There’s nothing like a fresh, new, glistening glass piece. Cleaning your pipes and bongs may seem like a chore, but it’s actually a simple process that can significantly enhance your cannabis experience. In this blog, we’ll roll up our sleeves and learn how to give your glass the TLC it deserves.


Why Clean Your Glass?

Why, you might wonder, should you dedicate your precious time to cleaning your glass? Here are the top 4 reasons to keep your glass clean:

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  • Breathe Easy, Stay Happy: Over time, resin and tar buildup can not only gunk up your piece, but it can also pose a risk to your respiratory health. A clean piece reduces your risk of coughing fits and ensures that every inhale is as gentle on your lungs as possible.
  • Savor the Flavor: There’s nothing quite like the pure, unadulterated taste of your favorite cannabis strain. By keeping your piece clean, each session is a fresh experience, allowing the true flavors and aromas of your cannabis to shine through.
  • Sparkle & Shine: Let’s face it – a clean piece is a beautiful piece. Whether it’s a simple pipe or an intricate bong, keeping it clean means it always looks its best.
  • Keep it Flowing: A clogged or dirty piece can hinder airflow, making it harder to draw smoke and reducing the effectiveness of your cannabis consumption. A clean glass means no more wasted breath or wasted stash. 


Step-by-Step Glass Cleaning Guide

Alright, let’s get to it! Our step-by-step guide will get your glass piece from grimy to gleaming. Let’s break it down:

For Simple Glass Pipes

  • Empty the Pipe: Start by giving your pipe a good shake or tap over a trashcan or sink to get rid of any loose debris or ash.
  • Soak the Pipe: Fill a large ziplock bag with isopropyl alcohol and a generous pinch of salt. The alcohol acts as a solvent to break down the resin, while the salt acts as a gentle abrasive to scrub away the gunk. Submerge your pipe in this spa treatment and let it soak for at least an hour. If you haven’t cleaned it in a while, or it’s particularly dirty, try soaking it overnight.
  • Shake it Up: With your pipe in the bag, make sure it’s sealed and give it a good shake. This is where the magic happens, as the salt starts mixing around and scrubbing all those hard-to-reach places. Be gentle yet firm.
  • Rinse & Dry: Once your pipe looks spotless, give it a thorough rinse under warm water to wash away any remaining cleaning solution. Then, let it dry completely, and your pipe is as good as new. 


For Bongs & Dab Rigs

  • Disassemble Your Piece: Begin by taking your piece apart. Remove any removable components to make sure every nook and cranny gets cleaned. 
  • Give it a Rinse: Flush out each component under warm water to remove loose debris.
  • Soak Small Pieces: For smaller components, soak them in a large ziplock bag with isopropyl alcohol and a large pinch of salt for at least an hour (or overnight if it’s extra nasty. No judgment!) Just like with pipes, the alcohol acts as a solvent to break down the resin, and the salt acts as a gentle abrasive.
  • Clean the Main Chamber: Fill the main chamber of your bong or rig with the same alcohol and salt solution, then cover the openings and give it a good shake.
  • Detail with Brushes: Use bottle brushes or specific cleaning brushes to scrub the main chamber and any hard-to-reach areas.
  • Rinse & Dry: Rinse everything thoroughly with warm water to make sure all the cleaning solution is gone. Let it all dry completely, and you’re set for a session that’s as fresh as the day you bought your piece.

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Remember, the key is to ensure that the alcohol fully penetrates and loosens the resin, making it easier to remove. After soaking, if you notice some spots still look a bit grimy, a bit more agitation by shaking the bag or using brushes for a deeper clean can help. Always rinse thoroughly with warm water after soaking to remove all traces of the alcohol and salt.


And there you have it – a pristine glass piece! You are now armed with the ultimate guide to transforming your pipes, bongs, and rigs from dingy to dazzling. Happy cleaning, and even happier consuming!


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Looking for more ways to improve your cannabis consumption experience? Check out our previous blog on measuring the doses of your homemade edibles!

*The contents of this blog are intended for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.*