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Is It Safe To Boil The Glass Pipe?

May. 12, 2022

Is It Safe To Boil The Glass Pipe? 

Over time, your glass pipe will be stained with grit and dirt. Perhaps the screen and chimney are blocked by a black tar-like substance called resin, making it difficult to exhaust smoke. You want to clean it well, but is boiling the glass pipe a safe way?

Compared with other materials, smokers everywhere like glass pipes, because glass does not add any impurities to what you smoke, and it also has a unique design. The glass provides a clean and precise experience for every smoke unless the pipe is dirty. This may cause taste problems and may cause harmful bacteria to accumulate on the pipes. But will the use of boiling water causes the glass to break and ruin your perfect smoking container?

The short answer is that it is safe to boil glass pipes—in fact, this is a recommended cleaning method—but only when specific instructions are followed. Let us explain in detail how you should clean the glass pipe with boiling water to make it look and function like new:

  • The first thing is not to throw cold water pipes or normal temperature water pipes into a container filled with boiling water, because this will cause the water pipe to rupture.

  • Instead, the best way is to put the tube in warm water, then turn the temperature up so that the water boils while the tube is still inside.

  • The temperature of the water gradually rises, and the dirt and impurities on the surface of the pipeline are also removed.

  • After the water boils, you can remove the pot from the fire. Let the tube soak in water for another 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. If something is still stuck to the pipe, you should be able to remove it with a pipe cleaner.

Now you get it! Please note that using boiling water is only one way to clean the glass pipe. Other methods include the use of rubbing alcohol and salt solutions. Just fill a plastic bag with rubbing alcohol, add a tablespoon of salt, and put it in the pipe. Take it off after a few hours and rinse it off with warm water.

How to Clean a Glass Pipe with Boiling Water

Glass and metal pipes are between the most popular and regularly used among cannabis consumers. Without a doubt, these devices are an old favorite, primarily due to the reliability and practicality they can offer to the user when smoking cannabis flowers. If you are one of those who use the pipe regularly and see grime stains forming or see the bowl is starting to get clogged with that tar-like black resin, it is the perfect time to give a good clean to your pipe.

Materials needed

  • Stove

  • Cookpot

  • Water 

  • Bowl or zip bag

  • Oven mitt

  • Cotton swabs

  • Toothpicks

  • Paper towels or cloth piece


  • Take a toothpick and remove the residue stuck to the walls of the pipe's bowl.

  • Turn on the stove to medium heat, pour water into the cookpot, and put the water to boil. Wait until the water is warm, and take water enough to rinse your pipe.

  • Use a cotton swab to brush off the dirt from your pipe and rinse it with warm water. Warming up the pipe before getting it into the boiling water will ensure it will not break with the hot temperature. 

  • Take the boiling water off the stove and let it cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Place your pipe into the bowl and pour the water into it. Make sure the water completely covers the pipe and let it soak for one hour. 

There is an alternative way to do this step. You can place the pipe inside the boiling water and let it simmer for 30 to 45 minutes. Repeat this step until you don’t see any gunk or stains. Make sure the pipe is always fully submerged in the boiling water. You may need to add a bit more water as the hot water evaporates.

  • Take the pipe out of the water with an oven mitt and rinse it with warm water. That way, the glass pipe will have a safe temperature transition.

  • Grab a clean cotton swab and remove the remaining stains or dirt. Rinse the pipe with warm water again.

  • Use a paper towel or a cloth piece to dry the pipe. Let the pipe rest for 20 to 30 minutes to let the remaining moisture dry.

  • If you see lingering stains, you can soak the pipe into a mixture of lemon juice and 30 to 50 ml of water. Take the pipe out of the solution and let it dry.

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