Top Three Ways to Clean a Glass Pipe

March 23, 2020

While you should wipe down your glass pipe after each use, it’s important to thoroughly clean your smoking apparatus after multiple uses. Cleaning your glass pipe is an essential care and maintenance step, as it removes soot and grime. This kind of buildup can clog your pipe, make the piece difficult to use and change the taste of your smokable. Below is an overview of the top three ways to clean glass pipes in Orlando.

Cleaning method #1: Rubbing alcohol

Hold your glass pipe upside down and tap it gently to remove loose debris. Next, use a pipe cleaner to remove large bits and any hard-to-reach resin. To clean the rest of the pipe, fill a plastic resealable bag with rubbing alcohol (90 percent isopropyl is best). Alcohol can break down resin and tar so it’s easier to clean away stains. Put the pipe in the bag, making sure it’s complete covered and filled with the alcohol. Add one tablespoon of coarse-grained salt to the bag. This will help to scrub away the resin.

Now, shake the bag for a couple minutes and work the salt on the inside and outside of the pipe. Leave the pipe to soak for several hours before rinsing it out with hot water. Use a pipe cleaner or cotton swab to complete the cleaning process.

Cleaning method #2: Boiling water

Start by knocking out any loose resin and gunk. Wipe down the pipe, then rinse it out with warm water. Fill a small pot with three to four inches of water, then bring to a boil before reducing to a simmer. Fully submerge the pipe in the water, letting it simmer/soak for 20 to 30 minutes. After that time is up, drain the water from the pot, remove the hot pipe (using tongs or an oven mitt, and do not rinse under cold water to cool it down) and use a pipe cleaner to remove remaining residue. Let your pipe air dry.

Cleaning method #3: Other cleaning solutions

Some people who own glass pipes use denture cleaning tablets in place of rubbing alcohol or plain boiling water. Put the pipe in a plastic food container and fill with water until it covers the top. Add two or three denture cleaning tablets to the water and let it soak for about 30 minutes. The fizzing removes resin, but the tablets are also great at removing gunk, residue and stains from the glass. Other alternative DIY cleaning solutions to try include baking soda and vinegar, salt and vinegar and a sand-and-water mixture.

Another option is to freeze the pipe. Freezing causes resin to harden and dry up, which makes it easier to remove hard buildups. Put the pipe in the freezer for 30 to 60 minutes, then use a thin, sharp tool to knock off the resin. You must move quickly, because it won’t take long for the resin to warm up and get sticky again.

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