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By Phoenix Star Glass | 08 August 2022 | 0 Comments

How to clean glass pipes?

    Glass pipes are among the most popular and common smoking tools used by smokers worldwide. While these glass smoking pipes look elegant and offer an excellent smoking experience, they are also prone to accumulating grime and ash, which can tarnish their aesthetic appeal and reduce their functionality. Regular cleaning can extend the life of your glass bong, minimize the risk of damage, and ensure it offers the best smoking experience.

    Is your cleaning method correct? Phoenix Star provides a step-by-step guide on how to clean glass pipes for top-notch performance.

Required Items:
  • Isopropyl Alcohol: A concentration of over 91% is typically recommended.
  • Coarse Salt: Iodized table salt should be avoided as additives like iodine can be corrosive to glass.
  • Warm Water:Ensure the water temperature is not too hot to prevent glass damage.
  • Glass Pipe Cleaner or Pipe Scrubber: Utilized for scrubbing the interior of the pipe.
  • Ziplock Bag: For soaking the pipe. 
  • Optional: Pipe Cleaning Tablets 

Detailed Steps:
  1. Empty the glass bong
Before cleaning, empty the water and any residues from the bong.
  1. Disassemble the Pipe
 If possible, take apart the various components of the glass pipe for a more thorough cleaning.
  1. Use warm water to pre-rinse the pipe to remove any loose residues.
  2. Prepare Cleaning Solution: In a large enough ziplock bag, mix equal parts of isopropyl alcohol and coarse salt.
  3. Place components into the ziplock bag, pour in the cleaning solution, ensuring all parts are covered by the solution.
  4. Seal the bag and gently shake it so that the cleaning solution can thoroughly contact every part of the pipe. Make sure the ziplock bag is securely sealed to prevent any leaks. Avoid shaking too vigorously to prevent damage to the glass components.
  5. Allow the parts to soak in the cleaning solution for at least 30 minutes, or longer if needed to remove stubborn stains.
  6. Remove the pipe components and thoroughly scrub each part with a cleaning brush and the remaining cleaning solution.
  7. Rinse each component under warm water to ensure all the cleaning solution and residues are washed away.
  8. Double Rinse: For thorough cleaning, you may rinse the components once more with warm water.
  9. Drying: Place the cleaned pipe components on a clean towel to air dry, or use food-grade desiccant to help absorb moisture.
  10. Reassembly: Once all parts are completely dry, you can reassemble your glass bong.

Safety Tips:
  • Clean in a well-ventilated area.
  • Wear gloves and protective eyewear to avoid contact with isopropyl alcohol.
  • Ensure the isopropyl alcohol has fully evaporated before using the pipe

    In conclusion, the best way to keep your glass pipe in top-notch condition ready for use is through regular cleaning. The cleaning process is relatively simple and fast. Regular cleaning takes the headache out of maintaining your pipes and ensures they offer the best smoking experience. If you are a smoker who desires to enjoy their smoking experience for the long term, make sure to regularly rinse, salt-and-alcohol cleanse, and dry your glass pipe.

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