How to Clean Your Pipe – Home Cleaning Solutions


If you are a regular toker, you know what it is like when your head gear gets all gunked up with that quality herb you have been partaking. After a while, it is difficult to draw a good toke and in turn you are probably wasting your expensive stash. Whether it is a pipe, bong, or vaporizer, scraping off sticky resin and ash can be a real chore. Below are some home cleaning solutions for your head gear that are easy to find and use. If your device cannot be submerged in these solutions make sure you have one or all of the following on hand for a detailed cleaning: A small metal or thick bristled brush, Q-tips, paper towels and steel wool (Brillo).

Nail Polish Remover

Nail polish remover, aka acetone, is a powerful chemical that is very effective in cleaning glass and metal pipes, chambers, etc. Simply pour enough into a glass bowl to be able to submerge your device in and let it marinate for about 15 to 30 minutes. Remove and rinse thoroughly under water. NOTE: Acetone is a mild acid so be careful exposing too much to your skin. Also, any paraphernalia that has thin paint on the outside may be stripped. It is important to rinse your gear after using acetone to avoid inhaling any leftover chemical.

Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol (70-90% isopropyl) is not as strong as acetone but can get the trick done. Submerge your gear in the alcohol in a glass bowl or glass and let sit for a few hours. The alcohol will become brown over time. Thoroughly rinse and scrub if needed.

White Vinegar

Here is another emollient that is even weaker than alcohol but if marinated long enough also does the job. Follow the same submerging advice above but leave it in the vinegar even longer. Rinsing and scrubbing is essential so as not to end up with a vinegar taste.

Boiling Water

If you cannot find or do not want to use any of the above solutions, you can boil your gear. Be careful here with glass pipes as they can sometimes break. Simply boil enough water to submerge your gear and let it boil for a while making sure you check on it every fifteen minutes or so. Using tongs to remove your gear to see the progress is the safest way to work with boiling water.


For real stubborn, caked on herb, scrubbing with salt and any of the above remedies works as an excellent removal tool. Sprinkle some salt into your gear, submerge a Q-tip into the solution of choice and scrub away. The sticky residue should easily dissipate.

These home cleaning solutions for your head gear work just as well as any store bought brand. Remember to disassemble any gear that needs to be taken apart and submerge and/or scrub accordingly. Cleaning your gear is essential for a rich, clean smoking or vaping effect. It will enhance your high and save your weed. So what are you waiting for? Get cleaning!

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  1. I used to use simple green and hot water and put it in a circle container and swish it around until it was all clean. Also, safe to smoke out of afterwards.

  2. Efferent soak overnight does wonders! I put two tablets in a ziplock full of water and my bowl got clean and there was no nasty taste.

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