Today I will explain how to clean the JUUL.

TAKE ME TO THE GUIDE. I don’t need an intro!

Let’s face it, the JUUL is pretty great (some would even say perfect) and can quickly become one of our most frequently used devices.

With heavy use comes heavy wear and tear, and build up of some gnarly stuff.

Routine cleaning is a necessity to ensure the longevity of our JUUL batteries.

This aspect of the JUUL experience is often overlooked and that is something I hope to remedy with this in-depth guide.

So without further adieu, let’s dive in.

Why Bother?

You may be thinking: “Why waste my time cleaning the JUUL if there are no downsides to letting it get dirty?”

Well, first of all, that’s a dangerous (and GROSS) mindset to live by.

Just like anything else in life, regular cleaning is required to maintain your JUUL’s efficiency. (as well as saving you time and money long-term)

JUUL Pods leaking into the battery will be the primary reason for cleaning.

If left untreated this tendency for pods to leak can build up and cause problems ranging from simple functionality issues to the full-blown death of your JUUL.

The second reason we may need to clean our JUULs is caused by the magnetic charging port located on the bottom.

You probably don’t think about it too often, but that device you are holding (and all the metal ever created) used to be rocks.  Good ‘ol earth.

This means that many tiny particles of dust and dirt will be magnetically attracted to the JUUL’s charging port.

So every time you drop your JUUL these particles will slowly build up on the metal surface and can eventually result in difficulty when trying to recharge the battery.

“OK, OK. I GET IT.  But I still don’t know HOW to clean the JUUL!

Alright alright! let’s get into the techniques.

Cleaning the JUUL: A Step by Step Guide (With Pictures!)

Materials Required:

How to Clean the JUUL Cleaning Materials

1.) Dry Cleaning

This is usually the only cleaning I perform on my JUUL.  If done even fairly regularly (e.g. once a month) then this very well could be the only step we need to perform.

A.)  Remove JUUL Pod if present and get your Q-tips/paper towels ready.

With a Q-tip or paper towel wipe up any excess liquid that is visible in the JUUL Pod slot:

How to Clean the JUUL Q-tip Wipe

B.)  Use the narrowly pointed object to remove buildup.

Dirt, grime, and congealed JUUL juice can sometimes build up around the bottom edges of the opening where the rubber meets the outer metal body.  The narrow tool (in my case tweezers) can be used to remove this buildup.

How to Clean the JUUL tweezers

C.)  Drain the metal connection pins.

The little metal pins that attach to the JUUL Pod are spring loaded (as are the pins on the USB charger).  This ensures a consistent connection to each JUUL Pod inserted, but also produces openings while the pins are pressed in, allowing juice to flow into the internal mechanisms of the battery.

This is the primary cause of JUUL functionality issues and this may be the most important step of this entire guide.

a.)  Invert the JUUL battery, and then use a Q-tip or a paper towel tightly stuffed into the opening to compress the pins and allow any juice inside to be absorbed.

b.)  After a couple of seconds, remove the Q-tip or paper towel and see if it has absorbed any juice from the pins.

c.)  Repeat steps a. and b. above until no more juice is absorbed from the pins.

How to Clean the JUUL Drain the Pins

2.)  Alcohol Cleaning

As stated above,  this cleaning method can be OPTIONAL.  I personally have never used anything other than Q-tips and paper towels to clean my JUUL.

This cleaning method is associated with some minor risks, but using the proper technique as outlined below should avoid these problems.

I recommend this more vigorous cleaning method to those who have a large amount of solidified vape juice built up around the bottom of the JUUL opening.  In these cases the alcohol can help to break down the sticky buildup, making it easier to wipe away.

A.)  Remove JUUL Pod if present and prepare your Q-tip/paper towel and rubbing alcohol.

Soak one end of the Q-tip or one corner of the paper towel in rubbing alcohol and then squeeze out the excess, leaving the cleaning tool slightly damp.

B.)  Invert the JUUL battery and GENTLY begin cleaning AROUND the metal connection pins.

Carefully wipe around the metal pins while AVOIDING compressing them.  If the pins are not compressed then there is very little chance of alcohol leaking into the device.

Keeping the JUUL inverted during this step allows gravity to help us keep alcohol out of the internals of our battery in the case of accidentally compressing the pins.

How to Clean the JUUL alcohol cleaning

C.)  Wipe up the remaining alcohol and grime with the dry end of the Q-tip/paper towel.

Once most of the residue has been removed or softened, flip the Q-tip to the dry side or use a dry piece of paper towel to absorb and remove any remaining dirt or moisture, once again taking care to not compress the pins.

The JUUL’s pod opening should now be nice and clean.

How to Clean the JUUL clean juul

D.)  Check to see if the charging port (on the bottom) is in need of cleaning.

If the magnetic charging area on the bottom of your JUUL has built up some grime, now is the perfect chance to give it a quick cleaning.

Simply wipe the area with alcohol until dirt is loosened and then wipe up the remaining residue.

How to Clean the JUUL clean charger

3.)  Disassembly Cleaning (HIGHLY RISKY)

In extreme cases, such as the JUUL battery not charging or responding to pod insertion, the only chance we have to save our JUUL is to perform high-risk surgery; we must disassemble its main components and attempt to clean them.

Disassembly is a tedious and dangerous operation, with the potential to introduce a plethora of unforeseen side-effects and conditions to our JUULs.

I learned all about this stuff the hard way because I neglected my basic cleaning responsibilities for too long, resulting in my JUUL ceasing all functionality.

That being said, this procedure is only recommended to those who are in a similar position (and have attempted the cleaning methods above first) in which their JUUL has completely stopped working.

At this point, you have two decisions, call it and make the necessary preparations for a JUUneral, or perform the high-risk disassembly surgery.

Because this method is rarely required, I’ve decided to move this part of the guide to its own post here.

Important Reminders

I don’t want to repeat myself a million times, however, I’d like to quickly list the main points of cleaning the JUUL here one more time:

  • Dry cleaning, performed regularly, is usually all you need to keep your JUUL vaping smoothly.
  • Using rubbing alcohol for cleaning carries some SLIGHT risks in the event that it seeps into your JUUL.
  • Disassembling the JUUL is HIGHLY RISKY and only recommended as a last resort option.

There. I think you get the point.

A Clean JUUL is a Happy JUUL

Keeping your JUUL clean is one of the easiest things you can do to avoid all kinds of malfunctions.

At almost 1500 words, this is the most in-depth guide on how to clean the JUUL ever written.

So if you’ve made it this far, congrats! You now know much more about JUUL maintenance than the average user!

Have a gunk-free day of vaping dear JUULers, we’ll see you soon.

How did these cleaning techniques work out for you? Was your JUUL WAY grosser than you realized? Have any cleaning tips that we missed? Share your thoughts and experiences by leaving a comment below or in the JUUL Doc Clinic Forum!


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Venus · January 16, 2019 at 9:32 pm

Thanks so much! This was extremely helpful. People have been telling me how to clean it but I wasn’t sure and this was very detailed and informative. 🙂

    The Prof · March 19, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    You’re very welcome!

    One of my primary goals here is to provide detailed and informative guides using everything I’ve learned during my time JUULing.

    Be sure to check out my other posts if you have any issues, as there’s a good chance I’ve already written about it!

    And if you have a question I haven’t answered yet, feel free to ask it on the “Ask the Prof!” thread of The Pod Professor Class Forum!

    Be sure to share this and other posts with your friends who also JUUL and may find it useful!

    How long have you been JUULing??? 🙂

Emma · February 15, 2019 at 8:39 pm

I’m having trouble with my juul where I am having to clean it multiple times a day because the connection pins are leaving a dark residue on the bottom of my pod and isn’t allowing me to hit it. is this just built up juice? what am I doing wrong?

    The Prof · March 19, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Hi Emma! I have had this issue before as well.

    You are correct, it is indeed a LARGE build up of juice. This usually results from not cleaning your JUUL for quite a while.

    This is a severe case of buildup, and I fear your JUUL may be in critical condition.

    However, I have found one procedure that can be performed. It is risky and I’ve only attempted it once personally with mixed results.

    If your metal pins are still freely moving then it may not be as bad as mine was. I would first attempt following the Alcohol Cleaning section of this guide many times over until no more black comes out.

    If this does not work, then I recommend following my “How to Take Apart the JUUL” and “Disassembly Cleaning Guide” posts to get more up close and personal with those tiny pins.

    I’ll probably write a more in-depth guide that helps with this specific problem eventually but until then best of luck!

    Let me know if you’re able to get it working well again! I’d be curious to hear about the techniques you used!

      nash · June 30, 2019 at 3:01 pm


      my juul is charging fine, but no matter what pod i insert, my device flashes yellow 5 times. i keep trying to clean it but it wont work. my nicotine addiction is in pain.

      send help

        The Prof · July 3, 2019 at 6:05 pm

        Hmm, I’ve seen this before when a JUUL is improperly charging or there is interference with the metal pins or charging port.

        If the charging port is clean and you have thoroughly tried externally cleaning your JUUL then I would try doing a disassembly cleaning.

        If this still doesn’t work then your only other option is to request a replacement on JUUL’s website.

        Best of luck!

      Chris · August 12, 2019 at 3:23 pm

      I was having this issue as well. I just did all the steps you suggested, minus taking it apart. I’ll let you know if my JUUL lived to tell the tale.

        The Prof · August 15, 2019 at 7:53 pm

        Hey Chris!

        I hope everything went smoothly!

        Where’s your update!?

Talha · March 4, 2019 at 9:55 am


Can I clean it with acetone?


    The Prof · March 4, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Hi Talha!

    After some quick research, I would say you probably should NOT use acetone to clean your JUUL.

    Acetone can dissolve some plastics and is more likely to contain extra chemicals like scents that will leave a residue behind and could cause damage over time.

    Isopropyl alcohol evaporates quickly and completely, leaving no residue. This is why it is frequently used to clean electronics. It should be readily available at any pharmacy/department store like Walmart, is super cheap, and its a helpful cleaning chemical to have on hand for all sorts of uses!

    I hope this helps. What’s your favorite flavor Talha? 😀

      Talha · March 5, 2019 at 5:51 am


      Thanks a ton! My favourite flavours are classic and creme brulee?

        The Prof · March 5, 2019 at 4:33 pm

        Oooh, One of the rare creme brulee lovers! 😉
        I’m a mango boy myself. I think the classic tobacco was a great addition to the lineup!

    Fang · July 7, 2019 at 1:23 am

    Dental cleaners are perfect Juul cleaners- for corners, cheap and disposable.

      The Prof · July 17, 2019 at 4:44 pm

      Hmm, what kind of dental cleaners are you referring to? And what part of the JUUL do you clean them with?

      Just curious so I can potentially add them to the guide!

Logan · May 17, 2019 at 12:19 am

Can i clean my juul with glasses cleaner from Walmart?

    The Prof · May 17, 2019 at 1:50 pm


    I cannot give a definite answer as I do not know what ingredients are in your specific glasses cleaner solution. If they are primarily isopropyl alcohol, then you may be alright, although most glasses cleaners contain other chemicals that may harm your JUUL.

    If you want to be sure, google ” Is (insert ingredient) safe to clean electronics with?” If the answer is yes for each ingredient, then you should be fine. However, I still recommend just using isopropyl, or rubbing, alcohol. It is by far the safest to use and is very inexpensive.

    Best of luck!

Paula hess · June 29, 2019 at 10:35 am

If your unquie juul pod has leaked all in the chamber how do you clean it or is it broken?

    The Prof · June 30, 2019 at 1:13 pm


    All hope may not be lost, I recommend following my disassembly cleaning guide to see if anything can be done.

    If nothing works out or you don’t feel like going through the hassle you can always just request a replacement through JUUL’s website.

    Best of luck!

Smoke shop Rock Hill SC · July 16, 2019 at 7:36 am

Well during cleaning of juul there are lots of basic things you will be needed as first of all you will be needed ear bud to clean its inner part area where anything doesn’t enter and in it ear bud is very much helpful to clean its surroundings more you will be needed alcohol solution to clean its instrument.

Angel · November 19, 2019 at 12:16 am

I realize the post is a little old.. just wanted to say THANK YOU! I thought my JUUL was going to have to be replaced but I didn’t know the little pins were letting juice in and it completely saved my JUUL!! Thank again!

    The Prof · January 13, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    You’re welcome!

    If you want to try a vape that’s much less of a hassle, I recommend checking out my SMOK Novo Review. It’s my favorite vape by far, and solves many of the JUUL’s shortcomings!

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