In order to understand how to clean a one hitter, any smoker needs to know first how to light a one hitter. See, the key to cleaning a 1 hitter is to understand how it gets clogged with resin in the first place. Proper maintenance of glass, stone or metal pipes such as chillums is very important if you are going to make the most of your Me Time Box.
You can checkout our article on how to use a one hitter to get all the little details, but let’s do a quick happy kit review first. The end of the one hitter with the small bowl is what you would pack with your finely ground up medicine. The long stem is the end you smoke out of. If you can imagine, it is the bowl and the stem that get clogged with resin, and so those are the parts of the one hitter you will have to focus on cleaning.
When you go to light a one hitter, remember the cornering trick. Just hold the flame on the side of the bowl while you are inhaling and you will see that your inhale pulls the flame into the bowl and will only burn the very edge of your medicine. In this way you will be able to preserve your stash to make the most out of it and save your money.
When you light the bowl, the heat softens the medicine and the resin already caked inside your one hitter. If you find you are always lighting the same side of your bowl, you will find that is where the resin has become the hardest when it cools down. You can try rotating your glass smoking pipe to reduce the probability that you will have one place on your chillum that is harder to clean than others.
The first and most commonly used method to clean a one hitter is to use the paperclip method. I would recommend using your lighter to heat the outside section of your glass pipe that you are cleaning to soften up the resin. You then take your unfolded paperclip, or pipe cleaner, and begin scraping the inside of the bowl. You should start seeing a ball of resin form as you drag the edge of the metal paperclip around the edges of the bowl.
Be careful scraping too aggressively where the hole leading into the stem is, as that tends to be one of the weaker places in your glass pipe and where the one hitter is most likely to chip. Now when you move onto the stem, also be careful as the mouthpiece can be a weaker part of your one hitter as well. Use the lighter around the edge of the stem once the bowl has cooled down so you can hold onto it. Now take the paperclip and scrape out the stem of the glass chillum.
You should see clean glass shining through in no time and if you have a cool show to watch on tv, the time will fly. You will find that cleaning a one hitter can get kind of messy. Resin is super sticky and so you might want to invest in a strong soap like lava to clean your hands afterwards. It is also helpful to keep a paper towel nearby to wipe your paperclip clean.
Sometimes scraping a bowl or scraping an artisan chillum just won’t cut it. Sometimes you will want your one hitter to look as good as new. Here are a couple of methods of cleaning your glass pipe so that it looks like you just bought it. Nothing makes a smoking kit a very happy kit like having clean pipes.
You can boil your glass one hitter. If you elect to boil your glass one hitter, be careful not to boil the water too hard as the tumbling could break your glass smoking pipe. A nice low simmer will get it done. Just like using a lighter to soften the resin when you scrape a one hitter, the heat from the boiling water will soften and loosen the resin away from the glass. When done cleaning your one hitter with a solid boil, make sure to rinse it well after it cools down so that the resin does not harden again. If you rinse it in cool water before it cools, that could shatter the glass.
Another way to clean your 1 hitter, and probably the most full proof, is to use isopropyl alcohol. Your standard rubbing alcohol will work. Simply immerse your glass one hitter in the alcohol making sure there is no air trapped inside. The alcohol will quickly pull the resin away from the pipe, but it is okay to leave it in the alcohol for a while. In the end your clean glass one hitter will look as good as new. Just rinse it to get rid of the alcohol taste and you will be good to go.
Well those are our best tips for cleaning a one hitter. Now you can add it back into your Me Time smoking happy kit and show it off to all of your friends. If you know of any other ways to clean a one hitter, we would love to hear from you. We are always striving to make your Me Time as awesome as can be.