Saturday, October 8, 2011

How to Clean Your Pipe with Rubbing Alcohol

A glass or metal pipe is one of few things in this world that can be literally as good as new after a thorough cleaning. Using rubbing alcohol or isopropyl alcohol is a great way to clean your pipe; it's cheap, easy, and effective. This method also works great for cleaning bongs, bong stems, vaporizer handkits and other smoking accessories, however, alcohol should not be used for softer materials, like wood or bone. There are several variations of this method, but all basically involve soaking your pipe in isopropyl alcohol and then using something to remove the resin.

My favorite way to clean my pipe using alcohol is putting my pipe in a ziplock bag, pouring some alcohol into the bag, and then waiting an hour or two before shaking the bag and/or using a variety of tools to get to those hard to reach places. I only use isopropyl alcohol with 91% or higher concentration on my pipes, and a bottle of it usually costs about a dollar. I really don't think you need to spend a lot of money on expensive pipe cleaning solutions, as alcohol works just fine. You could also use Everclear grain alcohol if you have any left over from your Jungle Juice party.

After an hour or two (or even overnight), I take the bag and give it a few shakes to loosen up the resin. You could also put some kosher salt or uncooked rice in the bag to act as a mild abrasive. 

Pour out the resin-infused alcohol, being careful not to get it on anything of value, as it will cause stains. If the pipe is still a little dirty, I like to use some wire pipe cleaners at this time, since the resin is still soft and easy to remove.

Once your pipe is completely clean, give it a good rinse in warm water, wipe it down with a paper towel, let it dry and enjoy.

Check out our article on cleaning your pipe with boiling water.

30 comments:

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Making use of alcohol is a great idea for not all know this fact that is why this should be advertise to the public so that they would not be spending too much buying other cleaning solutions for there pipe.

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Anonymous said...

I use a simpler method... a qt zip lock baggie, 50% or 70% rubbing alcohol, salt.

Put glass pipe in baggie, enough alcohol to cover the pipe and a tad more, about 5-6 tablespoons of salt. I shake it for a minute and leave the baggie in the sink.

Now I heat up a few inches of water in a sauce pan before it boils I remove the pan from the stove and put it in the sink then place the baggie with the alcohol, salt and pipe in the hot water for 5 minutes. Remove the baggie and carefully shake the baggie for a few minutes.

Drain the baggie and rinse out the pipe. I've never never never have had any residual taste.

Anonymous said...

Also... ALCOHOL MAY REMOVE PAINT IF YOUR BOWL HAS PAINT IN OR ON IT.

Anonymous said...

I used this method and it worked perfectly! Thanks

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Anonymous said...

but how can i clean my pipe if it's bone and wood?

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Anonymous said...

I have been told to use coarse salt and vinegar in a baggie, let sit for a hour or so, shake, drain, rinse, use pipe cleaner for remaining residue, rinse again, let dry.

I haven't tried it but I have those ingredients in the house and no alcohol. Does anyone know if the vinegar works instead of alcohol?

Ollie Bowers said...

This is very interesting article. I have never know that this is possible. I am going to try it next time. I am trying not to use any chemicals. Best regards!

Peggy Peters said...

Isopropyl is really very cheap. I use it for cleaning my pipes, too. Just pour it and then rinse. I let my 5 years kid to clean with me it is soooo easy. Best regards! http://crystalpalacecleaner.co.uk/

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To clean a glass pipe,you'll initially need to assemble your supplies.You'll require a bottle of isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol),sea salt,a plastic sandwich bag,pipe cleaners,rubber gloves (simply because it's gross), and cotton swabs.You could supplant the plastic bag with any plastic,ceramic, or metal holder on the off chance that you like.

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Yama said...

Great tip and artical. Keep up the good tips!!!

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Penny Lane said...

Do you do that every time you use it or when the pipe gets bad?

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