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How to clean glass pipe in home ?

11 Jun 2023

Your pipe is dirty, and you need to clean it, if not it may get mix with different smells and possible transfer gems into your body, and its worst then smoking right ? every glass pipe user need to learn this . Cleaning a glass pipe is an essential part of maintaining its functionality and extending its lifespan. Here are the steps to clean a glass pipe:

Those are the basic Materials needed, but you can find them in home.

  • Isopropyl alcohol (at least 90% concentration)
  • Coarse salt (such as sea salt or kosher salt)
  • Ziploc bag or container with a lid
  • Pipe cleaners or cotton swabs
  • Hot water

Why we use Alcohol and not handsoaps, because Alcohol is an effective cleaning agent because of its ability to dissolve and remove organic compounds, including oils, resins, and other contaminants that can accumulate inside a glass pipe. Isopropyl alcohol, in particular, is a common choice for cleaning glass pipes because it has a high evaporation rate, leaving little residue behind. It is also relatively safe to use, as it is non-toxic and does not pose a significant risk of fire or explosion.

When mixed with salt, alcohol forms a powerful cleaning solution that can break down and dissolve even the toughest buildup inside a glass pipe. The salt acts as an abrasive, providing a scrubbing action that helps to loosen the resin and other contaminants from the inner surface of the pipe. The alcohol then dissolves the loosened debris, allowing it to be easily flushed away with hot water.

Compared to other cleaning agents, such as soap or detergent, alcohol is a more effective and efficient cleaning solution for glass pipes. It can penetrate deep into small crevices and hard-to-reach areas of the pipe, removing even the most stubborn buildup. Additionally, alcohol is easy to use and requires little preparation, making it a convenient choice for regular maintenance of glass pipes.

there eleven Steps to do:

  1. Disassemble the glass pipe: Remove any detachable pieces such as bowls, stems or mouthpieces.
  2. Rinse the pipe under hot water: Run hot water through the pipe to remove any loose debris.
  3. Place the pipe in a plastic bag or container: Add enough isopropyl alcohol to submerge the pipe completely.
  4. Add salt to the bag or container: Pour a generous amount of coarse salt into the bag or container. The salt acts as an abrasive and helps to scrub away any resin or buildup inside the pipe.
  5. Seal the bag or container: Make sure the bag or container is sealed tightly so that the alcohol and salt can work together.
  6. Shake the bag or container: Shake the bag or container vigorously for several minutes, making sure the salt and alcohol mix well to clean the pipe.
  7. Allow the pipe to soak: Let the pipe sit in the bag or container for several hours or overnight. This will give the alcohol and salt time to work their magic and dissolve the buildup inside the pipe.
  8. Rinse the pipe with hot water: After soaking, rinse the pipe under hot water to remove any remaining debris.
  9. Scrub the pipe with pipe cleaners or cotton swabs: Use a pipe cleaner or cotton swab to scrub any remaining residue or buildup.
  10. Rinse the pipe once again: Rinse the pipe thoroughly under hot water to remove any remaining alcohol or salt residue.
  11. Dry the pipe: Shake the pipe to remove any excess water and let it air dry completely before reassembling and using it again.

Note: Be sure to dispose of the alcohol and salt mixture properly, as it may be hazardous waste. It may cause fire, so when you do all those steps make sure you are in a not hazardous area, and if there is fire you have water or  fire extinguisher ready to put it off. 

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