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How To Clean Glass Pipe

May. 07, 2022

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Now that we know why you should clean your glass pipes, let us introduce how to clean your glass pipes! This will not take long, in fact, it is a relaxing experience!

Before we enter it, we want to make a quick note to make sure you don't accidentally break your glass pipe when you clean it! 

First of all, be careful when practicing these cleaning methods.

Second, if your glass pipe is made up of multiple glass parts (for example, a smoke gun with a buzzer, lower rod, and bowl), make sure you disassemble the pipe and clean each part individually.

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The classic method is: externally with alcohol and salt

Surprisingly, you can clean your glass pipes with household items that many people have already stuffed in the cupboard! By combining isopropyl alcohol with coarse or table salt, you will create a solution that effectively cleans dirty pipes.

Let's see what you need. We have already said that you need isopropanol. Alcohol can break down the resin and stickiness accumulated in the pipe, and it can also help remove the stains left by the hemp resin. Your best choice is to use 91% isopropanol because it has a high concentration and decomposes the resin faster than a low concentration.

The role of salt is to help remove resin and sticky materials that stick to the pipe; this is why it is important to use salt. In addition to alcohol and salt, you also need a plastic sandwich bag and toothpick or cotton swab.

Now, let's talk about the process of cleaning the pipeline!

First, before using alcohol or salt, use a cotton swab or toothpick to remove as much residue as possible. You can also use hot water to wash off the loose resin.

Once you have manually removed as much residue as possible, put your work in a bag and cover it with alcohol. Then, add a tablespoon of salt to the bag.

After you add these things to the bag, seal it up and start shaking the bag. You have to be careful not to touch the bag or pipe to anything that might break it. In addition, be sure to put the salt in the tube during shaking, because most of the resin is in the pipe.

Do this for a few minutes while paying attention to the state of your pipeline. Once it is clean, or almost clean, you can leave it in the solution to allow the remaining resin to soak and decompose, or you can take it out and wipe off the remaining resin with a toothpick or cotton swab.

After the pipes are cleaned, rinse them with hot water and dry them, and you can enjoy it!

For very dirty pipes, you may need to leave them in the solution overnight, or repeat the process several times.

New wave: pipe cleaning solutions

In this magical world, cannabis is legal in most states, and there are now pre-mixed pipe cleaning solutions that you can find in pharmacies, online, and in some luxury cannabis retailers. These solutions are similar to the methods above, except for a few things.

They are more expensive than homemade methods, but they can clean your pipe faster than alcohol and salt, thus making up for the high price. These solutions contain alcohol and salt; however, other variables have been added to speed up the cleaning process.

In terms of usage, it is basically the same as the above method. However, because this is a more effective method, you don't need to spend time manually removing loose resin before submerging the pipe.

Once the pipe is submerged, you don't need to shake the solution; however, it will make the process much faster. Then, usually within a minute or two, the resin will disappear, you just need to flush the pipe with hot water!

When all other methods fail: other methods

So, if you are on a budget and do not have the materials we mentioned above, but you still want a clean pipe, here are some last tricks you can try.

One way is to boil the pipe in water for about 30 minutes, which will cause the resin in the pipe to fall off. After boiling, just use a cotton swab to remove the resin remaining in the pipe, rinse, dry, and then smoke!

This method is very cumbersome, and if all the water evaporates, the tube will be left in the hot pot, risking burns and breaking the tube. If you take the pipe out of the boiling water and cool it immediately, the pipe may also break, so be careful! In addition, you may need to repeat this process several times to completely clean your pipe!

Another method you can try is to freeze your pipe, as this will harden the resin and make it brittle. When it freezes, you can use a small tool such as a toothpick to remove the resin from the pipe. This is probably the most tedious method because you don't have much time to remove the resin after taking the glass out of the refrigerator before it melts.

Finally, you can clean your pipes with fizzing cleaning solutions, because these solutions can break down the resin, and bubbles can remove the loose resin. You can use baking soda and vinegar, denture cleaner, or any other cleaning solution that creates bubbles. Then you simply soak, rinse, and repeat until clean.

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