4 Simple Ways to Keep Your Pipe, Bubbler, Rig or Bong Clean
There is nothing that brings a sesh down faster than a dirty pipe , bubbler , rig , or bong chalked in a gross amount of resin. This article will break down how to clean each kind of glass in a few easy steps with the simplest ingredients.
These six household staples — sea salt, isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol, tap water, grain alcohol, baking soda, and vinegar — are common key ingredients that can turn your goopy piece brand spanking new.
How to Clean Pipes Using Rubbing Alcohol and Sea Salt
When it comes to bowls, Sherlocks, chillums, one-hitters, and steamrollers — sea salt and isopropyl alcohol are best. This combination of two popular household items is the quickest way to clean popular dry glass pieces.
- ¼ cup (67 grams) coarse sea salt
- 6-8 tablespoons (89-118 milliliters) isopropyl alcohol, enough to submerge the piece fully in the bag
- 1 large zipper storage bag
- Cotton swabs
- Metal tongs with rubber pads
- Add the glass piece inside the storage bag.
- Pour in the sea salt and isopropyl alcohol, then close the bag.
- Shake vigorously for 1 minute.
- Let the mixture soak sitting against a wall upright for 4-5 hours. (Make sure the glass piece is fully covered by the sea salt and isopropyl alcohol mixture.)
- Every hour, come back and shake for 1 minute.
- After 4-5 hours, the isopropyl alcohol mixture should become brown. This is all from the dissolved resin. Shake for 2-3 minutes to dislodge any resin plugs.
- Remove the pipe with tongs, and use a cotton swab to scrub any remaining sticky spots inside the pipe.
- Rinse under warm running tap water to clean your pipe fully and dry on a towel before use.
How to Clean Bubblers Using Vinegar and Heat
The beautiful child of a dry glass pipe and a bong, otherwise known as a bubbler, is best cleaned in boiled vinegar and water. So simple, right? Common household solvents such as isopropyl alcohol are safe when handled correctly, but solvents aren’t for everyone. This is where simple tap water and vinegar can come to the rescue.
- 2 cups (250 milliliters) tap water
- 2 cups (260-265 milliliters) white or apple cider vinegar
- Metal tongs with rubber pads
- Small bottle brush
- Small saucepan
- Add the water, vinegar, and bubbler to the small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer or the lowest setting on the stove. Warning: Never place a cold pipe into boiling water. It will crack.
- Let the water simmer for 1 hour or until the water becomes dark amber.
- After 1 hour, gently pick up the bubbler and swish it around in the water to dislodge any plugs. Using a bottle brush, gently scrub the bubbler while plunged in the vinegar water.
- Gently remove the glass and rise under warm running tap water. Place onto a towel to cool and dry completely before use.
How to Clean Dab Rigs Using Grain Alcohol
Did you ever wonder if you could use the honey amber colored oil stuck within your oil rig? It’s called reclaim — and you can. Reclaim is decarboxylated , full of cannabinoids , and high in CBN . There is debate whether reclaim should be used, but as long as it isn’t reclaimed using a solvent, it should be safe, albeit undesirable to some. If you’re interested in adding it to edibles, use grain alcohol.
- 25.4 ounces (one 750 milliliter bottle) grain alcohol
- Glass 8-inch square baking dish
- Small rubber spatula
- Pour the grain alcohol into your rig until the inside is filled up fully. Place in a safe spot and let it soak for 24 hours.
- After 24 hours, plug the holes in the rig with your fingers and shake vigorously to dislodge the globs.
- Pour this mixture into the baking dish and cover with cheesecloth. Let the grain alcohol evaporate off for 1-2 days.
- Rise the rig under warm running water and place on a towel to dry.
- After the alcohol has been evaporated, scrape the honey oil from the dish.
How to Clean Bongs Using Baking Soda and Vinegar
No one likes a dirty bong. Thankfully, a little patience, baking soda, vinegar, and hot water will solve this problem. Note: These instructions are for bongs 18 inches or smaller
- 4 cups (about 1 liter) white or apple cider vinegar
- 2 cups (460 grams) baking soda, plus an additional ½ cup (115 grams) baking soda in reserve
- Tap water
- 19 ½-inch tall (50 centimeters) 40 quart/10 gallon (37.9 liters) stock pot
- Bottle brush or toothbrush
- Measuring cup
- Metal tongs with rubber pads
- 2 towels
- Place the bong into the stock pot. Pour in 1/2 cup (115 grams) baking soda down the bong stem. Pour the remaining 1 1/2 cups (345 grams) of baking soda into the bottom of the pot. Set the ½ cup baking soda in reserve to the side.
- Slowly pour 1 cup (250 milliliters) of vinegar down the bong stem. This will cause an instant fizzy reaction creating carbonic acid. This will quickly dissipate into carbon dioxide gas and fizzle out.
- Add the remaining vinegar to the pot. Let this sit for 5 minutes.
- Add enough water to fully cover the bong. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer.
- Watch the water level and do not let the bong become exposed to air, or else the bong will crack. Add more water if needed to keep it waterlogged.
- Simmer the water for 1-2 hours, depending on resin buildup.
- After the time is up, turn off the heat. Gently pull out the bong with the tongs and drain the liquid. Place onto a towel. Carefully pour the remaining reserve baking soda into the bong. Add a few tablespoons of the vinegar water to make a paste.
- Gently scrub the inside of the bong with a bottle brush or toothbrush.
- Rinse the bong out with warm tap water and place onto the second towel. Air dry fully before use.
Jessica Catalano is a professional cannabis chef, cannabis edibles expert, recipe developer, cannabis food writer, the pioneer of strain-specific cannabis cuisine, and author of The Ganja Kitchen Revolution: The Bible of Cannabis Cuisine published by Green Candy Press. Jessica explores the health benefits of using cannabis in everyday cooking, balanced nutrition, and an overall healthy lifestyle. Her penchant in life is to normalize cannabis through food and start the conversation one recipe at a time.
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Have you noticed your water pressure just isn’t what it used to be? If you live in a state that has hard water, like Arizona, Utah, Texas, Nevada, or Idaho, you may have a buildup of scale throughout your plumbing. Here at Landmark Home Warranty, we may have a solution! This is an overnight and natural solution that will help you dissolve some of the scale buildup in your pipes.
States like Arizona, Utah, Texas, Nevada, or Idaho have a higher chance of having their home systems and appliances breaking down faster than their intended lifespan because of hard water scale. Read through our article Hard Water vs. Soft Water to learn more about what hard water is and why it can leave behind scale in your pipes and appliances. When rainwater goes into the ground, it dissolves minerals in the rock and carries them into the piping of your home. Then, when that water is heated, it leaves minerals behind on your showerheads, glasses, dishwashers and other home appliances and fixtures. This is called scale. That hot water within your pipes leaves a bit of scale behind while it is traveling to your sink, shower, or washer. That’s why you may need to get rid of the scale within your pipes.
But how do you know your pipes have scale inside of them? One way that you may know is if the water pressure within your home seems to decrease over time. That is sometimes due to the showerhead or faucet collecting scale. Before you worry about descaling your entire plumbing system, first try Landmark Home Warranty’s DIY tip on How to Make Your Showerhead Like New. If the water pressure hasn’t gotten any better, then try to descale your plumbing using this natural overnight tip.
Here is a quick, overnight DIY tip to de-scale your pipes, increase your water flow, and save yourself a lot of money each month!
Here is what you’ll need:
– 2-gallon jug of vinegar
– Water heater
HOME WARRANTY TIP:
You may be wondering why we will be using a water heater to clean out the scale in the plumbing. Since scale is built up only by hot water releasing the minerals onto different surfaces, only the hot water plumbing lines will need to be cleaned, and those come directly from your water heater.
1. TURN YOUR WATER HEATER OFF
If your water heater is electric, make sure to turn your water heater off. If it is a gas powered heater, turn the light to “pilot” and turn off the water supply valves to your tank.
2. ATTACH A GARDEN HOSE TO THE BOTTOM VALVE OF YOUR WATER HEATER
You’ll need to drain part of your water heater in order to put some vinegar inside of it. To do this, you will also need to turn on the hot water faucets within your home. This reduces the vacuum that is created when you start to drain your tank.
3. DRAIN PART OF YOUR TANK
You will be putting in a two-gallon jug of vinegar, so drain approximately two gallons of water from your tank.
3. POUR TWO GALLONS OF VINEGAR INTO YOUR WATER TANK.
To do this, you will have to open one of the holes going into the tank.
5. TURN WATER HEATER AND HOT WATER SUPPLY VALVES BACK ON
This will make sure the vinegar and water mixture will go through the plumbing in your home.
4. OPEN HOT WATER TAPS AROUND THE HOUSE UNTIL YOU SMELL VINEGAR.
10. FLUSH WATER UNTIL YOU CAN NO LONGER SMELL VINEGAR
Although vinegar isn’t dangerous to eat or drink, that doesn’t mean that you want to!
There you have it! Your pipes should hopefully be cleaned from a bit of the scale build-up. If your water pressure still isn’t what you want it to be, you can try this a few more times as there might be some stubborn scale that hasn’t gotten dissolved. If that still doesn’t help with your water pressure, you should call your home warranty company or plumber because it could point to bigger problems within your pipes. Here at Landmark Home Warranty, we enjoy teaching people about how to fix problems that could be causing you and your family stress about being homeowners. If you want to learn more about plumbing issues you may be experiencing, check out our plumbing articles here. You can also explore more about how a home warranty can protect your home by reading through our homeowner reviews, written by homeowners just like you!
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If your water pressure just isn't what it used to be, you may need to descale your plumbing.