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

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  • me

    Does cleaning any weed paraphernalia make it smell like you are smoking pot? Nothing against smokers but I live in a strictly no smoking house, but the new roommate in the basement hotboxed the entire house. She said she was cleaning her stuff up and that she was going to quit but that she wasn’t smoking. Pretty sure cleaning them shouldn’t make it smell like she was smoking for hours on end.

    • Sarrin

      If she was using heat in the cleaning process, it should smell considerably worse than if she had been smoking. Expecially if she used the boiling water method. I only ever made the mistake of doing that indoors once. Lol

    • Tommy

      No this is the best method, here’s another article I found that uses the same method as this but also has a few extra tips

  • Callie⚡️

    Can I used hydrogen peroxide ?

    • Callie⚡️


  • Tim Spriggs

    I boiled my mini bubbler- bong and this black paperish substance is left behind. Is that the resin? Can you smoke it? Will it make you sick?

    • dQpey

      Yes. You can smoke it and it will get you high. The taste is kind of bad so be warned, it might give you a headache. It won’t upset your stomach though or make you sick.

  • amy

    I cleaned mine this way and used it after. Felt really nauseous. Did I maybe not rinse well enough?

    • NYG20

      I always do a dry hit before I smoke out it to see how it taste. I’ve been cleaning my bongs/bubblers like this for years and never got sick. Just make sure you rinse it out couple times.

  • keel

    if you are boiling a pipe or bowl to clean it, place it in the water with the bowl facing down. the resin with liquefy when it boils and will all come out of the opening of the bowl