Bubble bags need to be cleaned immediately after each use to keep the filtration pores clear and prevent plant residue from drying on the bags. Trying to remove stains after the bags have dried is not only difficult but requires the use of harsh substances that can compromise the integrity of the seams.
The good news is that cleaning your bubble bags is quick and easy when you do it promptly. Moreover, bubble bags that are cleaned regularly and allowed to dry completely should last for several years before they need to be replaced.
How to Clean Bubble Hash Bags
To clean bubble wash bags:
- Spray them with cold water immediately after making bubble hash to remove any trichome heads.
- Use a soft toothbrush dipped in isopropyl alcohol to gently remove tough stains. Then, rinse the bag thoroughly with water. Never soak your bubble bags in isopropyl alcohol and take care not to get any ISO alcohol on the seams as it can degrade the stitching.
- Let the bags soak in Alcojet or Alconox to sanitize them.
- Hang the bags up in a well-ventilated area and leave them to air dry completely.
- When the bags are completely dry, store them in a breathable tote bag in a cool, dry, and clean place.
Cleaning Your Wash Bags Before the First Use
When you purchase a new set of bubble bags, you'll need to wash them out to remove all of the loose fibers before running a wash cycle.
- Spray the bags with cold water from top to bottom so that any loose fibers gather in the bottom of the bag.
- Turn the bag inside out and spray with cold water to remove the fibers.
- Soak the bags in Alcojet or Alconox to fully sanitize them.
Getting Out Heavy Stains
Bubble hash wash bags that are left too long after a wash cycle could develop stains. If this is the case:
- Soak overnight in warm water with Alcojet or Alconox.
- Use a soft toothbrush to gently remove the residue with ISO alcohol (avoiding the seams).
- Rinse thoroughly with water.
- Air dry and store.
Things to Avoid When Washing Bubble Bags
There are several things that you should never do as they will compromise your wash bags:
- Don't let the bags dry without rinsing. If a small micron bubble bag is taking a long time to drain, this might be a sign that you need to use a larger micron size.
- Don't use warm or hot water for preventative measures. Warm water will likely melt the trichome cuticles, causing the resin to stick to the bags. However, if the trichomes do melt and stick, warm water with Alcojet or Alconox will help to release them.
- Don't get ISO alcohol on the seams. As mentioned previously, isopropyl alcohol will cause the seams to degrade.
- Don't wash bubble bags in a conventional washing machine. Excessive agitation will also degrade your bags.
- Don't store damp. Storing wet bags will lead to mold growth. Moldy bags should never be used to make bubble hash as mold can cause adverse health effects. They will need to be thrown away.
Look After Your Equipment and It Will Look After You
Taking the time to clean your bubble bags properly after each wash cycle ensures a smooth workflow and protects future batches from contamination with residue and mold. When you keep your wash bags clean and dry, it will also help you optimize production costs as your bags will last a lot longer.
Quality hash washing equipment, including bubble bags, should stand the test of time when used and cared for properly. Longer-lasting equipment means less need for replacement and more money in your pocket at the end of the day.