How to clean a glass pipe?

How to clean a glass pipe?

If you love spending quality time with friends and you get the best smoking experience from a glass pipe/bowl, it’s also important that you know the ways that this equipment can be cleaned. Pipes are now a favorite for cannabis connoisseurs. There is no doubt that smoke seems to taste a bit cleaner and more crisp in these tools. Apart from just being hand-blown, they are also beautiful as art in their own right and take you to places you have never been. Here is a look at ways to wash a glass pipe/bowl.

Cleaning your glass pipe - equipment needed

If you are the unorganized type who spends all of his money on weed, you can go for the household items that will help you clean your weed pipe. A lot of smokers use their lighters or a match to scrape off the caked material in the glass. A bobby pin can actually work for the ladies who want to improvise. If you don’t have that, hopefully you will have some paper clips, a key, a pocket knife or a lock pick.

If you are the organized stoner, you will have to collect all of the professional tools. For smokers looking for a fancier way to clean resin out of a glass pipe, you can consider a number of tools available at headshops, specifically designed for pipe cleaning (including actual pipe cleaners). These tools are specifically made for cleaning pipes which means you will never scratch your beloved pipe.

Cleaning the glass pipe

Most stoners don’t like scraping out the caked on marijuana resin that sticks to the pipes. If you are one of them, you shouldn’t use pokey things. You can wash and rinse it with alcohol and salt or with boiling water.

Step 1: Using alcohol with salt

When using rubbing alcohol, you first have to get rid of any gunk from the equipment. You can use a pipe cleaner, cotton swab, pencil or any thin object. Once that’s out, fill a plastic resealable bag with rubbing alcohol and place your equipment inside. Make sure it is fully submerged in the fluid. Alcohol normally breaks down tar and resin.

Add 1 tablespoon of salt to the bag. Salt is essential since it acts as an abrasive sponge. It scrubs away the resin in places poking could never reach. You should shake the pipe in the bag and make sure the salt works its way into the inside of the bowl. You can also get the salt in and close off the openings to the pipe with your fingers.

Soak it for several hours and if it was very dirty, repeat in the morning. For a cleaner pipe, add a splash of fresh isopropyl and allow it to sit, submerged in the fluid for several hours. Shake it up again.

Finalize the cleaning process by cleaning out any spots with cotton swabs or a pipe cleaner if you have one. Wipe off the visible little spots and dip the end of it in some alcohol to get rid of the persistent resins. Your pipe may have water marks or non-resin stains. In that case, soak it for 10-15 minutes in a mixture of warm water and lemon juice. And that is how to clean a glass pipe with alcohol and salt.

Step 2: Using boiling water

This is another great way to wash your weed pipe at home. You first need to knock out the lingering ash or gunk. Just like in the case of alcohol and salt, you should do some knocking out of resin and wipe with a cotton swab. Make sure you have completely dislodged any large pieces of gunk. Only use warm water to rinse out the pipe.

Place a small pot of water on the stove to boil. You should reduce the water to a simmer and only leave enough water that will cover the entire pipe, perhaps 3-4 inches to be on the safe side. You can now submerge it in water. Since the water will evaporate as it boils, it is important that you keep your eye on the pot so that it doesn’t end up alone in a red hot pot and crack (this will also ruin your pot).

Soak the pipe for 20-30 minutes then take the pot from the heat. Make sure you drain out the water and check if there is any excess residue. Be careful since it will be hot. Also never bring it to cold water when it’s hot—it will shatter.

Scrub any remaining residue with a cleaner or cotton swab. Soak it for a few more minutes in a mixture of lemon juice and 2-3 tablespoons of water to get rid of any water stains. Let it dry and you will have a clean smoking tool. That’s how to clean a weed pipe.

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