This article received 23 testimonials and 89% of readers who voted found it helpful, earning it our reader-approved status. After multiple uses, your glass pipe will get clogged up with soot and grime, making it difficult and unpleasant to use. Thankfully, with a little patience and some standard household materials, you can clean your pipe up so it looks good as new. These methods and more can also be used to clean traditional pipes. The Do’s & Don’ts of Cleaning Your Pipes, Bubblers, and Bongs.
The more frequently you consume cannabis, the more important it becomes to clean your pipes, bubblers and bongs. The big question: how to get your glass pieces clean? Not only can resin look and smell unpleasant, its tar compounds include carbon and carcinogens, and continuing to burn them can have an array of negative health effects. Through a pair of informal Facebook polls, we asked the Leafly community how and how often they cleaned their glass pipes, bubblers, and bongs. “Ummm, you are supposed to clean it?” –Andrew Frost. “I don’t, just toss it and buy a new one.” –Robert Weaver. “Dawn power clean dish soap, hot water and pipe cleaners.” –Amanda Skelton. “Nail polish remover that contains 100% acetone…And for more home convenience, run it through the dishwasher.” –Aris Butler.
“91% isopropyl alcohol and sea salt…any course salt will work…even sugar works in a pinch.” –Rich Schmitz. “The only thing to use is grain alcohol, it evaporates 100%.” –Gerald Schoolnick. “Fill a plastic bag with a tablespoon of sodium and enough isopropyl alcohol to submerge your piece completely. Place your piece in the substance and make sure the inside gets filled with liquid. Let it sit for 15+ min, shake the bag and move the mixture through the pipe. Remove, boil, and scrape the remainder with a paper clip. It’s important to remove resin as it will be toxic.” –Ben Craighton. “Iso & sea salt, final rinse with a bit of lemon juice for sparkle.” –Chaz French. “Rubbing alcohol & salt, but then polishing toothpaste.” –Courtney Kruk. Most of the glass cleaning methods above are a lot of work, and require soaking, shaking, or hazardous chemicals. Jim Berry, founder of Lakewood, Colo.’s Mile HIGH Cleaner, set about finding an easier solution for the resin that was building up on his own bong. “I recently started smoking again and realized there hadn’t been any real innovation in cleaning in decades. I started research into this and figured out a better way of cleaning,” says Berry. His compound of all-natural plant-based oils is odorless, tasteless and inert, and is designed to encapsulate the five types of resin left behind by smoking cannabis, allowing them to be washed away easily with a hot water rinse. (Since inventing Mile HIGH Cleaner in 2015, Berry has also discovered that it works on other items, including vapes, dab rigs and cannabis trimming tools.) Based on his experience, Berry shared the following do’s and don’ts for cleaning your glass. Keep them in mind the next time you see resin on your pipe or bong! Do clean your bong daily, and your pipes once per week. “It really makes a difference; you can taste the smoke, not the resin,” says Berry, who also warns that water-based paraphernalia can grow mold or attract pests in a matter of days. Berry says his plant-based cleaner is safe to eat, and will not harm you or the environment. “By adding 10 drops to the bong, resin will not stick to the glass,” says Berry of his product. “The resin actually prefers to stick to the cleaner. Refill with 10 drops, add water and smoke again.” Do discover the real flavor of your smoke through a clean pipe or bong. “Isopropyl alcohol…is by far the most commonly used cleaning substance for bong and pipe cleaning,” says Berry. “It is also listed by eight different government agencies as being toxic,” including the Environmental Protection Agency, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Don’t experiment with anything you wouldn’t consume directly. Acetone-based nail polish remover, for instance, is hazardous. “You chose natural medication in cannabis, so why clean with hazardous chemicals?” says Berry. Berry says using a cleaner like his costs less than eight cents per day, and should take less than a minute to wash away after each use.
This article is brought to you by a cannabis industry sponsor. That old weed in the bottom of your drawer didnвЂ™t go bad, but itвЂ™s probably not as good anymore. As one might expect, the internet hasnвЂ™t quite managed to come to an agreement on whether or not old weed is bad for you, whether it loses potency, or even if decades-old jazz cabbage can get you just as high as it would have back then. And even bonafide science on the effects and uses of the devilвЂ™s lettuce and its active ingredient, THC, is startlingly unreliable. So for anyone who goes through the pockets of their old jeans or finds a crumpled plastic bag from god-knows-when hidden in their sock drawer, an attempt to find reliable advice on whether to pitch or smoke their old stash is like navigating a really relaxing minefield of conflicting information. The good news is that they probably donвЂ™t need to worry about it.
The bad news is that unless they happened to store their broccoli under ideal conditions вЂ” in a sealed glass jar stored in a dark, temperature-controlled room вЂ” they probably wonвЂ™t have much fun smoking it. Old weed canвЂ™t spoil like expired milk or cheese вЂ” smoking it wonвЂ™t make you sick. But that also means you canвЂ™t always tell off the bat whether itвЂ™s still any good.