Removing Vape Juice Stains From Clothes, Teeth, Carpets…
One of the great advantages of vaping versus regular smoking is that you can enjoy your vaping experience without your clothes, carpets, drapes, furniture, and even your pets smelling like cigarette smoke! While vaping is a much cleaner experience than standard smoking, spilling vape juice can mean stains in clothes and carpeting, and some vape users might wind up with discolored or stained teeth.
The good news is that you can remove vape juice stains from fabrics and other surfaces with a few simple household cleaning products and tools. If you’ve ever spilled vape juice or are new to vaping and want to be prepared for the rare but messy spill, read on for some simple tips on how to clean vaping juice stains.
Table of Contents
- Does Vape Juice Stain At All?
- How to Get Vape Juice Stains Out of Clothing
- How to Remove Vape Stains From Upholstery and Carpeting
- Can Vaping Stain Your Teeth?
- How to Prevent Spilling Vape Juice at All
Does Vape Juice Stain At All?
Vape juice itself might temporarily discolor clothes and other fabrics, but it typically doesn’t cause permanent stains. However, some e-liquids contain a type of resin that can leave stains on fabrics as well as your teeth, similar to the stains left behind by wine or coffee.
For the best results when cleaning a vape liquid spill, address e-liquid stains as you would coffee, wine, and other such food and beverage stains. Here are some specific tips on how to do this with your clothes, carpeting, and various fabrics.
How to Get Vape Juice Stains Out of Clothing
E-liquids without resin are typically easy to remove no matter the clothing fabric. Start with a warm, wet washcloth and gently blot the stain. Avoid rubbing in a circular motion or blotting too aggressively, as this can just spread the stain or push the liquid deeper into fabric fibers.
Once you’ve blotted the stain with your washcloth, run the fabric under water. Let it dry and note if the stain has disappeared. If not, repeat this step one more time.
If the stain is still visible, it’s time to add some detergent to the cloth. Plain laundry soap won’t do the trick, as vape liquids contain what is called propylene glycol, a type of oil that is best addressed with dish detergent. Add a few drops of mild dish detergent to a fresh, wet washcloth, blot the stain again, and then rinse.
If these steps don’t get out the vape juice stain, you can use a dab of bleach on your washcloth, but remember that bleach might take out the color of your clothing fabric as well. Only use bleach on white clothes or items you don’t mind becoming faded. For other items, it’s time to take your stained clothes to a dry cleaner.
How to Remove Vape Stains From Upholstery and Carpeting
To remove vape juice stains from furniture and carpeting, start with a plain, wet washcloth, and blot the stain. As with stained clothing, be sure you don’t rub too vigorously and inadvertently push the stain into carpet fibers or upholstery fabric. Repeat this step several times as needed, using a clean washcloth each time.
If a damp washcloth doesn’t get the vape juice stain out of carpeting or furniture upholstery, try baking soda and vinegar. When mixed together, these two materials create a bubbling foam that often lifts and removes stains from fabrics without harming its fibers.
- Use only white vinegar to avoid making the stain worse.
- Saturate the stained area with the vinegar.
- Sprinkle some baking soda over the stain before the vinegar has a chance to dry.
- Allow the mixture to bubble for several minutes. You might notice the vape juice rising with the baking soda foam.
- Once the baking soda has stopped foaming, use a dry scrub brush to remove it. Don’t push the mixture back into the fibers, but brush the baking soda gently as if you were brushing something off your clothing.
- Use a vacuum cleaner hose attachment to remove any excess baking soda.
Don’t use bleach on carpet or fabric upholstery, as this will ruin its color. Also, avoid the use of laundry detergent or dish detergent on carpeting and upholstery, as these cleansers are difficult to extract thoroughly, and they may wind up attracting more dirt over time.
It’s also good to avoid running a vacuum cleaner over stained carpeting or using a fabric brush attachment for upholstery stains, as these can spread residual oils. Instead, use the vacuum hose and hold it directly over the cleaned area to extract water and cleanser and any residual e-liquid oils from the carpeting or upholstery.
How to Get Vape Juice Out of Leather
Clean oil-based vape juice stains the same way you would clean virtually any other oil stain. Start with a microfiber cloth and blot the stain as much as possible. Sprinkle talcum powder on the stain and let it sit for several hours, and then blot it with a fresh cloth.
If talcum powder doesn’t do the trick, add a squirt of dish detergent to a bowl of distilled water. Dip a clean microfiber cloth into this mixture and let it soak into the leather; then use a clean, wet towel to extract the cleanser and dab the leather dry.
For deeper stains, you can mix up a homemade cleanser with basic ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. Start with 3/8 cup of distilled water, add 1/8 cup of sea salt, 1/2 teaspoon of white flour, and 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Mix these ingredients until they form a paste.
Use a clean cloth and gently apply the paste to the stain, wiping it off the leather as you work. Repeat this process if needed.
Other homemade pastes and cleansers are also effective at cleaning oily stains from leather. Try equal parts water and white vinegar, one part white vinegar to two parts linseed oil, or equal parts lemon juice and cream of tartar. Apply any of these with a clean cloth, blotting and wiping away the stain as you go.
While suede is not the same as leather, these stain fighters can also work on suede fabrics. However, you might want to invest in a soft-bristled suede or fabric brush to restore the overall nap of the suede once cleaned.
Can Vaping Stain Your Teeth?
The tar and nicotine in cigarettes are what stain a smoker’s teeth, skin, and fingernails, but e-cigarettes don’t contain tar, and many don’t contain nicotine. Your skin and nails also don’t typically come into contact with vape liquids as they do with cigarette tobacco. Thus, your vape juice won’t leave behind the same unsightly stains on your teeth as will standard cigarettes.
However, some vapors from e-cigarettes might cause a bit of yellowing or darkening of teeth. The best way to remove these stains is to practice good oral hygiene. Of course, everyone should brush their teeth at least twice per day, but a regular vape pen user should be especially mindful of how often they brush.
Over-the-counter teeth bleaching solutions can also remove these stains, but don’t overuse these treatments or you’ll risk damaging your tooth enamel. If these solutions don’t address the discoloration or stains on your teeth, talk to your dentist about a professional tooth whitening procedure to make your teeth look white, bright, and healthy.
How to Prevent Spilling Vape Juice at All
The best way to avoid having to clean vape juice stains is to prevent those stains in the first place! Most spills happen as you fill your e-liquid container, so be sure you read all the instructions that come with your pen and follow them carefully.
It’s also good to fill the vape container over something you don’t mind getting stained, such as newspaper, paper towels, or an old rag. It’s especially useful to put something down under the container the first few times you handle vape juice, so you can get accustomed to using your new pen without worrying about spills and stains.
Store your vape juice in something that closes tightly and is easy to manage when you need to fill your pen. Invest in heavy, durable vape juice containers with an eyedropper or small funnel top; you can often find these online or at many cosmetics stores.
Avoid mishandling your vape pen or container so that you don’t crack or damage it. If you drop your pen or realize you’ve set it under something heavy, check it carefully for signs of damage before filling it again.
You’ll also want to check the rubber straps or seals that hold the vape pen tightly closed and ensure they’re always taut and in good condition. Overuse of the vape container can cause these rubber straps or seals to wear out and spill your vape juice. Replace these straps or seals – or the pen itself – once they become worn.
Remember that your vape juice merchandiser might also know how to remove vape juice stains from a variety of fabrics and surfaces, and they can tell you how to store your vape juice and accessories safely and securely. Never hesitate to ask them for tips and suggestions, as they often want to make sure that all their customers enjoy every aspect of their vaping experience!