Resin builds up inside of glass pipes and makes them very difficult to clean. Over time, resin can even change the color of a pipe and make it hard to use. It’s important to clean a pipe regularly to keep it looking its best and prevent any additional resin from building up. In this article, we’ll go over a few ways to get the most stubborn resin out of your glass pipe without breaking it.
The first step is to rinse the pipe with warm water. This can help to remove some of the looser plant matter and tar that is stuck to your pipe. You can also try using some denture tablets or boiling the pipe for 20-30 minutes to help get rid of any lingering stains or resin.
If you have an extremely dirty pipe that is almost impossible to clean, soaking it in isopropyl alcohol can help. The alcohol will dissolve some of the resin and make it easier to scrape off. It’s important to only soak your pipe in alcohol for a short amount of time, as the quick temperature change can cause your glass to crack or shatter.
Another way to get resin out of your pipe is to soak it in a mixture of salt and baking soda. This solution works well because it can help to remove stains, dissolve resin, and even deodorize the pipe. Simply put your pipe into a ziploc bag, pour in the baking soda and salt mixture, and shake the pipe. You can repeat this process until your pipe is fully cleaned.
One final way to remove resin from a pipe is to use a metal tool, such as a bent paper clip or q-tip. The metal can cut through some of the harder parts of resin and break it off. Be sure to rinse the pipe thoroughly afterward so that no residue remains.
You can also try rubbing the surface of your pipe with a bar of soap. The soap will help to remove some of the resin and tar that is stuck to your pipe. The soap can also help to deodorize your pipe and remove any lingering smells from smoking.
Regularly cleaning your pipe is a great way to keep it looking its best and to ensure that you are able to use it for longer. A dirty pipe can harbor bacteria, which can lead to a number of health problems. In severe cases, the bacteria in a dirty pipe can actually cause necrotizing pneumonia, which is very dangerous. If you want to learn more about how to maintain your glass pipe properly, check out this article from Smoke Cartel.