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.
- ¼ cup (67 grams) coarse sea salt
- 6-8 tablespoons (89-118 milliliters) isopropyl alcohol, enough to submerge the piece fully in the bag
- 1 large zipper storage bag
- Cotton swabs
- Metal tongs with rubber pads
- Add the glass piece inside the storage bag.
- Pour in the sea salt and isopropyl alcohol, then close the bag.
- Shake vigorously for 1 minute.
- 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.)
- Every hour, come back and shake for 1 minute.
- 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.
- Remove the pipe with tongs, and use a cotton swab to scrub any remaining sticky spots inside the pipe.
- 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.
- 2 cups (250 milliliters) tap water
- 2 cups (260-265 milliliters) white or apple cider vinegar
- Metal tongs with rubber pads
- Small bottle brush
- Small saucepan
- 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.
- Let the water simmer for 1 hour or until the water becomes dark amber.
- 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.
- 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.
- 25.4 ounces (one 750 milliliter bottle) grain alcohol
- Glass 8-inch square baking dish
- Small rubber spatula
- 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.
- After 24 hours, plug the holes in the rig with your fingers and shake vigorously to dislodge the globs.
- Pour this mixture into the baking dish and cover with cheesecloth. Let the grain alcohol evaporate off for 1-2 days.
- Rise the rig under warm running water and place on a towel to dry.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Add the remaining vinegar to the pot. Let this sit for 5 minutes.
- Add enough water to fully cover the bong. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer.
- 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.
- Simmer the water for 1-2 hours, depending on resin buildup.
- 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.
- Gently scrub the inside of the bong with a bottle brush or toothbrush.
- Rinse the bong out with warm tap water and place onto the second towel. Air dry fully before use.
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.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
How to Clean a Bubbler Pipe – Easy-to Follow Instructions
Over time all smoking pipes with develop a resin on the interior of its walls, especialy when water is involved, as with bubbler pipes. Bubblers can be tricky to clean, but this article will offer the best practices for cleaning, plus useful tips to help get the bubbler completely clean of any resin.
by: Mathew H. | 10/21/19 1:30PM
Best Way to Clean a Bubbler
Versus some other smoking pipes, bubbler pipes are not the easiest to get thoroughly clean, so cleaning often is recommended. They are usually a single solid piece of material with some varying curves and tight spaces. Cleaning this kind of pipe is not something you want to put off or avoid, as it can negatively impact the quality of your smoke session.
In general, there are a few methods that are ideal for cleaning bubblers. Soaking is a popular method because of its ease. Granted, you will need to give your bubbler ample time to soak in the cleaning solution, but it is a great way to make sure all the little nooks and crannies are cleaned out. Scrubbing is another possible options, as long as you have the right kind of brush for the specific bubbler in mind.
The exact method you end up using to clean your bubbler is going to depend on the precise model you happen to have, as well as exactly how thorough of a cleaning you are looking to get into. It will also depend on the kind of cleaning solution you have access to and the material your bubbler is made out of. For example, cleaning solutions that are ideal for glass are not necessarily best for silicone.
However, the information you find in this article will give you a solid foundation to be able to successfully clean most bubblers you come across.
Step-by-Step Bubbler Cleaning Guide
The following are the general best steps to cleaning your bubbler hand pipe.
- Before any cleaning begins, drain your bubbler pipe of any water that may be present. If you have some stubborn water, shaking the bubbler will usually get the standing water out. Be sure not to drop the pipe during this process.
- Once the water has been removed, rinse the bubbler with hot water. This will be done on both the outside and inside of the pipe. The hot water rinse will knock larger hunks of gunk loose and will help prime the remainder to be cleaned in the following steps. Again, make sure to not drop the pipe.
- At this point, your chosen cleaning solution will be used, and what specifically you use will be up to your preference. Options include simple rubbing alcohol and salt, vinegar, or specialty cleaner, like 420 Cleaner. Whatever solution you use, once you have poured it in the pipe, vigorously shake the bubbler. Use your fingers to close any holes on the pipe so you do not spray solution everywhere.
- After shaking the solution inside your bubbler, allow the pipe to sit and soak. Depending on how thorough of a clean is needed, you may end up doing several cycles of introducing the solution, shaking, soaking, and shaking.
- With the solution still present in the bubbler, take a brush and gently scrub the inside of the pipe, as well as anywhere else that has residue. Specialty brushes are available for this purpose, but you can also use something like a general pipe cleaner or q-tip, depending on the exact bubbler you have.
- Once the bubbler has been scrubbed, dump the solution and rinse well with warm water. A good rinse is important because you do not want any residue from the cleaning solution getting smoked.
- Let the bubbler air dry until completely dry. Once this is done, the bubbler is ready for normal use.
Bubbler Pipe Cleaners
As alluded to in the step-by-step guide, you have a lot of options in what specific cleaning solution you use on your bubbler. Many prefer to go an all-natural route, which options include vinegar, boiling water, and salt (beware of boiling water as it has been known to crack or shatter glass pipes). If you are experimenting to see what cleaning solution is best for your needs, these are easy choices you may be able to find around your home. You can also get real specific and efficient by making sure that the cleaning solutions you are using are specifically for your bubbler pipe.
Specialty cleaners exist. In the case of cleaners like 420 Cleaner, some formulas are specific to the material your bubbler is made out of to make sure you not only get the best clean but you do not damage your pipe. 420 Cleaner also offers an all-natural product, which is ideal for wanting to go all-natural but still wanting the guiding hand of experts.
How to Clean a Bubbler with Vinegar
Vinegar is a decent choice for cleaning bubblers, both for glass and silicone. Most people have at least some vinegar around the house and it can make for a great cleaning agent if you are short on cash or simply do not feel like leaving the house for a more specialized pipe cleaner.
Before you apply the vinegar to your pipe, you will want to be sure to water it down removing chunks and loose resin to give the vinegar an opportunity to be an effective cleaning solution. Remember, your pipe is going to have prolonged contact with whatever cleaning solution you use. If you find that the vinegar is not cleaning to your expectations, you can try using a more concentrated dose, adding salt (which will help scrub services), or you can opt for a different kind of pipe cleaner.
How to Clean a Bubbler with Boiling Water
As you can imagine, cleaning with boiling water will have very clear advantages and disadvantages. It is one of the most efficient ways to clean your bubbler, as most stains and residue will not be able to withstand the extreme temperatures. It is also readily available, as practically anyone has both water and a means to boil it.
However, the method is clearly more dangerous than other cleaning techniques. You run the risk of injuring yourself, but you also run the risk of destroying your pipe. Especially if you are using this technique on glass pipes, the extreme temperatures can cause them to shatter. We recommend that this method not be used on older pipes that may hold sentimental value to you, as well as low-quality pipes that may be prone to shattering.
Also, you will need to be sure to allow the pipe to slowly cool down. Extreme temperature changes on glass can also cause it to shatter. For example, removing the pipe from boiling water and immediately placing it under cold water. As we have said, if you choose this method, it requires the utmost care to protect both yourself and your bubblers. If you are new to bubblers and cleaning in general, we recommend some of the other methods mentioned in this article.
How to Clean a Glass Bubbler
Very, very carefully. Glass is the most popular material for bubblers and it is during the cleaning process that most glass bubblers get damaged. Use care when shaking the bubbler to not throw or drop it accidentally. When soaking, make sure it is in a safe location where it can rest without risk of damage, and when brushing, make sure you do so gently without forcing a brush that may be too large for the given bubbler that you have.
As long as you pay attention to how you are handling the glass bubbler, you should be able to clean it without breaking it.
How to Clean a Silicone Bubbler
Silicone bubblers are a little more forgiving during the cleaning process. They are often resistant to breaking, are bendable, and are more likely to be made out of more than one piece of material. This means you will be able to disassemble the bubbler for a more thorough and easier clean.
Some silicone bubblers are a hybrid of silicone and glass. All that means is you will want to use care in which solutions you use (for example, a solution meant specifically for glass will not clean silicone well). Just be sure to separate the parts before cleaning for best results.
How to Clean Resin out of a Bubbler
Resin can be the stubborn foe of bubbler cleaning, especially if you are using a single piece glass bubbler. It can be hard to physically get to the resin in the various corners and nooks, and smaller bubblers make your options for brushes very limited. However, there are a few tips you can follow to do your best to beat the resin into submission.
First, use salt! Salt acts as a scrubbing agent in whatever solution you happen to be using. It can get into bubblers that other brushes may not be able to, and it can provide a more thorough clean. There is not a special step in cleaning when using salt. It does its job when you are shaking the bubbler with the solution inside, and the more salt the better.
Ample soaking is also key to getting the resin cleaned out. If you find that, after a soak, the resin is still present, consider soaking longer. If you are using vinegar, consider increasing its concentration. You may even want to dump out the used solution and use a fresh application of it.
You may simply need to use a different cleaning solution. If you are using home chemicals that are not getting the job done, consider a specialty solution like 420 Cleaner. This maybe your best bet for particularly stubborn resin.
Where to Buy Bubblers and Bubbler Cleaners
While it is growing increasingly more likely to find bubblers in head shops and even vape shops now, you are going to find the best selection and availability through online retailers. It is the best option to find a bubbler that perfectly fits what you are looking for as opposed to having to settle for a bubbler that just happens to be available.
You can find bubblers and bubbler cleaners here at nyvapeshop.com. Not only do we offer a fantastic selection of bubblers and pipe cleaners, but we offer free U.S. shipping with no minimum order required. That makes it easy to find the bubbler you want and get it in your hands without getting hammered with shipping.
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