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Ultimate Guide to Cleaning Your Rolling Tray

by MATCHBOX BROS Aug 24 2023

In today's fast-paced world, it's easy to overlook the simple things that can make a big difference, like the state of your rolling tray. Though often left in the background, the cleanliness of this tool can have a significant impact on your experience and overall well-being. To learn more about rolling trays, read our Rolling Trays: Everything You Need to Know article.

Now it’s time to grab your cleaning supplies because MatchBox Bros has a step-by-step guide on maintaining your tray in pristine condition, ensuring that every roll is a happy one. 

Rolling Trays

Why Tray Maintenance Matters

We all love the convenience of a rolling tray. But ignoring its cleanliness can be a big mistake. Rolling tray maintenance might seem like a trivial task, but its importance goes beyond aesthetics. A clean tray ensures better hygiene and a more enjoyable experience.

  • Hygiene: A dirty tray can become a breeding ground for bacteria and germs. A clean tray ensures you're not exposing yourself or others to unnecessary health risks.
  • Improved Experience: A sticky or grimy tray can interfere with your activity, making it more cumbersome and less enjoyable (and that’s the last thing we want!).
  • Longevity: Dirt and grime can degrade the material, whether a wood, metal, or plastic rolling tray, over time. Proper maintenance ensures that you won't have to replace it as often, saving you money in the long run.
  • Odor Control: Leftover particles and residue can emit odors if not cleaned regularly. These smells can be off-putting and can even affect the flavor or scent of whatever you're rolling or holding on the tray.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: A clean tray is more inviting and pleasant to use. If you're using it socially, a well-maintained tray sets a good impression and shows that you care about cleanliness and quality.

Ultimately, the goal is to give you peace of mind. Knowing that your tray is clean adds a subtle layer of peace of mind to your activities. This might take time to notice, but it certainly adds to the overall quality of your experience. 

How to Clean Your Rolling Tray

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

First off, gather your cleaning essentials. You'll need:

  • Warm water
  • Dish soap
  • A soft cloth
  • A toothbrush
  • Rubbing alcohol

Alternatively, if you have a glass or metal rolling tray, check out our Orange Chronic Cleaner for a more convenient and fast clean. It’s perfect for pipe cleaning AND rolling trays! 

Step 2: Initial Cleanup

Before diving into deep cleaning, remove any loose debris from your tray. Use a tissue or a soft cloth to do this. Wipe away any leftover crumbs and particles.

Step 3: Soapy Water Treatment

Fill a basin with warm water and add a few drops of dish soap. Submerge your tray and let it soak for about 10 minutes. This loosens grime and any stubborn residue.

Step 4: Scrub Away

After soaking, use a toothbrush to scrub the tray. Focus on corners and any crevices where grime tends to accumulate. Gently scrub until all debris is gone.

Step 5: Rinse and Inspect

Drain the soapy water and rinse your tray with clean water. Make sure all soap suds are gone. Inspect your tray. If it’s clean to your satisfaction, proceed to the next step.

Step 6: Disinfect with Alcohol

For a finishing touch, use rubbing alcohol. Dampen a cloth with alcohol and wipe down the tray. This will disinfect and remove any lingering odors.

For extra help removing odors, try the Scent Bomb Concentrated Air Freshener, especially great for cars and small spaces.

Step 7: Dry and Store

Finally, thoroughly dry your tray using a soft cloth or paper towel. Once dry, store it in a cool, dry place until its next use.

Regular Upkeep Tips

Consistency is key for maintaining a spotless tray. Here are some tips for regular upkeep:

  • Wipe your tray after every use.
  • Perform deep cleaning at least once a month.
  • Store your tray in a clean, dry place.

Taking time to clean your rolling tray is not just about aesthetics. It’s about enhancing your experience. From ensuring a hygienic environment to improving your overall experience, a clean tray is an underrated but essential aspect of your smoking routine. The steps are simple, and the supplies needed are most likely already in your home, so there's no excuse to postpone this routine any longer. Implementing regular upkeep practices not only lengthens the life of your tray but also enriches whatever activity you use it for. So remember, a little maintenance can go a long way in making your rolling experiences cleaner, safer, and more enjoyable. 

Happy rolling!


If you are searching for a rolling tray, check out MatchBox Bros range of aesthetic rolling trays. 

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