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Smoking Guides: How to Clean A Glass Pipe or One Hitter

Need to learn how to clean a glass pipe with standard household items? Look no further with this handy guide from Me Time Box Products.

  • Paperclip Poking Method
  • Solvent + Salt Method
  • Boil the Glass Pipe

A glass pipe looks so beautiful and pristine when you first get it. The swirls of color and smooth curves draw your attention like a piece of meticulously and passionately constructed art.

It does not take too long for that same glass smoking pipe to turn black with resin, become a clogged glass pipe and for that resin to start creeping onto your fingers and lips like some symbiote alien from another planet.

For many of us, a resinated bowl is just too much to deal with. The act of cleaning a glass pipe just seems overwhelming and ends up being the reason why we go off and purchase another smoking pipe of some sort.

In all reality, if you want to know how to clean a glass pipe, it isn’t very hard. I don’t know how many pipes I have cleaned, but it’s second nature now. There are three main methods that I have used to clean a one hitter, cleaning my bong, cleaning a bubbler or cleaning a glass pipe.

My strategy for teaching you how to clean a one hitter is slightly different because of the size difference, but these basic methods still apply.

Let’s focus on cleaning a regular glass pipe for now.

The Paper Clip Poking Method

The first method I will review is the paperclip method. For this method you will need the following.

  • A paper clip
  • A paper towel
  • A lighter
  • A dirty glass pipe
  • Your hands
  • Your Fav Netflix show

For me, finding an awesome show or movie on Netflix, Hulu or cable (if you still have cable) is key.

Step 1: To get started, unfold a couple of inches from the paperclip and start with the little hole in the bowl.

Step 2: Turn the bowl upside down and hold the lighter’s flame to it for a while until the resin softens. When you start scraping with the paper clip, be careful, the glass can be a little thinner in this section of the glass pipe you are cleaning and can chip. After you have cleared the hole, scrape the edge of the bowl and you should have a black ball of resin forming that I will let you decide what to do with.

Step 3: The paper towel, or some very disposable cloth, should be used to wipe the paperclip clean.

Step 4: Now move onto the mouthpiece. The glass around the hole of the mouthpiece can also be prone to chipping so be careful with the mighty piece of metal you are using to clean your glass pipe.

[ Pro Tip] It may also be worth it to use a lighter on the outside portions of the bowl you are scraping. The heat will help soften the resin to make the scraping easier. Be careful not to burn yourself.

Step 5: Scrape out the stem of your glass pipe and you will being pulling out large gobs of resin. Again, you can decide what to do with that. You can also consider using the carb hole on the side of the bowl to extract some of the resin. The carb hole gives you access to some of the inside crannies of the bowl that are otherwise tough to reach.

Step 6: You may need to tap the bowl gently against the paper towel to get some of the resin to fall out.

Cleaning a glass pipe with a paperclip is really just a short-term fix your dirty glass pipe.

Using a Solvent + Salt

The next level of cleaning is using solvents such ass rubbing alcohol. I prefer using isopropyl rubbing alcohol to clean a glass pipe, because is the easiest and most thorough.

Isopropyl alcohol is cheap to purchase, but you do have the added cost of buying rubbing alcohol for cleaning your glass pipe.

Step 1: Pour the rubbing alcohol into a clear container of some sort and immerse your bowl in it.

Step 2: Mix in 1/4 cup of salt as well. The alcohol and salt bring will do the rest of the work.

Step 3: Leave and come back in three hours. You may have to rinse the pipe with some clean fresh water after you pull the pipe out of the alcohol, but it should look as good as new afterwards.

Let the pipe dry and take a couple of dry pulls to make sure it doesn’t taste like alcohol. If it does, give it another rinse. Voila! You are done.

Boil the Glass Pipe

You can also boil your bowl if that is better than buying alcohol.

Step 1: Get a pot and fill it with water

Step 2: Add your glass pipe

Step 3: Boil the glass pipe for 20 minutes

Step 4: Let cool and wipe down with a dry cloth

The boiling method is not quite as effective as alcohol and you may still need your trusty paperclip to get the soft boiled resin out of the pipe.

Also, your glass pipe will rattle around in a pot of hard boiling water, which could cause it to break. You do not need a hard boil to get the pipe clean. If the glass pipe cracks a little and you are wondering if you should be smoking out a cracked glass pipe, just toss it and get your free glass smoking pipes on us.

And, remember the laws of thermodynamics. If you run cold water over your glass bowl right after you pulled it off the burner, you are not likely to have a glass pipe anymore, but instead a pile of shattered glass which you cannot smoke out of.

Those are the methods I have used to clean a glass pipe. If you have any better ideas on how to clean a glass pipe, we would love to hear from you.

In the meantime, get some lava soap and scrub your hands well. You may need some fingernail trimmers as well.

That way the next day you won’t be worrying that other people in your office are noticing the resin under your nails and you can continue to enjoy life, every day.

Need help learning how to clean a glass pipe? Read this Smoking Guide to cleaning a glass pipe and a one hitter so your hits are clean and smooth, every time.

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. ]]>