Jan 252010

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.

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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, Twitter, StumbleUpon, and Digg and feel free to email. any questions or concerns. Peace!
  • iSynic

    Awesome. I use the zip-lock baggy trick as well. Came naturally, works so well!

  • http://www.theweedblog.com Ninja Smoker

    Yup, “used” baggies work great. I used to used tupperware but that can get messy.

  • Cut UR Hair

    The best way to clean your drug pipe is to throw it away and get a job.

    • Grown in Fresno

      Cut UR Hair…..
      Be nice, be supportive or go home. We have parents (or did) that can tell us what to do.
      By the way, if your mother had cancer and was in pain and not eating…would you be so disrespectful if she got the help she needed from a pure weed?
      I don’t think so.

      • http://www.twitter.com/truthabouthemp TheTruth

        Exactly. I have smoked for years to ease my migranes so that I CAN be out in the work force instead of sitting at home collecting disablity. Obviously Cut, you don’t realize that our first president was a hemp farmer, our first car ran on hemp oil . Why don’t you do a little bit of real research before you go judging those you don’t know. The majority of “stoners” do work and hold jobs and have taken the time to educate themselves on a variety of issues in the cannabis community and it seems that you should do the same. So put that in your pipe and smoke it.

    • chenzo

      whos says we dont have jobs u idiot, why did u even sign up…

    • Judgemental Much?

      Wow, how about you educate yourself before making yourself look like an ignorant asshole? I smoke the shit out of some weed and I’ve held down 18 hours at work AND maintained a 3.25 GPA. All of my friends who smoke are in college and have higher than a 3.0 GPA. Yeah, WE’RE part of the fucked up part of society…

      • G Swipe

        It’s called a High Functioning Smoker. We live our lives to the extent that we can. We proceed to do the daily things everyone else does. We go to work or to class, we have strong relationships in our lives and continue to smoke because it is part of who we are. We do not flock to your posts to immediately denote anything you have to do or say, but instead we sit back and listen. Focus on ourselves and the people in our lives. We do not openly attempt to verbally punch anyone we disagree with. Because sometimes those people strike back (Judgemental Much, chenzo, The Truth, Grown in Fresno). We don’t have the vaguest idea about who we all are, but because we have something like this we are instantly more connected to each other than you (Cut Ur Hair) is to anyone else.

    • Rothic

      I’m guessing he or she was speaking in a slightly jocular tone, but it nonetheless shows the ignorance of society. I in fact graduated summa cum laude at the University of Maine, and smoked rather often. I would argue that to a point smoking weed has no correlation with lower grades. But of course, any activity, done in excess, can be so consuming that it has negative effects on your academic or professional life. However, you don’t see people shunning those who drink wine with dinner as if they are incoherent alcoholics. Such is the downfall of ignorance: to scorn one deed but to hold no disdain for an equal action.

    • Guest

      Is someone out of weed? Or maybe out of weed because you are a lazy fuck with no job you idiot!!

    • circleofwitches

      sorry Cut but that is not a very good reply. I am 56 and have smoked pot for forty years. I write music, play piano and guitar and do a little drumming. I have a song on an album and its about a friend dying from coke overdose. I am against drugs. Pot does not fall under the category of drugs….considering people can smoke it when they are pregnant and delivering babies…it is not a bad thing at all…and remember no one in history has died from pot use yet prescription drugs , alcohol, and cigarettes alone have killed millions.. what do you think about all day long?

    • Shirley L Roy-Poche

      You are perusing this blog why? Well, this is the leaf that made the paper break; you are a lefty-living stalker, a liberophile – You can’t stand us but can’t stay away from our sites and our blogs with never anything good to say about your side except how much they hate hate hate and Won’t allow this and that in the USA – we lefties and our standards and practices are like a drug to the tea-pee’ers and Christian right and I hope very soon you will finally overdose and be done and gone; That’s what I have heard your ilk say about “druggies”, “let them go there, they deserve everything that happens to them because of their behavior”, and you supporting lies and greed and a criminal industry, and hate and prejudice, and corporate personhood and defunding of public education. You do your drugs and we will see to it that all can smoke weed and use weed as a product and end this Disposable Goods World that was created for Stock market only. Time to end the market as we know it, toss it and start again, once these hate mongers have all OD’d and the populations can progress.

  • chenzo

    i use acetone, it brings the glass back to new and the acetone evaporates, leaving no chemical residue or smell 100% alcohol does the trick too

    • http://www.theweedblog.com Ninja Smoker

      The best results I got was with 99% alcohol so I figure and 100% would be the bomb

      • FreedomIsNorml

        Acetone is the best to clean anything that is glass, but just for reference there is no such thing as 100% rubbing alcohol, for the same reason that drinking alcohol doesn’t go higher than 95%.

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  • a friendly face

    To save the resin you rinse your piece with just the alcohol and pour it out into a pan. Once you get all the resin into the pan you put the pan over a boiling pot of water. This will safely burn off all the alcohol and leave only resin on the bottom of the pan. scrape this off and have fun smoking!

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  • Fortunato GP

    I personally smoke everyday. I finished high school last week 7th in my class of 200+ and I’m now getting a full scholarship to a private school. Not all people who smoke are lazy good-for-nothings.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pagsy.huck Pagsy Huck

      U did a grt JOB man .

  • disheekii

    Thanks very much for the tips on cleaning my fav pip[e my fiancee bought me a very inexpensive pipe but is is beautiful and i couldnt smoke out of it anymore due to built up resin and was about to throw it away so thank you so so so much!!!!!

  • safrey

    I’ve smoked weed for 40 years.Haven’t killed anyone,raped or robbed anyone.I’m a singer/songwriter of some note,and have found it brings out my most creative moods!
    Keep your liquor,bring on that bud…bud!

  • glassblower

    microwave the alcohol for 10-20 seconds before you dump it in your bong, it takes that resin right out, normally you don’t need salt

  • Matt

    I usually put a wine bottle stopper in my downstem hole and fill the bong up with 2 scoops of oxyclean and the rest hot water, swish it around, let it sit for about an hour, and itll make the grimiest glass look brand new.

  • jim

    Salt and rubbing alcohol will slowly weaken your glass. Use a biodegradable all purpose cleaner (like simple green). use a 1/4-1/2 bottle for my 2.5 foot. let it soak (use warm water + simple green) shake and empty. safer for your glass.

    • Mike

      Salt and rubbing alcohol WILL NOT WEAKEN GLASS. THIS IS 100% SAFE FOR YOU AND YOUR GLASS. Nothing will, that’s easily accessible, other than rapid heating and cooling. That is why lab equipment (beakers, flasks, graduated cylinders, etc) is boro glass.

      This is the right way to clean your pieces, be it soft glass or boro. Though you may want to rinse with alcohol before the water to remove the salt, it keeps the salt stains down. Otherwise this is spot on. Corks are really useful here, $3 at your local hardware store, no more stained hands.

      Glassblower and lamp worker.
      Majored in chemistry

      But it will weaken wood over time by drying it out. But you can rub in a mineral oil (think cutting board rub) and bring it back.

  • this is a pot-pocrisy

    would you be able to use Ethyl rubbing alcohol rather than Isopropyl rubbing alcohol or does it have to be Isopropyl?

  • jacobmax

    go to http://420KushClean.com they clean bong great!

  • Whata Toolsack

    You really need to note two things.
    1) 70% Isopropyl alcohol is a complete waste of time. Get the 91-94%
    2) IF you DO decide to leave your pipe in a ziploc bag AS DESCRIBED above, Put it in a bowl or something. Isopropyl Alcohol will EAT the plastic and you can leak nasty smelling shit everywhere. This is Chemistry 101.

    • Astrid

      Dude…no. 1) The difference in concentration for the isopropanol if you used 70% versus 91-94% is extremely minimal. The difference is a few extra shakes and 91-94% IS too much for many applications it’s commonly used in.

      2) Isopropanol COMES IN PLASTIC BOTTLES and definitely will not dissolve a Ziploc bag. Did you even test this? Or…take chemistry? If you did, did you…pay attention in chemistry?

      • trichome_chromedome

        yeah, actually it’s not. The higher concentration of alcohol breaks down the resin faster. The 30% in the alcohol is just saline, which won’t do much except make your alcohol weaker.

        Ideally, 99%, available at graphic arts stores works the best. I do however like John’s idea using the peppermint schnapps.

      • yesiam

        Ok this reply totally cracked me up!

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    • JOHN

      Warm it up and boom..! clean and smells so much better, the first hit from it is amazing!!. So minty fresh…



  • Tony

    I use DMSO now to clean my pipes. MIx it half and half with HOT water and it will clean it as good as new in less than a minute.

    • Faґo Fґεsн

      how do you even get ‘dmso’ ?

    • another chemist

      must be a chemist

  • Ole Wiseman

    yer a rookie..been at this over 40 years.. you need sea salt.. its coarser,. and works better.. also iso suks when burned.. be sure to rinse thoroughly

  • papastoner

    I would think it safer to use grain alcohol or high proof booze, because I would never think of wasting a resin buzzzzzzzzzzzz !

  • Gman

    I live in San Diego CA If you need DANK “Jack Herer,Northern Lights, Mad Man OG hit my email Moneyruleserrthang@yahoo.com and maybe ill give you my number

  • http://www.cannabisni.com/ Cannabis N.I.

    I always use vegetable oil, grains of rice and hot water to rinse.

  • triggafingaz

    what I do in terms of smoking rezin…so called…. I take a big chunk and spredit over a small piece of foil then under burn the bitch