The Best Way to Clean Your Ash Catcher (2021)
What’s up Cloud 9 Gang! It seems like we’ve taught you all you need to know about cleaning glass water pipes, dab rigs, bubblers, hand pipes, and other important glass pieces we use while we toke. However, it’s pretty obvious that we’re missing one crucial dry herb accessory that’s crucial to clean regularly: ash catchers!
If you’re unsure how to clean or care for your ash catcher, we’ve got you covered with the best way to clean your ash catcher as of 2021. Let’s boogie into it, homie!
What is an Ash Catcher?
Before we cover how to care for your ash catcher, you need to know how ash catchers work to have an understanding of their functionality, as well as how to clean them. An ash catcher is an accessory for your water pipe that traps fallen ash particles, resin, unused dry herb, and other byproducts that come as a result of burning and consuming dry herb. Ash catchers work to keep all of these byproducts out of the water inside your water pipe so you can enjoy a clean, smooth smoke sesh!
When you use an ash catcher, the smoke will travel through the ash catcher first, allowing any debris to fall to the bottom of the ash catcher before it ends up in your water pipe, and eventually your lungs. Some ash catchers contain percolators for additional filtration and diffusion to make smoking from your water pipe easier on the inhale and better in flavor.
How Do Ash Catchers Work?
Depending on the style of ash catcher you have, the functionality of the ash catcher can vary slightly. Dry ash catchers are the most traditional, classic style of ash catcher and work solely for trapping ash. It’s pretty simple to understand after you watch someone smoke with an ash catcher, as well.
When you suck into the mouthpiece of your water pipe after lighting your dry herb, you’re creating a vacuum inside of your water pipe. This applies to your ash catcher as well, so as you inhale the vacuum created will power off the suction to allow the heavier particles (such as ash, resin, etc.) to drop to the bottom of your ash catcher. That way, the ash can’t make its way inside your water pipe.
On the other hand, percolator ash catchers work a little differently than dry ash catchers, because these ash catchers contain a percolator. As you know, percolators work to diffuse and filter our smoke to a more smooth consistency that isn’t as harsh on our throat and lungs. With percolator ash catchers, you’ll have to fill the base of the ash catcher with water for it to function properly, which may be somewhat of a drag. However, having a percolator ash catcher allows you to have smooth smoke and cleaner smoke sesh overall!
Now that you know what an ash catcher is and how an ash catcher functions, it’s safe to say that you definitely need an ash catcher for your smoking experience.
What Do I Need to Clean an Ash Catcher?
To clean your ash catcher, you’ll need a few products that are absolutely a must-have when cleaning and caring for any glass products.
What you’ll need to clean your ash catcher
- Glass cleaning solution
- Ziploc bag
- Hot water
- Glob Mops
How to Clean Your Ash Catcher
- Take your ash catcher, remove it from your water pipe, and rinse it under hot running water.
- Let your ash catcher soak in hot water for 5 to 10 minutes to loosen any resin, ash, or other goopy byproducts inside of your ash catcher.
- Rinse your ash catcher in hot water again.
- Place your ash catcher inside a Ziploc bag, and pour your glass cleaning solution inside of your ash catcher’s joint.
- Make sure that there’s enough cleaning solution inside your ash catcher (all percolator holes/slits should be submerged in the cleaning solution, dry ash catchers should be filled at a minimum of ½” full of cleaning solution).
- Seal your Ziploc bag and shake your ash catcher (by holding the joint or body of the ash catcher) to allow the abrasive particles of the cleaning solution to remove resin and ash.
- Soak your ash catcher in the cleaning solution for 15 to 20 minutes.
- After you’ve let your ash catcher soak, give it a few final shakes, and then remove your ash catcher from the Ziploc bag.
- Rinse your ash catcher with hot running water to waste out the dirty cleaning solution.
- Look over your ash catcher. Is it still dirty in some places? Did the cleaning solution miss part of your ash catcher?
- If your ash catcher doesn’t look up to par after the first round of cleaning, feel free to repeat the process until your ash catcher looks fresh off the shelves!
- To help you clean any stubborn, hard to reach areas, take a Glob Mop soaked in your cleaning solution to remove leftover byproducts and debris.
- Give your ash catcher a final rinse in hot water, and let it air dry.
- Voila! You have a clean ash catcher.
The Best Way to Clean Your Ash Catcher - Now You Know!
- Now that you have a complete guide on the best way to clean your ash catcher, what’s stopping you from making all of your glass ash catchers look like they’ve come right off the shelf? Trust us, having clean ash catchers and glass accessories will make your smoking experience all the better. Plus, if you’re smoking with others, clean glass is always the best first impression during a sesh. We cannot wait to see your clean ash catchers!