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How to Clean Your Pipe

Introduction: How to Clean Your Pipe

Do you have a pipe? Then you know that after smoking Tobacco or other LEGAL things such as Saliva. After a couple uses the pipe can get full of resin and other things. This instructable will show you who to clean it.

Step 1: Parts

You need:
A pipe to clean
Rubbing Alcohol
Something to get the screen out
Bags
A new screen

Step 2: Pull Out Old Screen and Disassemble

Use a pointy object to remove the old screen, then disassemble as far as u can.

Step 3: Bag It

Put all the pipe related parts in a bag then fill with the alchol leaving some room.

Step 4: Shake

Shake and leave to sit over night, but not to long. mine leaked.

Step 5: Finish

Wipe up, reassemble and put in a new screen, and you’re done.

Here are the twins, as Bender would say “Make new friends and keep the old, because one is silver and the other is gold.”

Step 6: Other Ideas

If you are smoking a certain green substance and you want to keep the resin, pour the bag into a bowl. Then leave it in the sun to evaporate.

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50 Discussions

You know salt causes metal to rust, right? I wouldn’t use salt on anything metal.

Reply 5 months ago

Not sure but I believe salt speeds up the oxidation which only happens in oxygen environments. Since this piece is under water not A problem. Also it takes A fair amount of time and odds are these pieces will be resin soaked soon after cleaning. HA HA

Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

Not “rust” exactly. Rust normally refers to iron oxydation. Salt causes corrosion for sure, especially sodium salts, but any salt that is electrolytically active will do the same thing.

BUT, if the salt is not left on it for any length of time (days or longer) it will help remove some oxidation. An overnight soak and rinse shouldn’t hurt it at although I might not do this with copper parts.

i need to know how to clean a mushroom keychain pipe mine is so clogged with rez i cant even smoke out of it anymore

Reply 5 years ago

Or use a Bobby pin or something similar and scrape it if you plan on smoking it.

Reply 5 years ago

Add some sea salt in with it and shake, the grains scrub the sides. Or you could buy cleaning fluid from a headshop and follow the directions in the bottle, some don’t work very well if it’s caked full.

I think u meant salvia

If you add coarse salt to the bag and shake hard for a min or two it really helps alot. It acts as an abrasive. The salt will not dissolve in the alcohol.

Nice instructible. I have an instructible series coming out about kinds of smoking apparatuses and how to make them. by far, I only have one about making a bong, or “water filtered pipe” and I would strongly appreciate if anyone could view it and comment on it. Thank you.

alchohol and salt. you dont need anything else. get 90% iso- it works better(less water) and is clean disolving. all of the cleaners you could use or detergents or whatever are going to leave residue. residue that could react to heat, you dont want to breathe that in. even some chemicals that work well are generally industrial grade- not medical and the ingredients listed do not have to be 100% pure. when using something like napathol, try leaving some out on a glass dish for a few days before trying it on your piece and see what is left behind.
if you dont care about your piece or pan i suppose boiling is a good way to clean, but putting the stress on the glass all over from the heat is bad. it puts stress on any faults in the glass or tiny cracks and chips. this could result in a premature break. while heating is inevitable of some parts of the piece with use, why put undo stress on good pieces?
maybe im just a connoisseur

Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

Hey guys and gals, I have found a really cheap and simple way to clean a whole pipe. No matter what type or brand. If you go to a beauty shop or whatever (the way i found this was my wife was helping me clean pipes and she made the suggestion) buy some of the nail buffer, shiner and one of the rough ones. Then use long strokes and use the rough one to sand away any gunnk or residue left on the stem of the pipe. Then use the buffer to get any scratches off of it. Finally scrub as hard as you can with the shiner and watch your pipe shine.

you mean salvia, not saliva. smoking saliva would suck.

Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

Well, some people would do it. Ancient cultures that worshiped the Fly Agaric mushrooms found that there was a scarcity at one point, so the priests began to be the sole people that ingested the mushroom alone. Since the toxins in the fly agaric don’t get absorbed, for the most part, by the human body, the next lower social class would drink the urine of the priests in order to get the high that they desired, since it made them feel closer to ‘God’. It kept going like this until the lowest social class.

How to Clean Your Pipe: Do you have a pipe? Then you know that after smoking Tobacco or other LEGAL things such as Saliva. After a couple uses the pipe can get full of resin and other things. This instructable will show you who to clean it.

How to Clean Your Weed Pipe

Legal, recreational cannabis is coming to more states with every election, and that means more people may want to try it. To help these weed newbies (much of the Lifehacker staff included), we’re covering all the basics for beginners.

In this video, John Short of California Alternative Caregivers in Venice, California shows the proper way to clean your pipe. All you need is a Ziploc bag and some commercial pipe cleaning liquid. (If you don’t have that available, some rubbing alcohol and coarse salt will do just fine.) Simply submerge the pipe in the liquid in the bag and shake until all the burned-up bits come out.

Then rinse in warm water, dry, and you’re ready to light up again!

This story was originally published on April 17, 2019 and was updated on June 28, 2019.

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DISCUSSION

Designate a tupperware for this and all future cleanings. Place all dirty pipes in container and fill with isopropyl alcohol (the 90%, not the 70%); allow to soak as long as possible. Rinse pipes in hot water, wipe away any extra grime with a isopropyl-wetted cotton ball.

If that hasn’t gotten all the gunk off: stop the bowl with a dry cotton ball, hold the pipe with your thumb on the cotton ball and another finger over the carb, make a mess putting a little salt in the pipe (use Epsom salt for best results) and a little isopropyl. Stop the mouthpiece with another finger and shake. The salt/iso combination will scrub the rest of the resin off. Dump solution out and r inse with hot water to dissolve any lingering salt particles.

IF there is any more resin left on the piece, use pipe cleaners and/or q-tips dipped in isopropyl to brush the bastard clean. Recommend swiping each hole with an alcohol-wetted q-tip, practicing patience (resin can be a bitch to get off , especially on pipes), possibly using some gloves so your hands don’t get gunked (you can also use another isopropyl cotton ball to clean off your fingers), and laying out a square of aluminum foil to put dirty q-tips and cotton balls on so your sink/bathtub/table doesn’t get all contact- sticky.

Source: a cheap but clean stoner who is spending all their money on flower and none on single-purpose cleaner, thank you very much.

Legal, recreational cannabis is coming to more states with every election, and that means more people may want to try it. To help these weed newbies (much of the Lifehacker staff included), we’re covering all the basics for beginners. ]]>