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.