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How to Clean a Glass Pipe in Less Than 3 Minutes – The Ultimate Guide!

Glass pipes are the preferred smoking piece for stoners. They hit smooth; come in a variety of shapes, styles, and colours; and they have the awesome effect of colouring up as they get dirty. It’s because of this last feature that many stoners don’t think to clean their glass weed pipes, but knowing how to clean a glass pipe is a necessary part of proper pipe maintenance.

The thing inside your glass pipes that causes them to colour up is resin, which leads to clogs and needs to be cleaned every so often so your pipe is up to peak performance. There are a wide variety of options for how to clean resin:

  • Epsom salt cleaning – epsom salt and rubbing alcohol
  • Sea salt is another coarse salt option. Thanks to the large grains, it’s a more highly recommended cleaning option than table salt.
  • Smoking pipe cleaning kit (purchased; specifically designed for marijuana pipes)
  • Rubbing alcohol, dish soap, and hot water
  • Clean pipe hydrogen peroxide
  • Mile high soap
  • Denture tablets are rumored to work (though we won’t venture into that here)
  • Acetone
  • Hot water to rinse whatever cleaning supplies off of your glass when you’re done!

Those are just a few of the many ways people have found to successfully clean a glass pipe. It’s important to note that just because it was effective in cleaning the pipe, doesn’t mean it’s safe to use on something you’re planning to smoke out of or that it’s the cheapest or easiest method. Leftover cleaner that’s toxic is not something you want to inhale with your kush.

Oh, you like quality hand pipes that you can turn to in your times of need? Rest your weary lips on Grav’s Large Spoon Pipe and let it carry you off into a place of great respite.

There are many videos online to help guide you through the important process of pipe cleaning. Here’s one of our favourites! They combine some isopropyl alcohol with some coarse salt in a plastic bag, shake the bag (drink some beer), and voila! A beautiful, clean glass pipe. Rinse with hot water and fill your precious glass back up with some tasty kush! You’ll find another video at the bottom of the article, too:

In this article, we’ll point you in the right direction for safe and easy pipe cleaning and provide you with a handy list of dos and don’ts.

From the simple spoon pipe like the one shared above to more innovative glass pipes, Grav has got you covered.

For a cross between simple and innovative, try out their Pebble Spoon. It’s super portable and durable, so it can be your new favourite travel buddy!

Once your resin builds up like this you know it’s time for a cleaning! @Alamy

What’s the best method to clean a glass pipe?

As we said above, just because a method is effective, doesn’t mean it’s safe or wise. We recommend not using products you don’t feel comfortable inhaling. For example, you’d probably feel a little uncomfortable inhaling something like Home Depot acetone. Not even boiling water could make us want to light our pipe back up after it has been shook around in a ziploc bag with that!

While you’re always instructed to do your best to rinse the pipe thoroughly with hot water or, better yet, boiling water after cleaning with these products, you can never be too sure. We’ve got tips on how to clean a pipe without alcohol written below and in videos!

We recommend using the vinegar and baking soda method. This method uses 100% safe products that most people have in their homes already, like cotton swaps and the same plastic bag you’d put your sandwich in, and are inexpensive. Vinegar is also a natural odor-absorber, meaning you’re also working to remove the smell from your no-longer dirty pipe.

Looking to step up your pipe game? Need the perfect gift for your nature-loving toker friend?

Empire Glassworks’s Beehive Handpipe is not only beautiful, with lots of detail in the little glass bees, but it’s also super functional. This is definitely worth the short time the cleaning process will take!

How to clean a glass pipe: vinegar and baking soda solution

Whether you’re trying to figure out how to clean glass bong or how to clean glass pipe, this method is the most effective, cheapest, and safest method for cleaning a glass piece without alcohol or other harsh chemicals.

What you need:

  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Plastic container like Tupperware
  • Bong brush, pipe cleaner, or cotton swab (maybe let’s make it cotton swabs to be safe!)

Step One: Soaking your pipe

Place your pipe in the plastic bag or container and cover it in a fine layer of baking soda, making sure to cover as much of the pipe as possible with a thorough coating. Then, fill the container with your white vinegar and make sure you seal it up tightly. Careful! There will be a bubbly reaction when the two substances meet!

Leave it soaking for about 30 minutes, but if it’s seen some serious mileage, you may want to leave it longer. Once it’s done soaking, give it a good shake to ensure the solution reaches each and every nook and cranny of the pipe. If the pipe has been well maintained, this should be an effective method for how to dissolve resin.

Step Two: Using pipe cleaners, a cotton swab, or a bong brush to remove resin

Sometimes, if you’ve got an extra dirty pipe, the soaking method alone won’t rid you of the resin problems in a weed bowl. If you need to figure out how to clean resin out of a glass bowl or, heaven forbid, how to scrape resin from a bowl, you’ll need the tools we mentioned above.

Start with gently scrubbing to try to remove the resin, but sometimes that won’t cut it. You may need to scrape the resin off with a paper clip or safety pin or even purchase a bong cleaner or other weed-specific cleaner.

Step Three: Rinse the bowl thoroughly

The last step in how to clean a bowl involves thoroughly rinsing your pipe in super hot water, as hot as you can stand. We recommend using thick dish washing gloves to ensure you have a thick layer so you can handle hotter water. You want to be sure you thoroughly rinse your piece out so that no solution remains. Then, set your piece out to dry.

For a beautifully made pipe with a bit of a Sherlock twist, try the Chameleon Glass Sherlock Flamethrower glass pipe.

Not only is it easy to use, but it’s easy to clean no matter which cleaning solution you use. It’s also high quality at a very affordable price.

Taking care of your glass pipe doesn't have to be a chore! In this article we share three easy steps you can take that will have your pipe back in tip top shape in no time! Even better? They're good for both your pipe and YOU, who, when cleaning is complete, needs to know you're not inhaling harsh cleaning products.

4 Simple Ways to Keep Your Pipe, Bubbler, Rig or Bong Clean

There is nothing that brings a sesh down faster than a dirty pipe , bubbler , rig , or bong chalked in a gross amount of resin. This article will break down how to clean each kind of glass in a few easy steps with the simplest ingredients.

These six household staples — sea salt, isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol, tap water, grain alcohol, baking soda, and vinegar — are common key ingredients that can turn your goopy piece brand spanking new.

How to Clean Pipes Using Rubbing Alcohol and Sea Salt

When it comes to bowls, Sherlocks, chillums, one-hitters, and steamrollers — sea salt and isopropyl alcohol are best. This combination of two popular household items is the quickest way to clean popular dry glass pieces.

Ingredients
  • ¼ cup (67 grams) coarse sea salt
  • 6-8 tablespoons (89-118 milliliters) isopropyl alcohol, enough to submerge the piece fully in the bag
Materials
  • 1 large zipper storage bag
  • Cotton swabs
  • Metal tongs with rubber pads
  • Towel
Directions
  1. Add the glass piece inside the storage bag.
  2. Pour in the sea salt and isopropyl alcohol, then close the bag.
  3. Shake vigorously for 1 minute.
  4. Let the mixture soak sitting against a wall upright for 4-5 hours. (Make sure the glass piece is fully covered by the sea salt and isopropyl alcohol mixture.)
  5. Every hour, come back and shake for 1 minute.
  6. After 4-5 hours, the isopropyl alcohol mixture should become brown. This is all from the dissolved resin. Shake for 2-3 minutes to dislodge any resin plugs.
  7. Remove the pipe with tongs, and use a cotton swab to scrub any remaining sticky spots inside the pipe.
  8. Rinse under warm running tap water to clean your pipe fully and dry on a towel before use.

How to Clean Bubblers Using Vinegar and Heat

The beautiful child of a dry glass pipe and a bong, otherwise known as a bubbler, is best cleaned in boiled vinegar and water. So simple, right? Common household solvents such as isopropyl alcohol are safe when handled correctly, but solvents aren’t for everyone. This is where simple tap water and vinegar can come to the rescue.

Ingredients
  • 2 cups (250 milliliters) tap water
  • 2 cups (260-265 milliliters) white or apple cider vinegar
Materials
  • Metal tongs with rubber pads
  • Small bottle brush
  • Small saucepan
  • Stove
  • Towel
Directions
  1. Add the water, vinegar, and bubbler to the small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer or the lowest setting on the stove. Warning: Never place a cold pipe into boiling water. It will crack.
  2. Let the water simmer for 1 hour or until the water becomes dark amber.
  3. After 1 hour, gently pick up the bubbler and swish it around in the water to dislodge any plugs. Using a bottle brush, gently scrub the bubbler while plunged in the vinegar water.
  4. Gently remove the glass and rise under warm running tap water. Place onto a towel to cool and dry completely before use.

How to Clean Dab Rigs Using Grain Alcohol

Did you ever wonder if you could use the honey amber colored oil stuck within your oil rig? It’s called reclaim — and you can. Reclaim is decarboxylated , full of cannabinoids , and high in CBN . There is debate whether reclaim should be used, but as long as it isn’t reclaimed using a solvent, it should be safe, albeit undesirable to some. If you’re interested in adding it to edibles, use grain alcohol.

Ingredients
  • 25.4 ounces (one 750 milliliter bottle) grain alcohol
Materials
  • Glass 8-inch square baking dish
  • Cheesecloth
  • Small rubber spatula
  • Towel
Directions
  1. Pour the grain alcohol into your rig until the inside is filled up fully. Place in a safe spot and let it soak for 24 hours.
  2. After 24 hours, plug the holes in the rig with your fingers and shake vigorously to dislodge the globs.
  3. Pour this mixture into the baking dish and cover with cheesecloth. Let the grain alcohol evaporate off for 1-2 days.
  4. Rise the rig under warm running water and place on a towel to dry.
  5. After the alcohol has been evaporated, scrape the honey oil from the dish.

How to Clean Bongs Using Baking Soda and Vinegar

No one likes a dirty bong. Thankfully, a little patience, baking soda, vinegar, and hot water will solve this problem. Note: These instructions are for bongs 18 inches or smaller

Ingredients
  • 4 cups (about 1 liter) white or apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups (460 grams) baking soda, plus an additional ½ cup (115 grams) baking soda in reserve
  • Tap water
Materials
  • 19 ½-inch tall (50 centimeters) 40 quart/10 gallon (37.9 liters) stock pot
  • Bottle brush or toothbrush
  • Measuring cup
  • Metal tongs with rubber pads
  • 2 towels
Directions
  1. Place the bong into the stock pot. Pour in 1/2 cup (115 grams) baking soda down the bong stem. Pour the remaining 1 1/2 cups (345 grams) of baking soda into the bottom of the pot. Set the ½ cup baking soda in reserve to the side.
  2. Slowly pour 1 cup (250 milliliters) of vinegar down the bong stem. This will cause an instant fizzy reaction creating carbonic acid. This will quickly dissipate into carbon dioxide gas and fizzle out.
  3. Add the remaining vinegar to the pot. Let this sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Add enough water to fully cover the bong. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer.
  5. Watch the water level and do not let the bong become exposed to air, or else the bong will crack. Add more water if needed to keep it waterlogged.
  6. Simmer the water for 1-2 hours, depending on resin buildup.
  7. After the time is up, turn off the heat. Gently pull out the bong with the tongs and drain the liquid. Place onto a towel. Carefully pour the remaining reserve baking soda into the bong. Add a few tablespoons of the vinegar water to make a paste.
  8. Gently scrub the inside of the bong with a bottle brush or toothbrush.
  9. Rinse the bong out with warm tap water and place onto the second towel. Air dry fully before use.

Jessica Catalano

Jessica Catalano is a professional cannabis chef, cannabis edibles expert, recipe developer, cannabis food writer, the pioneer of strain-specific cannabis cuisine, and author of The Ganja Kitchen Revolution: The Bible of Cannabis Cuisine published by Green Candy Press. Jessica explores the health benefits of using cannabis in everyday cooking, balanced nutrition, and an overall healthy lifestyle. Her penchant in life is to normalize cannabis through food and start the conversation one recipe at a time.

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