How To Clean a Pipe

What's the best way to clean cannabis residue from your pipe?

All of the pipes we carry at Leaff are designed to be pieces you can treasure for the long-term. Treat them with care to get the best from your cannabis, preserve their beauty and enjoy them for years to come.

Whether your pipe is crystal, ceramic, glass or metal; we've rounded up the easiest way to keep your piece clean.

What you'll need

The main tools you'll need when cleaning any pipe are:

  • Rubbing alcohol (also called Isopropyl alcohol) - found in your local drugstore
  • Or alternatively you can use a solution of vinegar and baking soda
  • Cotton swabs
  • Salt
  • Paper towel
  • Pipe cleaners (optional)
Designer ceramic cannabis pipes.

How to clean a ceramic pipe

Avoid using pipe cleaners on ceramic pipes and introduce some salt as an agitator to help remove resin from the inner chamber:

  1. Over a sink, plug bowl with fingers, pour rubbing alcohol into mouth piece and add about a pinch of salt. Cover mouth piece and shake for a few moments and then empty. Repeat until resin is removed 
  2. Use cotton swabs and rubbing alcohol to clean bowl
  3. Rinse with warm water and air dry before use
Glass cannabis pipes.

How to clean a glass pipe

Glass pipes respond well to a long soak in hot soapy water: 

  1. Use cotton swabs and rubbing alcohol to clean bowl
  2. Soak pipe in hot, soapy (dish soap) water for 20 minutes. Or longer if needed
  3. Using paper towel and cotton swabs clean any remaining residue
  4. Rinse with warm water and air dry before use
Best one-hitter pipes.

How to clean a ceramic one-hitter pipe

  1. Use a toothpick to loosen any large debris
  2. Place pipe in a zip lock bag and fill with rubbing alcohol and a tablespoon of salt
  3. Shake vigorously until clean. Repeat as needed
  4. Rinse with warm water and air dry before use

If you'd like to clean your pipe without using rubbing alcohol

  1. Use a toothpick to loosen any large debris
  2. Place pipe in a bowl of warm water with a splash of vinegar and some baking soda
  3. Soak overnight
  4. Rinse with warm water and air dry before use
Metal cannabis pipe necklace.

How to clean a metal one-hitter pipe

  1. Remove the end caps from the pipe and use a toothpick or pipe cleaner to loosen and remove large debris
  2. Soak pipe and end caps in rubbing alcohol for at least 1 hour
  3. Use cotton swabs and pipe cleaner to remove any remaining residue
  4. Rinse with warm water and air dry

How to clean a crystal rose quartz cannabis pipes.How to clean a crystal gemstone pipe

  1. Pop the screen out of the pipe and sit it in bowl with a small amount of alcohol to soak
  2. Over a sink, plug bowl with fingers, pour rubbing alcohol into mouth piece
  3. Cover mouth piece and shake for a few moments and then empty. Repeat until resin is removed. You can also use a pipe cleaner to gently clean the inside of the pipe but go gently and don't use it on the outside of the pipe.
  4. Use cotton swabs and rubbing alcohol to clean bowl and pipe screen
  5. Rinse with warm water and air dry before use

Are there any cleaning tips for cannabis accessories we've missed? Drop your favourites in the comments below.

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