes into contact with potentially contaminated surfaces.

When vaping, therefore, bringing the tip to your lips, you risk transferring a myriad of unwanted germs and bacteria to your mouth.

Have you ever thought about this?

Probably, yes. Or maybe not: many vapers underestimate the importance of hygiene of an external part such as the nozzle, concentrating more on cleaning the heating elements and atomiser of the electronic cigarette.

It must also be said that the drip tip also gets dirty on the inside. Although the drip tip allows vapourised e-cigarette liquids to pass through, it is also true that they leave behind residues along the way, which, if not washed out frequently, will eventually become encrusted (mainly if you use a long drip tip).

The result?

The vaping aromas are altered, and the vaping experience is compromised.

Ideally, you should clean the drip tip daily—but how do you do this?

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How to wash the mouthpiece of an electronic cigarette: tips and methods

In the previous paragraph, we explained how important it is to clean the drip tip often because it can become a breeding ground for germs and bacteria if it comes into contact with many surfaces.

Let’s see how to proceed.

Washing with water and detergent

The drip tip is made of washable materials and has no electrical components. Therefore, it can be washed with water.


At the end of the evening, after using the electronic cigarette all day, you can immerse the drip tip in a bowl filled with water to which you have added a drop of dishwashing liquid or simple neutral soap.

After a few minutes, you can proceed to rinse or, if you have noticed the presence of residues of vape liquid inside the nozzle, gently rub the walls with a small brush (like a toothbrush).


If you want to clean the e-cigarette tip between uses during the day, and maybe you are away from home, a simple rinse under running water will suffice.

It will prevent residues of flavours and vape liquids from accumulating in the nozzle and speed up the washing at the end of the day.

Cleaning without soap and water

During a vaper’s day, you may need to clean the e-cigarette nozzle in situations where you do not have soap and water available.

What should you do in this case?

We recommend that you buy small wipes soaked in detergent or alcohol (available in most supermarkets, pharmacies, and opticians) so that you can use them if necessary to sanitise the nozzle or remove traces of e-cigarette aromas.

Alternatively, you could use a simple paper towel with a bit of spray detergent or alcohol. By rubbing it on the drip tip, you will remove the dirt, germs, and bacteria that have settled on its surface.

clean electronic cigarette tip

What should you know before cleaning a drip tip?

The ones suggested in the previous paragraph are general cleaning methods that usually fit almost all types of e-cigarette nozzles.

Yes, we said ‘almost’ because some may be more delicate than others or may not tolerate the use of specific cleaning agents.

To make sure you don’t make a mistake, we recommend that you read the manufacturer’s instructions for your drip tip so that you don’t allow it to deteriorate too quickly or damage its appearance.

Leaving a wooden drip tip to soak for too long, for example, could be harmful (the wood could swell and/or split over time). On the other hand, using an aggressive detergent or alcohol to clean a metal drip tip could dull the surface.

So be careful!

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To conclude

As we have seen, cleaning the drip tip is significant both from a personal perspective (it avoids bringing germs and bacteria into your mouth) and in terms of the vaping experience.

Fortunately, cleaning this small e-cigarette component is straightforward, so all you need to do is arm yourself with the right products and proceed.

After this brief guide, we invite you to look at our Terpy store, where you can buy various types of liquids (tobacco, creamy, speciality and fruity liquids), flavours and base liquids for electronic cigarettes with or without nicotine.

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