As outlined in this article –
How To Take Apart and Clean the Volcano Vaporizer – Photo Illustrated – I’m a fan of using isopropyl rubbing alcohol and sea salt for cleaning my Volcano. I had no complaints about the process and thought it was pretty effective. Well they say necessity is the mother of invention…
As I prepared for cleaning last night, I realized I was without any heavy duty zip loc bags : ( I went for the recycling bin to see what I could find. A large wide mouth pasta sauce jar caught my eye. All the parts fit in easily and filled it about a third of the way. Hmmm, this could work!
After adding the alcohol and salt I sealed it well. Using a rolling motion I was able to get a tumble action going, and watch the salt and alcohol do all the work. Everything cleaned up faster than I’ve ever seen. I loosened the cap, turned over the jar, and strained out the alcohol, keeping the parts inside. Added hot water for a rinse, tumbled and swirled some more. Dumped the first rinse and repeated 2 more times.
Dried and re-assembled, cleanest Volcano ever – in 3 minutes or less. My theory is the increased room allows the cleaning solution to get more movement and scrub more vigorously with the salt.
Next time, I’ll look for a mayonnaise jar since they’re plastic, which might be a little gentler and less noisy. I also think they seal better. Plastic jars are quiet, but may not hold up to the alcohol. I’ll stick to glass jars. I recommend a heavy duty mason jar reserved for this purpose. You can save the alcohol and get several cleanings out of it. If you’re worried about glass breaking while you agitate, wrap in a plastic shopping bag first.
Tip: if you can’t find the washer for the plunger screen… it’s probably stuck to the inside of the jar in a drop of residual water.