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Glass Pipe Cleaning 101

Glass Pipe Cleaning 101

Properly cleaning your glass pipes is important if you want the highest quality smoke. A build-up of resin can ruin the taste of the smoke quality flower and concentrates and present a health hazard in the long run. Follow our guide to glass pipe cleaning to ensure a delicious and healthy smoking session.

Gather Supplies:

  • Gloves: Just in case things get sticky
  • Hot Water: As hot as you can get it without burning yourself
  • Resin Remover: Resin removers clean glass and prevent resin build-up from any finished surface (if using a cleaner, salt and alcohol will not be needed)
  • Epsom Salt: Rock and coarse sea salt will also do
  • Isopropyl Alcohol (Be extremely careful when using isopropyl alcohol. All cleaned glass should be thoroughly rinsed and dried before use)
  • Cotton balls
  • Q-tips
  • Pipe Cleaners or Scrub Brush

Disassemble Pipe:

Remove all movable parts from your pipe, including the bowl and downstem of a water pipe. Set them aside.


Using warm water, rinse away any loose debris that has accumulated in the main body of the pipe. Set the pipe aside to dry as you rinse the smaller pieces.

Add Cleaning Agents:

Though isopropyl alcohol can be dangerous if ingested, it is the most common solution used to clean glass pipes, so we have chosen to include this method.


Cleaners are specially designed to make cleaning your glass an easier process. Some cleaners also prevent resin build-up to make future cleaning painless. To clean an untreated pipe, simply pour a couple of drops into the pipe and scrub under hot water with a pipe cleaner or small scrub brush. To clean a pre-treated pipe, simply run under hot water.

Salt and Alcohol:

If cleaning a water pipe, add epsom salt and alcohol to the base of the pipe. Make sure to add enough salt to ensure it doesn’t dissolve in the alcohol as you will need it as an abrasive. Cover every hole. You can cover them with your hands or stuff them with cotton balls (make sure you’ll be able to get them out!). Hold onto your water pipe securely, and shake! Shake until your arms fall off and then shake some more!

To clean a small dry pipe or hand pipe, it may be easier to add the salt, alcohol, and pipe to a zip lock bag and shake vigorously. Make sure to flush that mess down the toilet when you’re done.

Rinse and Repeat:

If it’s been awhile, your pipe may need some extra love. Don’t be afraid to repeat this process more than once. Rinse thoroughly and allow to dry before use.

Pay Attention to Detail:

Now that you’ve cleaned the body of your pipe, you can turn your attention back to the removable pieces. Rinse each piece under warm water. Using a q-tip or pipe cleaner soaked in the cleaning solution of your choice, scrub the nooks and crannies. Rinse thoroughly and allow the components to dry before reassembling and using your pipe.