You know how it feels. You love to shop for glass pipes. Finding the perfect one to add to your collection gives a new thrill to enjoying your favorite type of leaf. Smoking with a new pipe just feels invigorating.🏃
Then there’s the fun of showing off your super cool new triple blown glass pipe to your smoke buddies. Passing that new bad boy around so everyone can enjoy the colors and shimmering glass makes a smoke session more enjoyable.
The part you may forget about or put off involves cleaning your glass pipe. Developing a regular cleaning ritual will provide you with the most efficient smoking effects, hit after hit.
Glass pipes that get cleaned regularly also last longer. Any way that you can stretch your dollar 💲 is helpful. This proves especially true when it comes to the dedicated investment you put into your smoking utensils.
So stop procrastinating and let us show you just how easy it is to scrub your beautiful glass pipe clean. Once you get the hang of it, it won’t feel like just another chore to do.
Assemble Your Cleaning Supplies
The first step is to gather all your cleaning supplies together. Here are the basics that you will need:
- Bottle of rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol)
- Sea salt or Epsom salt
- Plastic sandwich baggie
- Pipe cleaners
- Cotton swabs
- A pair of rubber gloves 🧤
The ingredients are simple, inexpensive, and most of them are available at your local grocery store. If you’re out of the sandwich baggies, you can use any type of plastic, metal, or ceramic container instead.
Pipe cleaners can be purchased from online and other smoking resource stores. They are also available at most arts and craft-type shops.
Many people find it convenient to keep their cleaning supplies together for ease of access. Stash them in a decorative or discreet bag or box somewhere you can easily grab them when it’s time for a cleaning jag.
How to Clean Your Triple Blown Glass Pipe
Take your glass pipe and push some salt 🧂 into all of the crevices. Place the pipe inside the sandwich baggie or other container you are using. Pour enough rubbing alcohol into the bag to envelop the pipe.
The salt adds needed friction that helps clean out the interior of the pipe. The rubbing alcohol helps to dissolve any leftover herbs that cling to the pipe.
If left uncleaned, this residue will reduce the amount and impact of each drag you take off your pipe. The longer it’s left uncleaned, the more difficult it is to remove.
Seal the bag tightly and shake it vigorously. The liquid in the bag will start to become murky. Pause a few times during the shaking process to add more sea salt.
If your glass pipe hasn’t been cleaned in a long time or is proving to be stubborn about bath time, take it out of the bag. Rinse it with hot water and apply more salt. Place the pipe in a clean bag, add more alcohol, and repeat the shaking process.
If you’re not in a hurry to use your glass pipe, you can let it soak overnight.
Next, stick a pipe cleaner into any area you can’t reach from the exterior. This includes the opening at the mouthpiece, all the way through the stem. Use the cotton swabs to assist the pipe cleaner in performing a thorough cleaning of any debris left over.
Rinse the bowl thoroughly with hot water 💧. Once you have completed the cleaning process, you can run a clean, dry pipe through the stem a few times to absorb any leftover liquid.
Cleaning your triple blown glass pipe in this manner only takes about 10-15 minutes. Turn on a favorite jam 🎤 to listen to while you prep your pipe for its next adventure.
Easy Alternative Cleaning Methods
Sometimes you need a quick clean but don’t have your handy dandy cleaning supplies nearby. We can think of a couple of old-fashioned ways to get the job done in a pinch.
Boil water in a pot on the stove 🥘. You’ll want to turn the oven vent up high to help reduce any odors. Drop the pipe in the water and let the boiling process help loosen up any residue in the pipe.
Take the pipe out of the water. Either let it sit just long enough to cool off or give it a quick rinse in cool tap water. Use the pipe cleaner and cotton swabs as previously directed.
Be warned that this old-fashioned cleaning method will likely result in a thin, sticky residue in the cooking pot. There may also be some on the outside of the pipe. Some elbow grease 💪 and repeated scrubbing will take care of that.
If you’re really desperate for a glass pipe cleaning and a visit to the stove-top isn’t possible, use a solution you can really sink your teeth into.
Your grandparents and their peers swear by products like Efferdent. These senior citizens use it to soak their dentures 🦷 in overnight, but it has a secret application, too.
Follow the instructions on the box for filling a glass with water and adding the denture cleaner. Drop your triple blown glass pipe in it and tuck it in for the night. The ingredients in the cleanser will help loosen and remove stubborn residue in your pipe.
Make sure to thoroughly rinse the pipe after and follow the pipe cleaner and cotton swab instructions. It may not be your first choice to clean your glass pipe this way, but it will do in a pinch.