Some Thoughts on Cleaning Your Glass Pipes in Scottsdale, AZ

October 20, 2017 9:10 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

One of the most common questions we get asked here at the smoke shop is about the best method for cleaning glass––that is, glass pipes and water pipes.

In fact, we are asked this question so often, we thought it would be nice––not to mention super useful––to put together a little guide for you teach you the best way to clean your glass and keep it looking new.

Why clean your glass?

Quick, imagine water that’s been sitting in your water pipe for a while. What does that smell like? We’ve always thought it smells a bit like rotten green bean water.

That smell comes from the resin your herbal smoke material leaves behind. Every time you smoke through your glass, the resin you’ve left behind from earlier smoking sessions alters the flavor of your new smoke. Cleaning your glass pipes in Scottsdale, AZ regularly means you are getting the best experience out of your smoke possible. And if you’re smoking with friends, it’s just common courtesy to make sure your glass is clean.

How to clean your glass

To clean your glass you need two things: a solvent and an abrasive. All of the glass cleaners that we sell are made up of these two things. If you don’t want to buy any glass pipe cleaner, then one really excellent home recipe is to use isopropyl alcohol––the purer the better, but at least 95 percent pure––and large grain rock or sea salt.

  • Cleaning glass pipes: For a small glass pipe, first scrape out as much of the resin as you can with a pipe cleaner or a bobby pin, then put the pipe and the alcohol and salt into a Ziploc bag, zip the bag and then shake the bag vigorously for a few minutes. After a while, you’ll notice that all the alcohol in the bag is turning brown or black, and that your pipe is turning clear again. Repeat until all the resin is gone. There’s no need to worry about alcohol residue being left behind, as alcohol evaporates completely at room temperature. Just let your pipe air dry after you’re done and you’ll be fine.
  • Cleaning a water pipe: Obviously, a water pipe is too large to fit in a Ziploc, so you’ll take a different approach here. Pour a lot of salt right into the chamber of the pipe. Then, pour a little rubbing alcohol in at a time, swirling the alcohol around in different parts of the glass until all the resin has been loosened or dissolved into the solvent. Then rinse the water pipe out with hot water. Repeat the process until done.

Once you’ve got your pipe clean, enjoy a nice fresh, tasty smoke with your friends. If you’re in the area, and you’ve got any questions, need any cleaning supplies or are looking to purchase brand-new glass pipes in Scottsdale, AZ, come on down to Coughing Canary, and we’ll get you set up with everything you need. Our staff is very knowledgeable about glass and glass maintenance, and we’re passionate about ensuring that you have a good smoke.

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