Keep Your Tools Clean
Maintenance is half of life. Humans are toolmakers, and if we keep our tools clean and in good working order, they serve us well for our entire lives. This is true regardless of your practice. It's no different for the cannabis enthusiast who seeks to have the best possible session every time they sit down to load a bowl. If keeping your pipes fresh is important to you, then here are the best ways to do so.
The Cheap Way: ISO and Salt
This is a classic way of cleaning your pipe that doesn't cost much and works fantastically for pieces that are dirty from regular use. Take some room temperature or warm isopropyl alcohol (ISO) and mix it with sea salt. Put that in a ziplock or other container like a plastic Tupperware with your piece and shake and let soak. Once you pull your piece out, rinse with warm water and it’ll be freshened up.
Pros: Inexpensive and easy.
Cons: Wasteful and not able to clean larger pieces without using a ton of alcohol. Can get expensive if you clean your piece often.
There are a lot of products that are solvents that strip the grunge off your pipe by chemically dissolving the bonds that make it stick. Most are ethyl acetate, and the "strong stuff" is mostly just acetone. Pour it on or in your pipe and swirl it around. Then pour all the bad stuff out.
Pros: It will do the job on just about any level of use, even a gunked up dab rig.
Cons: These chemicals don’t smell too great, dry out your skin and can damage other household surfaces or certain materials like polycarbonate. Anything containing acetone will ruin a good manicure. Use it outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Don't let it get on your skin. Most of them tell you to put your pipe in a bag and shake. So be careful with big pieces.
All Natural Boil
If you have a thick glass pipe, then it can probably withstand having searing hot water poured into it. This liquifies all the goo inside and runs out as the water passes through it.
Pros: Simple yet effective. Boiling works excellent on lightly used pipes, accessories, and especially recyclers.
Cons: You're dealing with near boiling hot water. Be super careful. It may take multiple washes to clear the pipe. Can crack or break some glass that hasn’t been properly annealed.
Whenever you find yourself in a hotel, airport bathroom, or a house party and you’ve needed to clean up your piece, we suggest this party trick. Pour half vodka and half water in a coffee cup and heat in the microwave for about thirty seconds. Drop your spoon in and swish it around for a while and let it sit. Pull it out and rinse it off.
Pros: Its pretty easy to find vodka and a microwave.
Cons: Takes more than one application to completely clean.
Use Smoke Soap
This is what we do. Smoke Soap is an all natural heavy duty cleaner that releases the bonds that hold resins to the side of your glass and make them slip away when you wash your pipe out with warm or hot water.
Pros: It's reusable. Store the used Smoke Soap and water mixture, and you can use it multiple times.
Cons: You need patience. We recommend soaking your pipe overnight and then rinsing it out in the morning.
Cleaning brushes will help you get into all the hard to get to places in your pipe that a cotton swab can’t. Plastic tub containers are a great way to preserve your smoke soap. You can toss your bowls and spoons in one after your smoke sesh and rinse them out before you smoke for an entirely fresh bowl. Resolution Caps seal off the mouthpiece and downstems of your bongs so you can fill them with cleaner and shake them to speed up the cleaning process. Rez Block is our all-natural resin preventative, and it will save you time and money by keeping all the gunk from sticking to the walls of your pipe wherever water touches.
We hope this little guide helped you decide a method that might be good for you.