Nothing is worse than hitting someone’s pipe and catching a mouthful of gnarly resin. Don’t be that guy and try to clean your pipe regularly. Clear out a bong after each use, and treat your pipe to a wash every week. Water can attract mold. Mold does not belong in your mouth or lungs.
How to Clean a Glass Pipe
- Grab a simple Tupperware container sized a little larger than the pipe you plan to clean
- Place the pipe inside and add just enough isopropyl alcohol to cover it
- Seal the container and gently swish the alcohol around to fully break up the resinous stains on your piece
- Let the pipe soak in closed container for about two hours (Leave overnight for extra stubborn, filthy pieces)
- Open up the container and carefully drain the alcohol down a sink
- Lay a paper towel over the sink drain to catch resin chunks (some smokers like to keep this runoff for a rainy low supply day)
- Run your pipe under hot water over your makeshift paper towel strainer until water runs clear
- If there are any excess patches of grossness, simply attack it with a pipe cleaner or q-tip
Cleaning Tips for Miscellaneous Pipes
- Stone or Ceramic Pipes –
Don’t soak these puppies. Cleaning stone faced pipe is as easy as swabbing with a tiny bit of isopropyl alcohol in hard to reach nooks and crannies.
- Metal Pipes
Boil metal pipes you use in water for 20 minutes. This will cause resin to fall away
- Wood, Bone, or other Natural Material Pipes
DO NOT use isopropyl alcohol or anything else abrasive on these pipes. Having something so naturally beautiful is a true labor of love and dedication. These pipes require extra, substance free cleanings with gentle pipe cleaners or q-tips.