Before you begin cleaning your pipe, gather the following ingredients and materials:
Leave the pipe to soak in the bag or container for about 12 hours. This will give the alcohol enough time to thoroughly dissolve the resin.
Coarse sea salt is typically used to clean bongs and other water pipes, but table or Epsom salt is usually enough to clean a pipe. If your pipe is particularly dirty or filled with old, hard resin, try using coarse salt.
Shake the bag vigorously to loosen residual resin. If you’re using a container, skip this step to avoid breaking your pipe.
Now that you have what you need to adequately clean your pipe, follow the steps below:
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After you’ve let your pipe soak for 12 hours and given it a good shake, remove your pipe from the bag and wash with hot water and dish soap. If you have any stubborn resin still clinging to your pipe, try removing it with a paperclip or pipe cleaners, but only if it won’t do damage to your pipe. You can also try using a pipe cleaner or cotton swab. After you’ve washed the pipe, give it a final rinse with just hot water.
Give your pipe ample time to sit and dry before you use it again. If your pipe isn’t totally clean before you begin drying, repeat the previous steps and make sure to add new salt, as the salt from the first round of cleaning will have been largely dissolved.
Add a teaspoon of table salt (sodium chloride) or Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate). Either will work. Salt will act as a scrubber or sponge on resin where an actual sponge or brush can’t reach. Work the salt into the pipe as much as possible to ensure it’s fully doing the work of deep cleaning.
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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.
Here are a few ideas:
Step 3: Place Your Piece in a Ziploc Bag
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.
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.
- 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
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.
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 7: Buff Up Your Piece With Q-Tips or Cotton
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: