How To Clean Your Pipe Or Bong

 Posted by at 1:11 AM on January 25, 2010  Marijuana Tips and Tricks
Jan 252010
 January 25, 2010

dirty pipeSo you have your favorite pipe that you bring with you everywhere. You use it at least once a day and you know just how to hit it so you get the perfect hit every time. However, over time you have noticed that it gets clogged very easily and sometimes it is barely hit-able. Time to clean this bugger out, but how?? Scraping is an option, but it is tedious and never really gets all the resin out. There are many products on the market that you can purchase to clean the resin out of your pipes, bubblers, and bongs however, prices can run $20 a bottle or more, so it can get expensive quick.

I love the taste of smoking a fresh bowl of dank weed out of a clean pipe so I clean my pieces regularly. I have used most of the cleaners on the market and I have found the best, most cost-effective cleaner out there you can get for five bucks or less.

You will need two items. You can find them anywhere.

A canister of salt:

A bottle of isopropyl rubbing alcohol:

For bongs, pour some rubbing alcohol in the chamber and add generous amounts of salt. Then swirl the solution around until all the resin has been loosened or dissolved and rinse it out with warm water. For pipes and bubblers, just get a zip lock baggy and pour some rubbing alcohol and salt in it. Then put your pipe in the bag and shake vigorously. Sometimes the resin in my pipe gets so thick, I will just let it sit overnight in the bag to let the solution soak in. After the resin is broken up, just rinse the pipe with warm water. If there is still some resin remaining, just repeat the process until it is gone. Just let it dry and it will taste and hit like a brand new piece.

About Jay Smoker

I have been smoking marijuana for almost twenty years and I have no plans to stop anytime soon. My life was turned upside down in 2009 after getting arrested and tossed in jail for being in the wrong state with legal medical marijuana. I got fed up, and I now devote all my time to ending this insanity.I am responsible for the technical side of this project, but try to chip in when I can, either with syndicated articles or original content.Follow me on Facebook and Twitter.Feel free to email. any questions or concerns. Peace!
  • mike

    if your cleaning pipes just use rubbing alcohol and if you want to use the reson again which you can and it will get you high as fuck you can put a tray out and fill your pipes up then let them sit you pour the reson out and let it dry on aluminum foil the alcohol will disapate after a while and you can smoke if out of your pipe on the foil just fold it up poke holes in it put it in light up

  • Cindy Harris Lamprecht

    used to use “smokers pollident” in a sink, cause the foam will come out of the top of your pipe..tried the rice and rubbing alcohol, but makes more sense to use the coarse salt with the highest proof alcohol they make, right at your local dollar store.*not* the type you drink..good grief. Anyhow; thanks for the tip; been an..ongoing issue for over 30 years; I am a long time cancer fighter who knows why I have made it “a long time”. *salute*

  • jayfay420

    Been cleaning my bongs like this for years! Works great :) Leaves ‘em sparkling clean!

  • Shannon Ireland

    Alcohol is the BEST for glass pipes. Almost like new everytime.

  • Charles Edson Rogers Jr.

    Doesn’t anyone have a Coppabola bowl like I use? Its heavy duty wood from South America and how do you clean wood?

    • Wolfram Hart

      same question for me

    • Don Ritschard

      If you have access to an air compressor, Heat your pipe up in the oven no hotter than 150 degrees F. and blow all the built up resin and black out. Works very good

    • Don Ritschard

      If you have access to an air compressor, Heat your pipe up in the oven no hotter than 150 degrees F. and blow all the built up resin and black out. Works very good

  • stevezatt

    I have a glass bong i clean it with vinegar
    and Bi Carb Soda then soak it
    overnight in Vanish (Nappy San)

  • Wolfram Hart

    I was about to ask the same question as Charles Edson Rogers Jr.: I have a small wood pipe I always keep in my pocket to take a hit whenever I want in the day (in the toilets or anywhere else I can hide), it begins to be seriously dirty and clogged, though I clean it often and scrap the resin, but it’s clogged again very soon, how can I clean my wood pipe ?

    • Sheila A Thompson

      u need a new one… :~/

    • Sheila A Thompson

      u need a new one… :~/

    • Sheila A Thompson

      u need a new one… :~/

    • mike

      I wouldn’t suggest using a wood pipe due to the extra carsenogens your inhaling when the flame burns the wood product.

  • sofaking09

    Vodka and a few Pipe cleaners. Clean as a Whistle!

  • Darlene Mathis McDaniel

    I just put my pipe in water, bring to a boil for about five minutes. Take out let cool and dry. Good as new.

    • annamrie xd

      what if its really dirty like its all black and taste like shit to smoke do u boil it longer or what

      • Suck

        funny as hell! (while I’m so high!)

  • Hugo Blartenpfonk

    I just use my dishwasher. :D

  • Hugo Blartenpfonk

    I just use my dishwasher. :D

  • Azu

    Another tip for cleaning pipes with the ziploc method: I throw in a couple Q-tips in the bag with the pipe and alcohol/salt. That way when cleaning it out, you can use the Qtips to clean out the resin, makes it a lot easier.

  • Bob Lemings

    Use the tablets they sell to clean dentures . place pipe in small bowl and 3 tablets . add warm water . for a bong place bong in shallow pan and add 6 tablets. add just enough warm water to cover bong. works on glass metal brass etc.

  • Lisa Brooks

    how can i get marijuana resin off my hands

    • Seth T Wilson

      Bonesaw – amputate fingers. BE CAREFUL though! Only remove the affected fingers, or you’ll be really sorry the next time you want to smoke.
      Or you can use the same thing suggested here, rubbing alcohol. Or any type of hand cleaner mechanics use – Fast Orange, Lava soap, Gunk, etc.

      • Alexx

        Baby wipes are magic!

  • Julia

    Does anyone know how to clean and deodorize the case your pipe has been in? Gonna go on an airplane soon and soap and hot water isn’t cutting it. I have a “shellz” case that has foam built into it that is not removable. Thanks!!

    • young_stoner

      Take everything out and wet a paper towel and dab on the foam and grab some perfume and put it on paper towel let it dry but not all the way and dab the foam with the paper towel with the perfume should work always does for me

    • alex

      Use distilled white vinegar leave it open over night