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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.

Ingredients
  • ¼ cup (67 grams) coarse sea salt
  • 6-8 tablespoons (89-118 milliliters) isopropyl alcohol, enough to submerge the piece fully in the bag
Materials
  • 1 large zipper storage bag
  • Cotton swabs
  • Metal tongs with rubber pads
  • Towel
Directions
  1. Add the glass piece inside the storage bag.
  2. Pour in the sea salt and isopropyl alcohol, then close the bag.
  3. Shake vigorously for 1 minute.
  4. 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.)
  5. Every hour, come back and shake for 1 minute.
  6. 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.
  7. Remove the pipe with tongs, and use a cotton swab to scrub any remaining sticky spots inside the pipe.
  8. 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.

Ingredients
  • 2 cups (250 milliliters) tap water
  • 2 cups (260-265 milliliters) white or apple cider vinegar
Materials
  • Metal tongs with rubber pads
  • Small bottle brush
  • Small saucepan
  • Stove
  • Towel
Directions
  1. 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.
  2. Let the water simmer for 1 hour or until the water becomes dark amber.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Ingredients
  • 25.4 ounces (one 750 milliliter bottle) grain alcohol
Materials
  • Glass 8-inch square baking dish
  • Cheesecloth
  • Small rubber spatula
  • Towel
Directions
  1. 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.
  2. After 24 hours, plug the holes in the rig with your fingers and shake vigorously to dislodge the globs.
  3. Pour this mixture into the baking dish and cover with cheesecloth. Let the grain alcohol evaporate off for 1-2 days.
  4. Rise the rig under warm running water and place on a towel to dry.
  5. 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

Ingredients
  • 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
Materials
  • 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
Directions
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Add the remaining vinegar to the pot. Let this sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Add enough water to fully cover the bong. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer.
  5. 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.
  6. Simmer the water for 1-2 hours, depending on resin buildup.
  7. 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.
  8. Gently scrub the inside of the bong with a bottle brush or toothbrush.
  9. Rinse the bong out with warm tap water and place onto the second towel. Air dry fully before use.

Jessica Catalano

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.

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

3 Clutch Ways to Clean Your Glass Pipe

By Adam Schmidt

You have your favorite glass piece, but inevitably, it develops resin and other nasty residue. Most people don’t like a dirty pipe or bong. Worse, a dirty glass piece just doesn’t work as well as when it’s perfectly clean. So here are three clutch methods to clean your glass pipe:

Method One: The Salt & Alcohol Method

Step 1: Gather Supplies

Most of the supplies you can find either laying around your house, or you can pick up at the drug or hardware store.

Here’s what you’ll need…

  • A bottle of rubbing alcohol (90% isopropyl is more effective than a watered-down 71% solution)
  • Salt: Kosher, epsom or sea salt
  • A plastic sandwich bag
  • Rubber gloves (optional)
  • Cotton swabs and/or q-tips

Step 2: De-Gunk Your Piece

Next, you’ll need to remove any loose particles from your piece. You can do this by running the dirty glass piece through hot water and/or holding it upside and gently tapping. You can use a pipe cleaner or a paperclip to dislodge much of the resin. Be gentle — even in the tough spots — so that you don’t break it. Don’t worry about getting everything as you’ll loosen the harder spots when you soak.

Step 3: Place Your Piece in a Ziploc Bag

Fill your ziploc bag with rubbing alcohol, and then place your piece in ensuring it is totally submerged. The alcohol will break down all the resin and tar so that you can more easily remove stains.

Step 4: Add Salt

Generously add salt to the mixture. Salt acts as a mild abrasive allowing you to scrub off the residual particles. It will also help you reach place with a brush or sponge that would normally be difficult to reach. Everyone has a different preference for what kind of salt they like to use. I prefer kosher salt.

Step 5: Seal Bag, and Shake Rapidly

Seal the bag and shake the pipe in the bag until you’ve worked in the salt to all parts of your piece. Do this for a solid 90 seconds to two minutes (or until visibly clean). You can try putting your hands in the bag and using your fingers to close off the openings of the pipe, allowing you shake the mixture inside the chamber.

Step 6: Pour Out, Rinse & Repeat

By this point, the solution will appear dark brown (and nasty). Pour it out and refill the bag with alcohol once more, repeating Step 5. Make sure you run your piece under water to remove any loose remains and remnants from the salt and alcohol. For extra dirty pipes, you may want to soak for several hours or overnight.

When you’re finished, do a final rinse with hot water. Be sure to discard the old solution in the toilet rather than a sink as it will likely not smell particularly nice.

Step 7: Buff Up Your Piece With Q-Tips or Cotton

You may or may not need to do this step depending on how much of a perfectionist you are. But, you can use q-tips and a little bit of alcohol to clean any leftover residue.

  • If there are watermarks, you can soak your pipe in a solution of warm water and lemon juice for 15 to 20 minutes and that should remove those pesky spots.
  • You can also freeze your piece to remove hardened buildups
  • If the piece you want to clean is a glass bong, the steps are virtually the same, but instead of submerging in a ziploc, you fill up your bong with the solution and shake vigorously.

Method 2 — Use Alternative Cleaning Solutions

Follow the same steps you would with the alcohol and salt method, but use your preferred solution instead. Also, you may want to freeze your glass piece first to allow the resin to harden which will allow you to dislodge easier.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Salt and vinegar
  • Baking soda and vinegar
  • Simple Green
  • Sand and water
  • 2-3 denture tablets

Method 3 — Use Boiling Water

If you don’t want to use the “salt & alcohol method” or another solution, you can use boiling water. The steps are virtually the same, but with a few notable exceptions:

Obviously, you won’t use a ziploc bag. Instead, bring water to a boil, reduce to simmer, and add your piece to the water.

Allow your pipe to soak for approximately 30 minutes, or an hour for dirtier pipes. After you’ve soaked it, remove from the water. Caution: When you remove the pipe it will be HOT! So make sure to use mittens!!

To remove residual particles, use a pipe cleaner or cotton swab. If there are still water stains, you can soak in a solution of two to three tablespoons of lemon juice. After you remove, allow to air dry.

Final Tips

Rather than wait months to clean your favorite piece, it’s much easier if you make it a regular habit to do a quick cleaning once a week. It takes no more than five minutes, but it will keep your piece in great condition, looking good, and allow you to avoid having to do more difficult cleanings. All you need to do is quickly rinse and soak the piece in a little alcohol or hot water solution, and you’ll ensure your favorite piece stays in great condition!

You have your favorite glass piece, but inevitably, it develops resin and other nasty residue. Most people don’t like a dirty pipe or bong. Worse, a dirty glass piece just doesn’t work as well as when it’s perfectly clean. So here are three clutch methods to clean your glass pipe: