Keeping your wax/oil vaporizer pen clean is a little trickier than maintaining a dry herb vaporizer because of the sticky residue that builds up in the heating chamber, which is also called a tank. Also, when residue from concentrates make their way into the threading, it can dry there and make it difficult to unscrew the chamber from the mouthpiece.

Here we talk about the best way to clean a hand-held oil or wax vaporizer, which in turn will help ensure you inhale the purest vapors each time you use it.

1. Before disassembling your vape pen for cleaning, activate it so that the device warms, making any residue from oils, waxes, and other concentrates easier to wipe away. Once the device has warmed, separate the mouthpiece, heating chamber, and rechargeable battery.

2. Gently clean out the vape pen's heating chamber with either a dab tool (many vaporizers include one in the kit) or a Q-tip dipped in isopropyl rubbing alcohol. The sticky residue will range in color and consistency, but wiping it away in strokes moving in the same direction will help avoid just smearing it around the chamber. Continue this until no residue is visible within the heating chamber.

3. Repeat this process on the fragile heating wick/coil and the area surrounding it. If you choose to use rubbing alcohol to clean this piece, use as little as possible so you don't run the risk of any liquid seeping into the delicate circuitry. It's also important to make sure you don't scrape or put too much pressure on the heating wick/coil, as they can be easily damaged and might need to be replaced or can render your vaporizer useless, depending on the design.

4. On the threading of the heating chamber, run cotton balls (to cover more surface area) and Q-tips (to get into the grooves) dipped in rubbing alcohol over them to wipe away any residue. Keep wiping fresh swabs over the threads until they don't pick up any more residue.

5. Use either warm water or rubbing alcohol (depending on what your user's manual says is safe for the material) to clean out the rim and inner lining of the mouthpiece. Depending on the design, you may be able to run a pipe cleaner or Q-tip through the mouthpiece for a more thorough clean.

6. Wipe away any dust, particles, or residue from leaked concentrates from the female component of the rechargeable battery with a dry Q-tip or a soft cloth (some can tolerate a little rubbing alcohol to clean it, but check your user's manual first).

7. Wipe down the outside of each piece with a soft cloth doused with rubbing alcohol or a cleaning solution recommended by your user's manual. Let the pieces dry completely in a well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight, reassemble them, and you're ready to go!