Glass is one of the easiest-to-clean materials used when it comes to personal equipment. Whether you have a vaporizer, dab rig, or pipe, it is crucial to clean your equipment thoroughly and frequently to prevent the buildup of residue and bacteria (and extend the life of your piece).
In this article, you’ll discover the simplest ways to keep all your devices clean, functional, and fresh-tasting, allowing you to elevate your experience.
The Best Ways to Clean Glass Pipes, Dab Rigs, and Vaporizers
You may be wondering, “What’s the best way to clean my dab rig or vaporizer?”. Really cleaning any form of glass pipe can be tricky, so check out this guide for some quick tips to make it much easier!
Preventing the spread of germs is paramount, so it’s important to make sure you’re not taking in bacteria, mold, or tar residue.
There are two popular routes to clean your equipment, each with its own benefits.
Both methods suggest soaking, rinsing, and scrubbing your dirty glass, but the solution is different.
Cleaning a Glass Pipe With Vinegar and Baking Soda
One solution that can be used to clean your glass piece utilizes white vinegar and baking soda.
White vinegar and baking soda are safe and natural ingredients that you likely don’t need to leave home to find. The vinegar helps remove hard residue quickly (while killing any odor), while the baking soda acts as a water softener.
Mixing the two ingredients sparks a safe chemical reaction that produces gas CO2 and yields a semi-abrasive solution, making for a perfect glass-cleaning agent.
It will cut through any buildup or grease and leave your pieces sparkling clean and ready to go.
This method is popular since it’s safe, inexpensive, and easy.
Cleaning a Glass Pipe With Isopropyl Alcohol
Some people prefer to clean their glass with isopropyl alcohol, which is often paired with salt.
This is a faster option than using vinegar and baking soda, but it is slightly harsher and must be handled with care. You can purchase this type of alcohol from your neighborhood pharmacy or supermarket. It should be labeled at least 71% alcohol, though using 91% is ideal for killing germs.
Keep in mind, the higher the percentage of alcohol, the faster the cleaning process will be.
Adding iodine-free table salt will help remove any difficult buildup.
The risk of using alcohol to clean your glass is that it is somewhat dangerous. It is not ideal to inhale and can be highly flammable when the strength is over 70%.
Make sure to thoroughly rinse off all the alcohol to prevent dangers such as toxic fumes and fire hazards.
Equipment You’ll Need to Clean Your Glass Pipes
In addition to your cleaning solution, you might need one or two other items to get your pipes clean.
The hardest part of cleaning any accessory is getting all those tricky inside parts where the residue tends to get trapped.
Cotton tips, pipe cleaners, or brushes can be used to remove stubborn, hard-to-reach gunk and buildup.
Using a Tupperware container or Ziploc bag is the best way to submerge and clean your small bubblers, glass pipes, and glass vaporizer attachments. Here’s how to do it:
- Place your piece into the bag/container, then pour baking soda or salt.
- Gently shake to cover most areas of the pipe.
- Pour alcohol or vinegar solution, then seal the bag/container.
- Soak for 30 minutes minimum (longer for frequently used pieces).
- After the soak is complete, shake well, then scrub where needed with a cotton tip or brush.
- Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Set down on a paper towel to dry.
Note: For larger pieces (like dab rigs and water pipes), pour the cleaning agent from end to end to ensure all areas are covered. Shake delicately, then refill the solution if there is any stubborn tar or buildup.
Remember never to leave water in your piece for more than 8 hours, and do not submerge any electronic parts. Cleaning all glass equipment after each use is the best measure to prevent unnecessary buildup and bacteria.
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