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Helpful Hints for Cleaning Glass Pipes

By Fat Buddha March 18, 2019

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Every smoker has their own method for cleaning their glass pipes. Some prefer to use rubbing alcohol while others prefer other cleaning solutions. Some smokers prefer to soak their pipes for long periods of time before scraping the sticky resin away. There are so many ways to clean a glass pipe, it’s generally just a matter of preference. The key is to find a method that gets the job done safely, efficiently, and without causing harm to your pipe, or your safety and well-being.

Today, the friendly folks at Fat Buddha Glass will share some helpful tips to keep in mind when cleaning your glass pipe. Would you rather toss out that old, sticky pipe with caked-on resin that simply won’t go away? While we don’t want to see any glass pipes go into the trash, sometimes, it’s simply time to go. If you need a new pipe, head over to Fat Buddha Glass and shop our wide selection of glass pipes, bongs, and bubblers that are made from the highest quality materials and always offered at the lowest prices.

Helpful Hints To Consider When Cleaning Glass Pipes

Don’t Use Harsh Household Cleaning Supplies

This is a totally fair mistake many smokers make, so let’s clear the air here. Sometimes, it’s easy to assume that cleaning products found around the house will do a better job of cleaning glass pipes, but this is the last thing you’ll want to use. Household cleaning products, even when they claim to be natural or environmentally friendly, are not safe to use to clean glass pipes. These typically combine a range of hazardous ingredients designed for tough cleaning jobs around the house. Definitely don’t use any harsh chemicals, like nail polish remover, which could damage your pipe.

Reach, instead, for ingredients like baking soda to soak and clean your pipes.

Yes, You Can Use Isopropyl Alcohol to Clean Your Pipe

One of the myths about cleaning glass pipes, bongs, and bubblers is that using isopropyl alcohol, also called rubbing alcohol, is dangerous. The truth is, rubbing alcohol is one of the best solutions for cleaning glass pipes. Whether you use straight rubbing alcohol or mix table salt or Epsom salt into it to create more effervescence for a more thorough, quicker cleaning, isopropyl alcohol (preferably 91 percent alcohol) is totally safe for cleaning most glass pipes.

Avoid Using Abrasive Scrubbers

The tricky part about cleaning pipes is removing the sticky resin that builds up after several smoking sessions. Some smokers, especially those who are new to the smoking game, may think they need to use abrasive cleaning tools to remove the resin. However, using an effective cleaning solution like rubbing alcohol, Epsom salt, baking soda, and other effective cleaners can get the stuck-on resin to release without having to scrub the pipe.  

Use Gentle, Yet Efficient Cleaning Tools

Rather than using abrasive scrubbing tools, soak your glass pipes in an effervescent solution before using an object to remove the resin. Using toothpicks, bobby pins, paper clips, and even q-tips, you can remove all or most of the resin without abrasively scrubbing the pipe.

Clean Your Pipes Weekly for Best Results

Cleaning your pipes weekly is a great way to enhance your everyday smoking experience. When you smoke our of a clean pipe, your hit will be cleaner, allowing you to taste the delightful flavor of your herb rather than the resin. Additionally, smoking from a clean pipe enables you to enjoy the aesthetic of your pipe that much more.

Boil Glass Pipes With Caution and Care

Some smokers prefer to clean their glass pipes by boiling them in water to release the stuck-on resin. If you prefer the boiling method, please do so with caution. Here are some tips for using the boiling method to clean glass pipes:

  • Don’t drop a cold glass pipe into water that is already boiling.
  • Do fill your boiling pot with lukewarm water first, then drop the pipe in carefully.
  • Do allow the water to boil with the pipe already in the water.

Shop Glass Pipes Online

If you’ve had it with cleaning that pipe you’ve had since your early smoking days, a new glass pipe may be in order. Shop Fat Buddha Glass for the highest-quality glass pipes online, as well as cool bongs and gorgeous bubblers. We have something for every smoker, so find the right piece for you and enjoy our 100 percent customer satisfaction guarantee with each and every purchase. Thanks for shopping Fat Buddha Glass and happy smoking!

When you shop with us for glass pipes online, you can enjoy free shipping, a great selection of glass pieces made from the highest-quality materials, and offered with a 100 percent customer satisfaction guarantee.


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