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How to Clean Your Pipe

Introduction: How to Clean Your Pipe

Do you have a pipe? Then you know that after smoking Tobacco or other LEGAL things such as Saliva. After a couple uses the pipe can get full of resin and other things. This instructable will show you who to clean it.

Step 1: Parts

You need:
A pipe to clean
Rubbing Alcohol
Something to get the screen out
Bags
A new screen

Step 2: Pull Out Old Screen and Disassemble

Use a pointy object to remove the old screen, then disassemble as far as u can.

Step 3: Bag It

Put all the pipe related parts in a bag then fill with the alchol leaving some room.

Step 4: Shake

Shake and leave to sit over night, but not to long. mine leaked.

Step 5: Finish

Wipe up, reassemble and put in a new screen, and you’re done.

Here are the twins, as Bender would say “Make new friends and keep the old, because one is silver and the other is gold.”

Step 6: Other Ideas

If you are smoking a certain green substance and you want to keep the resin, pour the bag into a bowl. Then leave it in the sun to evaporate.

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50 Discussions

You know salt causes metal to rust, right? I wouldn’t use salt on anything metal.

Reply 5 months ago

Not sure but I believe salt speeds up the oxidation which only happens in oxygen environments. Since this piece is under water not A problem. Also it takes A fair amount of time and odds are these pieces will be resin soaked soon after cleaning. HA HA

Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

Not “rust” exactly. Rust normally refers to iron oxydation. Salt causes corrosion for sure, especially sodium salts, but any salt that is electrolytically active will do the same thing.

BUT, if the salt is not left on it for any length of time (days or longer) it will help remove some oxidation. An overnight soak and rinse shouldn’t hurt it at although I might not do this with copper parts.

i need to know how to clean a mushroom keychain pipe mine is so clogged with rez i cant even smoke out of it anymore

Reply 5 years ago

Or use a Bobby pin or something similar and scrape it if you plan on smoking it.

Reply 5 years ago

Add some sea salt in with it and shake, the grains scrub the sides. Or you could buy cleaning fluid from a headshop and follow the directions in the bottle, some don’t work very well if it’s caked full.

I think u meant salvia

If you add coarse salt to the bag and shake hard for a min or two it really helps alot. It acts as an abrasive. The salt will not dissolve in the alcohol.

Nice instructible. I have an instructible series coming out about kinds of smoking apparatuses and how to make them. by far, I only have one about making a bong, or “water filtered pipe” and I would strongly appreciate if anyone could view it and comment on it. Thank you.

alchohol and salt. you dont need anything else. get 90% iso- it works better(less water) and is clean disolving. all of the cleaners you could use or detergents or whatever are going to leave residue. residue that could react to heat, you dont want to breathe that in. even some chemicals that work well are generally industrial grade- not medical and the ingredients listed do not have to be 100% pure. when using something like napathol, try leaving some out on a glass dish for a few days before trying it on your piece and see what is left behind.
if you dont care about your piece or pan i suppose boiling is a good way to clean, but putting the stress on the glass all over from the heat is bad. it puts stress on any faults in the glass or tiny cracks and chips. this could result in a premature break. while heating is inevitable of some parts of the piece with use, why put undo stress on good pieces?
maybe im just a connoisseur

Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

Hey guys and gals, I have found a really cheap and simple way to clean a whole pipe. No matter what type or brand. If you go to a beauty shop or whatever (the way i found this was my wife was helping me clean pipes and she made the suggestion) buy some of the nail buffer, shiner and one of the rough ones. Then use long strokes and use the rough one to sand away any gunnk or residue left on the stem of the pipe. Then use the buffer to get any scratches off of it. Finally scrub as hard as you can with the shiner and watch your pipe shine.

you mean salvia, not saliva. smoking saliva would suck.

Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

Well, some people would do it. Ancient cultures that worshiped the Fly Agaric mushrooms found that there was a scarcity at one point, so the priests began to be the sole people that ingested the mushroom alone. Since the toxins in the fly agaric don’t get absorbed, for the most part, by the human body, the next lower social class would drink the urine of the priests in order to get the high that they desired, since it made them feel closer to ‘God’. It kept going like this until the lowest social class.

How to Clean Your Pipe: Do you have a pipe? Then you know that after smoking Tobacco or other LEGAL things such as Saliva. After a couple uses the pipe can get full of resin and other things. This instructable will show you who to clean it.

3 Clutch Ways to Clean Your Glass Pipe

By Adam Schmidt

You have your favorite glass piece, but inevitably, it develops resin and other nasty residue. Most people don’t like a dirty pipe or bong. Worse, a dirty glass piece just doesn’t work as well as when it’s perfectly clean. So here are three clutch methods to clean your glass pipe:

Method One: The Salt & Alcohol Method

Step 1: Gather Supplies

Most of the supplies you can find either laying around your house, or you can pick up at the drug or hardware store.

Here’s what you’ll need…

  • A bottle of rubbing alcohol (90% isopropyl is more effective than a watered-down 71% solution)
  • Salt: Kosher, epsom or sea salt
  • A plastic sandwich bag
  • Rubber gloves (optional)
  • Cotton swabs and/or q-tips

Step 2: De-Gunk Your Piece

Next, you’ll need to remove any loose particles from your piece. You can do this by running the dirty glass piece through hot water and/or holding it upside and gently tapping. You can use a pipe cleaner or a paperclip to dislodge much of the resin. Be gentle — even in the tough spots — so that you don’t break it. Don’t worry about getting everything as you’ll loosen the harder spots when you soak.

Step 3: Place Your Piece in a Ziploc Bag

Fill your ziploc bag with rubbing alcohol, and then place your piece in ensuring it is totally submerged. The alcohol will break down all the resin and tar so that you can more easily remove stains.

Step 4: Add Salt

Generously add salt to the mixture. Salt acts as a mild abrasive allowing you to scrub off the residual particles. It will also help you reach place with a brush or sponge that would normally be difficult to reach. Everyone has a different preference for what kind of salt they like to use. I prefer kosher salt.

Step 5: Seal Bag, and Shake Rapidly

Seal the bag and shake the pipe in the bag until you’ve worked in the salt to all parts of your piece. Do this for a solid 90 seconds to two minutes (or until visibly clean). You can try putting your hands in the bag and using your fingers to close off the openings of the pipe, allowing you shake the mixture inside the chamber.

Step 6: Pour Out, Rinse & Repeat

By this point, the solution will appear dark brown (and nasty). Pour it out and refill the bag with alcohol once more, repeating Step 5. Make sure you run your piece under water to remove any loose remains and remnants from the salt and alcohol. For extra dirty pipes, you may want to soak for several hours or overnight.

When you’re finished, do a final rinse with hot water. Be sure to discard the old solution in the toilet rather than a sink as it will likely not smell particularly nice.

Step 7: Buff Up Your Piece With Q-Tips or Cotton

You may or may not need to do this step depending on how much of a perfectionist you are. But, you can use q-tips and a little bit of alcohol to clean any leftover residue.

  • If there are watermarks, you can soak your pipe in a solution of warm water and lemon juice for 15 to 20 minutes and that should remove those pesky spots.
  • You can also freeze your piece to remove hardened buildups
  • If the piece you want to clean is a glass bong, the steps are virtually the same, but instead of submerging in a ziploc, you fill up your bong with the solution and shake vigorously.

Method 2 — Use Alternative Cleaning Solutions

Follow the same steps you would with the alcohol and salt method, but use your preferred solution instead. Also, you may want to freeze your glass piece first to allow the resin to harden which will allow you to dislodge easier.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Salt and vinegar
  • Baking soda and vinegar
  • Simple Green
  • Sand and water
  • 2-3 denture tablets

Method 3 — Use Boiling Water

If you don’t want to use the “salt & alcohol method” or another solution, you can use boiling water. The steps are virtually the same, but with a few notable exceptions:

Obviously, you won’t use a ziploc bag. Instead, bring water to a boil, reduce to simmer, and add your piece to the water.

Allow your pipe to soak for approximately 30 minutes, or an hour for dirtier pipes. After you’ve soaked it, remove from the water. Caution: When you remove the pipe it will be HOT! So make sure to use mittens!!

To remove residual particles, use a pipe cleaner or cotton swab. If there are still water stains, you can soak in a solution of two to three tablespoons of lemon juice. After you remove, allow to air dry.

Final Tips

Rather than wait months to clean your favorite piece, it’s much easier if you make it a regular habit to do a quick cleaning once a week. It takes no more than five minutes, but it will keep your piece in great condition, looking good, and allow you to avoid having to do more difficult cleanings. All you need to do is quickly rinse and soak the piece in a little alcohol or hot water solution, and you’ll ensure your favorite piece stays in great condition!

You have your favorite glass piece, but inevitably, it develops resin and other nasty residue. Most people don’t like a dirty pipe or bong. Worse, a dirty glass piece just doesn’t work as well as when it’s perfectly clean. So here are three clutch methods to clean your glass pipe: ]]>