Cleaning your glass bongs and pipes is important for several reasons. First, resin and other debris can build up in the device over time, affecting the taste and overall experience of smoking. A dirty bong or pipe can also make the smoke harsher and harder on the lungs.
Additionally, a dirty smoking device can harbour harmful bacteria and mold, which you obviously don’t want to inhale as it can lead to respiratory issues and other health problems. In extreme cases, dirty bongs and pipes can even lead to serious infections.
Regular cleaning can also prolong the life of your glass bong or pipe, as it will prevent build-up from causing damage to the device.
When to clean your glass pipe or bong
The frequency of cleaning will depend on how often you use your device, but a good rule of thumb is to clean it at least once a week if you use it daily. If you use it less frequently, you can clean it less often, but it’s still important to keep an eye on the build-up of resin and debris.
You should also clean your device after noticing any changes in the taste or smell of the smoke, or if you see mold or other growths inside the bong. If you notice any discoloration or build-up on the inside of the bong, it’s also a good indication that it’s time for a cleaning. Keeping a regular cleaning schedule will ensure that you enjoy a smooth and safe smoking experience every time you use it.
What is needed to clean your bong or pipe?
To effectively clean a glass bong or pipe, you will need a few basic materials. The most important of these are rubbing alcohol, salt, and pipe cleaners. Rubbing alcohol is a powerful solvent that can break down and dissolve resin and other debris. Salt, when added to the alcohol, will act as an abrasive and help scrub away any stubborn build-up. Pipe cleaners can be used to clean the hard-to-reach areas of the bong or pipe, such as the stem and the bowl.
Other materials that can be useful include a cleaning brush or toothbrush, a container to soak the bong or pipe, and a towel or paper towels to dry it off. You can also use specialized cleaning solutions or products made for cleaning glass bongs and pipes. It’s important to use materials and products that are safe for glass, so you don’t cause any extra damage.
Step-by-step cleaning process
Here’s a simple step-by-step process for cleaning a glass bong or pipe:
- Empty the bong or pipe of any remaining water or residue.
- Mix equal parts rubbing alcohol and salt in a container that is large enough to fully submerge the bong or pipe.
- Place the bong or pipe in the container and let it soak for about 30 minutes to an hour.
- Use a cleaning brush or toothbrush to scrub away any remaining debris and resin. Make sure to pay extra attention to the stem and bowl, using pipe cleaners to clean hard-to-reach areas.
- Rinse the bong or pipe thoroughly with warm water to remove any remaining alcohol and salt.
- Dry the bong or pipe with a towel or paper towel, and let it sit for a few minutes to ensure that it is completely dry before using it again.
It’s important to note that if you don’t have rubbing alcohol, you can use warm water and dish soap to clean the bong or pipe. And if you want to clean it more effectively, you can use specialized cleaning solutions or products made for cleaning, but make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
This process is simple and straightforward, and should work even for special items like 7Pipe’s Twisty Glass Pipe. Ensure that your bong or pipe is as clean and safe as possible every time you use it.