How to clean glass bongs and pipes

How to clean glass bongs and pipes

How to clean glass bongs and pipes


How to clean glass bongs and pipes, Why you need to clean your glass bong or pipe

How to clean glass bongs and pipes After smoking out of a glass piece for a while, tar builds up, making hits harsher, perhaps inducing a coughing fit, and dulling the flavor of the smoke.

There’s nothing like taking a hit out of a freshly cleaned bong, pipe, or bubbler—you’ll be able to taste the flavor of the smoke and the strain, and hits won’t be as harsh.

You can always scrape a glass pipe for resin and take resin hits—we’ve all been there—but for better flavor, clean your piece and pack a fresh bowl of flower. Cleaning a glass bong or pipe is cheap and easy.

When to clean your bong or pipe

The short answer is: When it’s brown and full of tar. If you can’t see through the glass, it’s time for a clean. With bongs, if it’s hard to see the water, give it a clean.

How often you smoke out of a piece will depend on how often you need to clean it. Some folks will clean a glass pipe or bong every day if they use it a lot or if the piece is expensive.

Once a week is probably fine with a moderate amount of use. If you only smoke out of a piece occasionally, you can probably let it go longer. If it’s been months since you’ve cleaned a piece, it’s definitely time.

For bongs and bubblers, it’s a good idea to change the water before smoking once a day, or every time you use it. Water that sits in a piece too long will be full of tar and debris.

How to clean glass bongs and pipes

Methods to clean your bong or pipe

Cleaning a glass bong, pipe, or bubbler is easy. All you need is:

  • Isopropyl alcohol—70% works fine; 90% is better
  • Coarse salt

Salt isn’t necessary but it will help dislodge chunks of resin.

You can also buy specially made bong cleaners at a head shop or weed store, but they are often more expensive than isopropyl alcohol and have other chemicals in them that aren’t needed.

To clean a piece:

  • Pour out the water if it’s a bong or bubbler
  • Pour alcohol and coarse salt into the piece
  • Plug the holes and shake it for a minute or two
  • Pour out alcohol/salt mixture
  • Rinse with warm water to make sure no alcohol or salt are left
  • Let it dry until it doesn’t smell like alcohol (usually an hour or so)
  • Repeat if necessary

For tough tar, let the piece soak in alcohol for a few hours or overnight. You can also invest in a pipe brush and scrub it after pouring out the alcohol.

If a piece is small enough, soak the whole thing in a container with alcohol and salt.

Be careful not to break a glass piece when cleaning it. Cleaning involves vigorously shaking a glass piece and usually happens near a porcelain or metal sink—prime territory for breakage. You can place the piece on an old rag so it doesn’t break on a countertop.

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