How to Clean a Bubbler Pipe
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A glass smoking pipe can get pretty dingy with frequent use. After a while, the pipe will darken and take on a fogged appearance as sticky residue builds up on the inside, creating a breeding ground for bacteria and making for an unpleasant smoking experience. Furthermore, the slender construction and peculiar shape of many glass pipes makes them difficult to clean using conventional methods. A special DIY cleansing solution and a little ingenuity, however, will help you get the job done in just a few minutes. Simply mix rubbing alcohol and coarse salt and shake them through the pipe to get it looking as good as new again.
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You can easily clean out your glass pipe with some rubbing alcohol and some coarse-grained salt. Start by emptying the dirty water from the pipe and rinsing it out with hot water to flush out any loose particles inside of it. Then, slowly pour rubbing alcohol through the top of the pipe to fill it to roughly the same level as the water line. Add in a couple of spoonfuls of coarse-grained salt such as raw sea salt, kosher salt, or Epsom salt. Cover the openings of the pipe with your hands and shake it vigorously to slosh the solution around inside of it. The alcohol will kill bacteria and sterilize it and the salt will act as an abrasive to remove the residue from the glass. When you’re finished, pour out the solution, and rinse out the pipe with clean water. For tips about how to clean the bowl and stem of your bubbler pipe, keep reading!
A glass smoking pipe can get pretty dingy with frequent use. After a while, the pipe will darken and take on a fogged appearance as sticky residue builds up on the inside, creating a breeding ground for bacteria and making for an…