Clean Resin from a Glass Pipe with Isopropyl and Salt


The basic principle behind cleaning a dirty pipe is using a scrubbing agent with a solvent. Regular or Kosher salt or baking soda works really well as a scrubbing agent. You can use rubbing alcohol, acetone, vinegar, or pipe cleaner as a solvent.

Method # 1 – Cleaning Glass Pipes Using Rubbing Alcohol & Salt


For this method you will need the following:

  • Dirty Pipe
  • Rubbing alcohol /Acetone
  • Table Salt
  • Electrical tape (Optional)
  • Water

Step # 1

Use the electrical tape to seal off the bowl and any other holes except the mouthpiece. If you don’t have electrical tape, then you can use your fingers to block the holes.

Step # 2

Step # 2

Grab the salt and put some inside the pipe through the mouthpiece. Do not fill it all up with the salt.

Step # 3

Step # 3

Now add the rubbing alcohol. If you also use acetone or nail polish remover instead. Make sure that you don’t fill it all up with the solvent. Leave some room inside for the cleaning solution to move around freely.

Step # 4

Step # 4

Seal the mouthpiece off with the electrical tape or block it with your thumb. Now shake the pipe. If you clean your pipe regularly, then 2/3 mins of shaking should do the job, or you might need to shake it for longer.

Step # 5

Remove the tape and rinse it out with tap water.

Method # 2 – Cleaning Glass Pipes Using Pipe Cleaner


For this method you will need:

  • 1 Ziploc bag
  • 1 Bottle of pipe cleaner
  • Dirty pipe

Step # 1

Place your dirty pipe in the Ziploc bag.

Step # 2

Step # 2

Pour the pipe cleaner into the bag. Make sure that you have enough liquid in there so you will be able to submerge your pipe. Now squeeze out the excess air and seal the bag up. You can also use coarse salt and rubbing alcohol instead of the pipe cleaner.

Step # 3

Step # 3

Start shaking the bag. You will start noticing that the pipe cleaner changes color and turning darker.

Step # 4

Take the pipe out of the bag and rinse it with warm water and wipe it down with a paper towel.

Method # 3 – Cleaning Glass Pipes Without Ru

Method # 3 – Cleaning Glass Pipes Without Rubbing Alcohol & Pipe Cleaner


If you don’t want to use alcohol or pipe cleaner then this method is perfect for your. For this method, you will need the following items:

  • 1 Dirty pipe
  • 1 Q-tip
  • Water
  • 1 Pot to boil water

Step # 1

Place a pot on the stove and boil some water. Make sure you have enough water to cover the pipe.

Step # 2

Submerge the pipe when the water simmer to boil. As the pipe boils, the water will evaporate. Make sure the water doesn’t evaporate entirely, or your pipe will crack. Allow your pipe to soak in the simmering water for 20-30 mins.

Step # 3

Remove the pot from the oven and drain the water. DO NOT put it under cold water, or the pipe will shatter. You can now hold the pipe with a kitchen mitt and use the Q-Tip to clean the chamber and the hole in the center to clean the remaining residue.


How to clean a glass pipe: vinegar and baking soda solution

What you need:
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Plastic container like Tupperware
  • Bong brush, pipe cleaner, or cotton swab (maybe let’s make it cotton swabs to be safe!)


The Parts of a Pipe

A pipe is made up of a few different pieces to help ensure your smoking experience goes well.

The Bowl

The bowl is what holds the grounds. Depending on the style of pipe you use, the bowl will vary in its depth.

The Carb

The carb is a small hole on the side of the pipe. This is what helps to clear out the chamber of old smoke. To use it, simply place your finger over it when you want to inhale smoke. Then, remove your finger when you’re done inhaling.

The Chamber

The chamber is what holds the smoke in the pipe. It is the section between the bowl and mouthpiece.

The Mouthpiece

As its name suggests, the mouthpiece is where you place your mouth to inhale smoke. The mouthpiece features a small hole at the top which you can use to do so.

Tips for Cleaning Your Pipe

Clean it Out Daily

One of the best ways you can keep your pipe clean and working for a long time is by giving it a daily clean. By just rinsing it out with some water, it will help to remove any resin created and cannabis particles left behind. This can prevent you from having to do time-consuming cleans often.

Try to Use a Natural Cleaner

While you use pipe cleaners and isopropyl alcohol to clean your pipe, using them often can eventually take a toll on your health. It’s not good for you to consume these products even if it’s just small traces accidentally left behind from cleaning. You want to try to use natural cleaners, like vinegar and lemon juice, to clean your pipe out.

To clean your pipe out with natural materials like vinegar or baking soda, you just need to clean it out exactly as the cleaning solution methods written about above. However, don’t put too much of the vinegar or baking soda into the pipe or it could end up causing a mess.

Don’t Go Overboard with Materials

It can be very easy to overspend on cleaning materials for your pipe. However, it’s important not to do so. While many cleaning products will market themselves as being the only way to clean a pipe, you can do the same exact thing they claim to do with just paper towels and water. The materials mentioned above are really the only things you need to use to successfully clean a pipe.

Be Gentle

When cleaning your pipe always be gentle. These are delicate products and scrubbing them too hard or letting them sit for an extended period in a cleaning solution can be very damaging. So, always take care when cleaning it.

Use Boiling Water

Water can help to clean out your pipe, but only boiling water will destroy germs. Because of this, it’s important to use boiling water with your pipe as much as you safely can. Sometimes you can even drop your pipe into a pot of boiling water to help clean it. However, this can be a very tricky thing to do so it’s a good idea not to try that unless you really know what you’re doing. Otherwise, your pipe could end up breaking.

Trying Freezing It

A unique way to help remove extremely hard buildup from your pipe is to put it into the freezer for about 15 minutes. Any resin inside it will inside harden which will make it easier for you to scrap it off.

If you want to try this, you’ll want to make sure your pipe stays in the freezer for about 15-30 minutes. However, be careful that you don’t keep it in the freezer for too long or the frigid temperatures could cause your pipe to crack or become damaged.

Keep in mind though that freezing the pipe doesn’t automatically clean it. This just helps to make the buildup harder so it’s easier to remove from the pipe. You’ll still need to use a cleaning method to sanitize it.

Use Screens

To help prevent yourself from inhaling particles when using your pipe and to help give yourself an easier time cleaning this device, it’s a good idea to consider investing in a screen. Screens come in many different types of materials (the two most popular being steel and brass) and prevent the pipe from becoming blocked and filled with tough resin. They often come in many different sizes as well so they fit a variety of pipe types.

Steel Screens

Steel screens are extremely durable ones to invest in, but they do have a few drawbacks. They’re not good to use with glass pipes and need to be cleaned regularly. However, they do last for a long time which is a plus.

If you’re looking to use a steel screen you should check out the Mudder Stainless Steel Pipe Screens. These screens measure ¾ inches across and come in a pack of 150 pieces. They have a universal fitting feature so they will easily attach to any type of pipe. They are reusable and can be cleaned easily without fear of them rusting. The screens also come with a special storage box you can use to keep them safe and dust-free.

Brass Screens

Brass Screens

Unlike steel screens, brass screens are great to use with glass pipes. They tend to be very flexible so they can adjust easily to different pipe types and also don’t scratch easily which is ideal.

A great brass screen product to try is the Grimm Brass Screens. These screens come in a ¾ inch diameter and in a pack of 50. They are very easy to install and can be taken out and exchanged for a clean screen quickly. They’re also extremely affordable.

How to Clean a Glass Pipe Step #3

Solvents like alcohol, ethanol, and acetone are used to extract cannabis oil compounds from plants and clean up the residue afterwards. Isopropyl is available at most grocers and acetone at hardware stores. If you’re using alcohol, the higher the percentage of alcohol, the better. In addition, if you’re using acetone, be careful to avoid too much skin contact for extended periods of time and rinse of any spills as soon as possible.


Water Softener Resin Beads in Pipes – How Did This Happen?

So how do these resin beads get out of the water softener tank and into your plumbing system? It can happen if the membrane that holds the resin beads in place breaks, then beads are free to travel throughout your plumbing system. 

A common telltale sign that the membrane has broken is low water pressure. If water isn’t coming out as forcefully in showers or faucets, look for grit in the showerheads and faucet screens; resins break down over time and once they get into the water line wind up clogging showerheads and faucet screens. And, of course, that you see the resin beads coming out of your faucet.

How to Clean a Glass Bong Fast Easy

Now that we’ve looked at the tools required for cleaning a bong, it’s time to get right down to the nitty-gritty details of what the process entails. However, you’re probably still wondering how to clean a glass bong properly. Understandable.

No one wants to be the goofy smoker that shatters their favorite pipe while clumsily trying to clean it. Read on to learn how to clean glass bong.

Using the Home Remedies

As you probably realized every home remedy is a little bit different. However, there are some generalities. Here’s how to clean a glass bong easily.

Before you get started, you will want to remove all of the loose parts. This includes the bowl, and the stem if it comes out (we will go over how to clean glass bong bowl and how to clean glass bong stem in a moment).

Next, it starts with choosing the cleaning agent of your choice. We’ve listed a number of at home solutions above, pick one and apply it to the interior of your bong. Naturally, it’s important that the solution makes contact with the resin you are trying to remove.

If your bong has a percolator, you will want to expose it to your solution as well.

Baking soda, bleach or acetone tend to have the best effect with loosen the resin build up in the biggest problem areas. In these cases, let the solution sit for several hours, or even overnight for best results. After a little bit of time, you should be able to scrub off the remaining resin via a toothbrush, pipe cleaners or some other gentle cleaning device.

That’s how to clean a glass bong the old-fashioned way. Alternatively, though, you can also go totally natural with boiling water which has always been an effective route to go.

How to Clean a Glass Bong with Boiling Water

This method is all natural but also a little bit risky, and it only works for moderately sized pieces.

First, fill a large saucepan big enough to contain your bong with water. Bring that water to boil, then stir in a small amount of lemon juice.

When the water has reached a rolling boil, submerge the bong completely, allowing the water to remove the built-up resin. Be warned that this method has been known to crack pieces on occasion.

How to Clean a Glass Bong Bowl & Stem

You can actually clean a glass bong bowl and stem

You can actually clean a glass bong bowl and stem the same way you might clean a pipe itself. Pour cleaning alcohol and hot water into a sturdy zip bag, add salt (the bigger the grain, the better) insert the piece, and shake vigorously.

You may need to repeat this process several times until the bowl and stem are completely free of resin. If you’re having problems, you may need to let the pieces sit in solution for a few hours or overnight for best results.

How to Clean A Bong With Store-Bought Solutions

The best way to clean a bong using store-bought solutions is to follow the instructions on the label. Industrial chemicals are usually how to clean a glass bong fast but caution is necessary because you may not know what exact ingredients they are using in their cleaning solution.

Usually, it’s a matter of pouring in the chemical cleaning agent and allowing it to sit for a little bit of time. However, each product is unique so be careful and read the instructions first.

Things You’ll Need

  • 91% Isopropyl Alcohol (91%, not 70%)
  • Large grained salt, like kosher salt
  • Plastic container with lid (leak proof is a good idea)
  • Toothpicks, Q-tips, pipe cleaners, etc.

About Leaff

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