A Clean Glass Pipe Using Rubbing Alcohol

A Clean Glass Pipe Using Rubbing Alcohol

June 12, 2017

The quickest way and least efficient way is to scrape out the resin from you pipe and keep it going, but as you may know, sometimes the resin starts to build up to the point that scraping method won’t be efficient, and in that case, you will have to do deeper cleaning to have clean glass pipe, like new. 

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My favorite way is to soak the glass pipe in isopropyl alcohol and salt. It’s a few steps process, but it totally worth it.

  1. First, you start off by removing any sticky or messy substance on your glass pipe, hold your pipe upside down, and gently tap it to get rid of any remaining particles. If you ran into tough spots, I would suggest using thin material, like a needle, to evict the small or large bits of resin you cannot reach in the glass pipe. 
  1. Now, take a plastic reclosable bag, like a Ziploc, and fill it with rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol. Best type of rubbing alcohol is the 90% isopropyl – for obvious reasons, it will scrub the glass pipe faster and more efficiently than watered down 70% isopropyl alcohol solution. Duh! Another good thing about using 90% isopropyl is that salt, which we will add next, won’t dissolve as in 90% isopropyl as quickly as using 70% isopropyl, or water for that matter. I will find out why next. 
  1. Before you put the glass pipe in the reclosable bag, add 1 tablespoon of salt to the solution. Salt fragments will work like an erosive utensil on your glass pipe. The bigger the salt grain the better, or you can use Kosher salt, it’s usually your best bet. The salt will scour away all the tar and resin in those places hard to be reached using a sponge or brush. 
  1. Put the glass pipe in the bag and make sure it’s fully immersed. 
  1. Now shake the bag gently. To ensure a 100% clean glass pipe, make sure you will have salt inside the glass pipe while shaking it. It would be even better if you can close off the glass pipe’s openings with your figures and then shake it up (to make sure there are salt particles inside the glass pipe, which will scrub and get rid of as much resin as possible. 1-2 minutes shaking would be enough. Or till the glass pipe is visibly clean. 
  1. Don’t take the glass pipe out yet, leave it in there for several hours. Alcohol will assist to break down tar and resin, making it easier to clean. 
  1. Now, leave the glass pipe in there for several hours. Before you take it out, give it another shake, just to make sure you get everything out. 
  1. For extremely dirty glass pipes, redo the process with fresh isopropyl, add fresh salt, shake it, leave it in there for several hours. 
  1. Wash out your clean glass pipe with hot water. Remove all the alcohol and salt from the pipe and dump it down the toilet, otherwise, it will funk up your sink and pipes if left settled. 
  1. Wipe off any remaining smudges or smears. 
  1. I would suggest, finally, to soak the glass pipe for 15-20 min in a mixture of warm water and lemon juice, it will help to remove any water marks or non-resin stains.
And here you go, you have a nice clean glass pipe.

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