When compared to modern smoking devices like as vaporizers that heat the whole flower and bongs with sophisticated designs, pipes may seem to be antiquated smoking gadgets. In large part, this is because they are. But pipes are also a popular choice because of how readily available they are, how cheap they are, how easy to use they are, and how many different kinds there are. Pipes combine elements of the past with those of the present, and no smoker’s collection of accessories would be complete without at least one.
Cleaning a pipe is the most necessary element of being a pipe owner, but it’s also one of the most bothersome parts. If pipes are not cleaned on a regular basis, residue may build up inside of them, which can cause blockage and has a poor impact on the taste of the smoke. It is essential to frequently clean your pipe in order to provide the best possible smoking experience.
The following will teach you how to clean a glass or ceramic pipe so that it lasts longer, performs more efficiently, and produces cleaner smoke. This is not the tutorial for you if you are wanting to clean a corn cob pipe, since it does not cover that topic.
What you’ll need
Before you start cleaning your pipe, make sure you have all of the essential materials:
- A plastic bag that can be sealed.
- Paper clip 99 percent Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
- Table salt (sodium chloride) or epsom salt (magnesium sulfate)
- Dish detergent
How to clean a pipe step-by-step
The required amount of time is 12 hours and 10 minutes.
Now that you have everything you need to clean a pipe properly, follow the procedures that are outlined below and keep in mind that practice will make perfect.
Put the pipe in a plastic bag that can be sealed, along with the alcohol.
Remove any lingering pieces of the flower from the bowl of the pipe by shaking it. The pipe should then be placed with care in a plastic bag that can be sealed, and the bag should be filled with rubbing alcohol until the whole pipe is covered. You might use a tiny container that can be sealed instead of a baggie if you don’t have any on hand. Just keep in mind that you won’t be able to shake the pipe about in the cleaning solution as you do when using a bag, so you’ll have to let it soak for a longer period of time in the container if you choose to use one that has a lid.
Include a pinch of salt in the dish.
Include one teaspoon of coarse salt in the recipe. In places that are inaccessible to a brush or sponge, the salt may perform the same function as a scrubber or a sponge on the resin. To guarantee that the salt is thoroughly cleaning the pipe and performing its job to the fullest extent, work it into the pipe as much as possible.
Allow the pipe to take a bath.
Allow the pipe to soak for about twelve hours in the bag or container before removing it. Because of this, the alcohol will have sufficient time to dissolve the majority of the resin.
Move the bag around.
After allowing the pipe to soak for some time, aggressively shake the bag in order to dislodge any remaining resin. Again, if you are working with a container that is rigid, you will want to skip this step in order to save your pipe from breaking.
Take the pipe out of the bag, and give it a wash.
After soaking and shaking your pipe, take it from the bag and give it a thorough cleaning with hot water and dish soap. If there is any resin that is still adhering to your pipe after you have cleaned it, you may attempt to remove it using a paperclip or a pipe cleaner; however, you must be cautious not to harm the pipe. If you want to take an additional precaution, you may also try using a cotton swab. After you’ve cleaned the pipe with soap and water, give it one more rinsing in warm or hot water.
Let the pipe dry
Before you use your pipe again, make sure you give it sufficient time for it to dry out. Repeat the procedure, being sure to add new salt each time, if you feel that the cleanliness of your pipe is not as good as it might be. The rubbing alcohol will have, after the first round of cleaning, substantially dissolved the salt that was on the surface of the object.
In the end, the most important thing you can do is make sure that your pipe is regularly cleaned. The more often you clean, the simpler it will be, and the longer the life of your pipe you will assure by doing so.
How do you clean a glass pipe without alcohol?
You may try boiling your pipe in water if you don’t have any rubbing alcohol on hand or if you’d prefer not use it. This is an alternative to using the rubbing alcohol. Because sudden shifts in temperature have the potential to cause the glass to shatter and splinter, it is important to thoroughly immerse the pipe in the water while also gradually heating up the water. Once the pipe has been boiled for thirty minutes, let it to cool to the point where it can be handled safely, and then scrape out any residual resin using a cotton swab or a pipe cleaner.
What is the fastest way to clean a glass pipe?
The pipe’s current state of cleanliness directly impacts how quickly and easily it can be cleaned. However, the rate at which you shake and scrape your pipe may vary, since the alcohol and salt solution is the one that is both the most effective and the most generally accessible.
How do you clean a glass pipe with vinegar?
In a container that is large enough to hold the glass pipe completely submerged, combine equal parts white vinegar and water. After letting it soak for a full day, scrape away any pieces of resin that are still present.
Is it bad to smoke out of a dirty pipe?
Because resin accumulation imparts a burnt taste to the smoke that is inhaled, the sensation of smoking from a filthy pipe is a negative one. When it comes to the potential for damage to one’s health, unclean pipes provide some of the same dangers as dirty bongs, which may house hazardous compounds in the water that is used in the bong. Because pipes do not contain water, they do not have the same capacity to cultivate microorganisms that dirty bong water does. However, dirty bong water does retain some of the same dangerous compounds that may be found within pipes.