When you use silicone dab containers, it’s important to clean them after every use. Mold and other bacteria can grow in the moist environment of a container if you don’t take care of it. It’s also possible for mold to grow on the surface of a silicone container if it’s not cleaned properly after each use. Using common household cleaning agents is not recommended because they can cause your silicone dab containers to break down and disintegrate faster.
Luckily, there are a few things you can do to keep your silicone dab containers free from mold and bacteria while simultaneously extending their life span. Follow these tips for keeping your silicone dab containers clean and preventing mold growth.
Use Isopropyl Alcohol
One of the best methods for cleaning your silicone dab containers is to use isopropyl alcohol. Isopropyl alcohol has a low water content, so it won’t leave behind any moisture that could lead to mold. It also evaporates quickly so you don’t have to worry about it damaging your silicone dab container as it dries. With silicone’s resistance to most chemicals, you can use isopropyl alcohol to clean your silicone containers without worrying about it damaging the material.
Isopropyl alcohol is a great cleaning agent that can be used to clean all the different parts of your silicone dab containers. You can use it to clean the outside of your container, the inside of the container, and even the silicone dab tool you use to transfer your extracts. Just be careful to avoid getting isopropyl alcohol on the gold or silver plating on the dab tool.
Boiling Water And Baking Soda
You can also use boiling water and baking soda to clean your silicone dab containers. This method is great if you’re cleaning the outside of your container. First, pour a large pot of water onto a low heat. Make sure you have enough water to completely submerge your container. Once the water has come to a boil, add a few tablespoons of baking soda. Once the water has cooled down, carefully pour it into your silicone container. You’ll want to use a paper towel to prevent the baking soda from getting inside the container while it works to loosen up and dissolve any residual oils or residue left on the outside of the container. After you’ve poured out the water, let the silicone container dry. Since silicone is naturally hydrophobic, you may have trouble getting the inside of the container dry.
Shake Out The Dirt
The easiest way to clean your silicone dab containers is to simply shake them out. After each use, take a paper towel and wipe out the inside of your container. If you have a silicone dab tool, you may have to clean that as well. Be sure to dry it with a paper towel before putting it away. If you don’t want to completely clean the inside of your container, you can use the above methods to clean the outside of your container. Make sure you’ve completely dried the outside of your container before putting it away so that any dirt and grime that comes off during the cleaning process doesn’t get trapped inside.
Dry Your Container With A Drying Agent
Although silicone is naturally hydrophobic, it’s not going to dry on its own. If you’re in a rush to get your silicone dab container clean and put away, you can use a drying agent. A drying agent is a chemical that is designed to speed up the drying process by taking out water from an item that is wet. Drying agents such as silica gel can be used to quickly dry the inside of your silicone container. Simply put a few sheets of silica gel inside your container and close the lid. Your silicone dab container will be dry and clean in no time. Similarly, you can use a few paper towels to thoroughly dry the inside of your container after cleaning. Again, be sure the inside of your container is completely dry before storing it or putting it away so that any excess moisture doesn’t get trapped inside.
Silicone dab containers are a great way to store your extracts and keep them clean and organized. However, they can be prone to bacteria and mold growth if not cleaned regularly. It’s important to use the right cleaning agents when cleaning your silicone dab containers. You can use isopropyl alcohol, boiling water and baking soda, shaking out the dirt, or a drying agent to clean your silicone dab containers.