Does Vape Juice Expire?
Most vape juices will have a manufactured date and an expiration date printed on the label somewhere. There will be a date alongside the phrase “expired by,” “use by,” or “best before.”
Vape juice is “shelf-stable” which means that it is less likely to react with its environment than other consumables like milk and eggs. The three most important components of vape juice are nicotine, VG, and PG which all can be expected to last between one to two years if stored properly.
Something to keep in mind is that the flavor of the vape juice can also be a cause of decay. For example, fruity and floral flavors will generally lose their potency faster than dessert flavors will.
Since expiration dates are just an estimation of when the contents will go bad, it is ultimately up to you the consumer to decide if your vape juice has deteriorated.
How to Know if Your Vape Juice is Expired:
- Dissociation - vape juices are created with a variety of components like VG and PG liquid for example. A little bit of separation is normal and to be expected which is why many companies add the phrase “Shake Well” on their bottles. But a good way to know if your vape juice is aging is if it will not mix no matter how much you shake it.
- Color Alteration - vape juices darken over time, especially those with nicotine. This is completely normal. However, if your vape juice starts turning colors besides yellow or brown that is a big problem. These discolored vape juices should be avoided at all costs.
- Scent and Flavor - vape juices that are fresh will smell and taste good. However, as these vape juices begin to degrade, their smell and taste will also change or cheapen. A good way to test this is by tasting your vape juice, if it tastes nothing like it did originally it is probably time to get your hands on some new juice.
- Viscosity - if your vape juice has become super thick or runnier than it originally was, chances are this vape juice has gone bad. Vape juice of these described consistencies could damage your coils and tank!
- Nicotine Configuration - nicotine degrades over time; therefore, the nicotine content of a vape juice will deteriorate. If you find that your vape juice is not satisfying your nicotine cravings, it could be that your vape juice has expired.
How to Keep Your Vape Juice From Expiring:
- Keep it in a dark, dry, and cool place away from sunlight, moisture, and heat
- Avoid leaving your vape juice on the window sill or in your car
- Don’t shake the bottles too much
- Only open the bottles once you are ready to use them
- Another option is to transfer your vape juice into an airtight tinted glass bottle
How To Dispose of Expired Vape Juice:
- Avoid pouring your vape juice down the drain since it can end up in a watershed, potentially damaging our water supply
- Resist the urge to dump it into your garbage can because children or animals digging through your trash could be seriously harmed if they were to ingest a large amount
- Some people suggest dumping out your vape juice into a resealable bag of kitty litter, which will absorb it quickly and keep children and animals safe from harm
- If you garden, you might know that plant-eating insects detest nicotine. You can pour your expired vape juice into a spray bottle, fill it with water, mix, and spray the solution over your plants to keep bugs away