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!
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  • 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.

    • Kurt Romines

      acetone (finger nail polish) works so much faster.

  • 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!

      • Orri

        Coconut oil to mix with the resin, soap and water to wash it off.

    • ollie

      Lick ur fingers before u clean it an the reZ won’t stick

    • Clay Craig


    • jenbudz

      try peanut butter …. it works lol or wear rubber gloves b4 u clean

  • 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

    • Ronnie nd jessie

      Use white vinegar with salt nd rubbing alcohol in spray bottle then let it dry bye using a hair dryer

  • king kronik

    I like to smoke the res, is there anyway besides scraping it?

    • jonny

      91 percent rubbing alcohol swish it around the pipe until clean then pour onto a siramic plate(the liquid should be thick and black if you have enough resin)then light it on fire to dry out the alcohol. While its burning, carefully swish the liquid around the plate to prevent it from getting too hot in one spot of the plate (do not let anythimg fall off the plate) blow the flame out 3/4 of the way through after about 2 minutes light it again and let it burn itself out .grab a razor blade and scrape the resin off the plate and pack it. (Anything under %91 won’t work because all the alcohol won’t burn on its own ) *this method works great but the room will smell like rubbing alcohol and resin foran hour or so

  • Kurt Romines

    acetone or finger nail polish remover. removes the thickest of gunk in less than a minute every time. rinse well and good to go. also works very well with a q-tip on vape pens. better than ANY product made specific for this job.

  • Guest

    I don’t bother with salt, just the rubbing alcohol in a old plastic bowl, soak it overnight if really or just a few hours and rinse well. Might need a qtip for some areas. I have several smoking pieces so I’m never without :-)

  • Slap Chop

    Oxy clean works wonders and is relatively inexpensive for as small of an amount as u have to use. So your piece in a container full of water with a little oxy clean for a few hours then rinse with hot water. It comes out headshop clean.

    • Greg

      Ya it works so good that it will strip the paint of blinds From your house windows. LOL

  • sam

    Jow do you clean your glass pipe and save the resin…other then boiling it(live with my dad).

    • Nate

      You can’t without boiling it unforunately, you could try scraping it out that sometimes works

  • Raz Lemons

    Just drop your pipe in a glass of leftover beer for a few hours, It will clean the resin out ( beer will also remove resin from your hands ) and you won’t feel half bad for not finishing that beer last night : )

    • Ruby Gonzales-Medina

      Good tip!!

  • Believer

    I have a routine I do a few times a WK I like a fresh tasting piece , I bought 1 of those screen type ( metal) sink catchers ,I use rough bristled pipe cleaner to get the resin &particles out while running hot water in the piece & everything falls into the drain catcher , than I take Denture cleaning tablets 2-3 put them in a tall plastic container (coffee creamer container work great) Put your piece in there fill with hot tap water until its covered let it start fizzing twirl the container gently a few times let it sit & soak (about an hr) remove the sink catcher pour the water out slowly rinse with hot tap water you may have to use a pipe cleaner to get anything lingering, Dry fresh piece, Now for the strainer nothing but my pieces get rinsed over that I let it dry & save it &recycle all that resin &particles in a can & use that when things are low ,Also empty done pieces in the same can ,buy a mesh sifter &sift out the ash you’ll be amazed at the good stuff there to indulge we call it Trash Can ,recycle where you can ,don’t know about bubblers but shouldn’t be hard to figure it out if you choose my method.

  • alexpp

    To clean a glass pipe, you’ll first need to gather your supplies. You’ll
    need a bottle of isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol), sea salt, a
    plastic sandwich bag, pipe cleaners, rubber gloves (only because it’s
    gross), and cotton swabs. You could replace the plastic bag with any
    plastic, ceramic, or metal container if you like.


  • Josh higgens

    Will just some water and salt work to clean my pipe????

    • Tristian

      Nah, the point of the rubbing alcohol is to form a light acid with the salt, water wont be as effective

      • Amyxx

        How about regular arcohol?

        • mitchel

          Water will dissolve salt where rubbing alcohol doesn’t, similar to water and oil. And no alcohol won’t work. Maybe ever clear, something with a high alc %

        • Nate

          Isopropyl is the breakdown agent using vodka or a liquor won’t work as well, if at all because there’s no isopropyl in it. You might even end up getting more shit in your pipe so dont do it

        • Shaun Becker

          That’s ethanol. You need isopropyl.

    • Nate

      No the alcohol breaks down the res. Just buy it at Amy pharmacy or Safeway

  • jkfml

    I drink the iso, it’s delicious.

    • Brodie

      You can fucking die from that dude!

  • Amanda

    I have a sterling silver pipe, does anyone have any clue of what I can clean it with that’s safe? Please!

    • Joe

      You a classy as mf

    • Vivian Castillo

      You are soooo fetch


    Acetone works quicker/easier/better then anything I have ever used. its a chemical that is specifically made to break down resins/epoxy. All you need to do is put it in your glass, slosh it around & watch the resin disappear. Its designed to be fast drying but make sure you wash it out really well before taking the next hit.

  • Aaron Shotwell

    I have a dry herb vape pen, Grenco Science’s G Pen Pro. I have a significant amount of buildup on the chamber walls, and I’d like to know the best way to clean it. Obviously I can’t just pour a solution into the chamber, as it will destroy the heating element. Any ideas?

    • Ayy Lmaokai

      Actually you can use 99% isopropyl alcohol mixed with salt and a Q tip, just put one end of the Q tip in the alcohol and proceed to clean it with that end, the alcohol will evaporate almost instantly and it’ll clean the resin fast, and you wont have to flush the heating/coils. Then do a quick rinse with a lightly wet end of a new Qtip and gently clean off the parts you put alcohol on and then dry it with a new, dry end of a Qtip. Hopefully this helps.

  • Eeerrriicc

    What about engine degreaser? Lol

  • JT NO

    Isn’t rubbing alcohol flammable though?