Best Ways to Clean Glass Pipes
Leave your smoking equipment on that table for too long and it’ll start growing mold. Whether you use bongs, dab rigs, or other glass smoking equipment, you need to pay special attention to keeping it clean. For starters, you should change the water in your bong every day.
What do you do when your glass pipes look like they’ve seen better days and a simple wash won’t cut it? These five tips can restore it to its former glory.
1. Separate the components
If you’re going for a deep clean, you need to pick the equipment apart. A bong typically has a detachable stem and bong. Your dab rig has a nail, a carb cap, and other components. It is common to find that resin has stuck two components together. If this happens, don’t worry, just move on to the next step.
2. Soak and wipe
Now that you have the multiple components, get a large wide bowl or a zip lock bag and soak the parts in hot water. Make sure they’re all submerged. Smoking equipment withstands high temperatures, so rest assured that it won’t crack. After soaking until the water goes cold, use a cotton swab to wipe off as much resin as you can. The cleaning agents will do the rest.
3. Alcohol and salt
Grainy salt acts as a great scrub for glass. Empty the bowl, then soak the pieces in 90% isopropyl alcohol and about 3 spoons of large-grained salt. For the larger pieces, you have to cover both ends and shake until the salt scrubs every nook and cranny.
4. Vinegar and baking soda
If your case is a bit tougher, you can try soaking them in vinegar and baking soda solution. This method is more abrasive, so you shouldn’t do it too often, only when absolutely necessary.
You can prevent sticky buildup, discoloration, and mold growth by changing the water in your bong after every use, and doing a thorough wash at least once a week.
Why Clean Glass?
Clean glass will make sure you are inhaling good smoke and not to many germs or unwanted debris. Clean glass gives you the feeling of a new hit every time. Not saying clean after every smoke sesh but it might be wise to clean it every other week depending on how often you blaze.