So after i broke my latest rig in the ultrasonic cleaner, I went back to my old method of cleaning my rig and nail.
This way of cleaning for me has been so effective. I havent had to buy a banger in about 2 years. I only buy the cheapest of the cheap china quartz and this works on everything. With no tourching, no pitting, and no need to ever replace your quartz with these ultra cheap products. In a second series of this, i will show how you can take a totally chazzed banger and bring it back to like with the aid of cerium oxide. Lets just keep it to keeping our stuff clean for this first installment.
The 2 products i use to keep my stuff clean are Acetone and Dark Crystal Cleaner. I dont get paid or endorsed by any means by these companies. I just found these both work super easy with no scrubbing or no real work. Just drop it in…remove…wipe it down. Rinse with water and use. That simple. You can see how bad my rig got this week with a ton of inexperienced dabbers helped out with my move. My living room rig and banger are trashed. So, i figured it would be a cool little tutorial on “how cheap chinese quartz can last 2 years with probably over a 1/2lb dabbed out of them.”
I realized that Dark Crystal really only works on burnt oil and really takes a gang load of time to coagulate un-burnt oil which it then can be removed. It will do this. It just takes take and this cleaning can really be performed really fast if needed. Acetone does this in second and is super cheap.
So, i first place my banger in acetone just to remove the un-burnt oil which acetone just eats it away. WIthin 2 mins, i flip the bowl to the other end to remove the oil as much as i can from the bowl side of the banger. As you can see after a few mins in the acetone…most of the un-burnt oil is gone and only the caked on burnt oil is left. This is where the dark crystal cleaner works like no other product ive ever seen. I then rinse with tap water to remove the acetone before placing in the dark crystal cleaner. I pour the remaining acetone in the dab rig to clean that out now.
Now i take my banger and place it in my mason jar of recycled dark crystal cleaner. Ive been using this same jar of cleaner for about 2 years as well. I just top of the mason jar as needed and filter out the gunk on the bottom every few months. This stuff is like $13-15 on amazon and i really dont even know if the bottle i have is authentic. From all the stuff i read, the amazon stuff is bootleg but it still works perfectly and ive never had anything work like this. Its almost magic the way it removes carbon deposits from the glass. I will leave the banger in the dark crystal cleaner for anywhere from 1hr to 24 hrs depending on how messed up the bowl is.
I have doubles of all my bangers and rotate them so i really dont have a problem with keeping them in the dark crystal for a few days until i need to rotate them again. When they dont go bad and only cost $13 to begin with. its easy to have doubles and triples of all your chinese bangers. The dab rig with the acetone will just get dumped out and ran under the faucet for like 5 mins.
After i remove from the dark crystal. I just wipe off all the black charred oil with a paper towel…run it under water for a minute or two and use. The dark crystal is all natural and you can drink the stuff but i wouldnt.
You can see from the picture how well this stuff works while my rig aint perfect. It’s pretty good.