How to Clean a Pipe: 5 Hacks for Making Your Pipe Cleaner

How to Clean a Pipe: 5 Hacks for Making Your Pipe Cleaner

You know that feeling.

You reach for your pipe after a long day, hoping to have a relaxing puff as the evening winds down.

But it’s dirty. Again. It might be just a bit of unpleasant resin. It could be so clogged you can’t even pull through it.

Either way, it’s time to clean your pipe. At this point, you can’t just push the nearest long, thin object through the stem. You’ve got to get down and dirty.

There’s a lot of information on the best ways to clean your pipe out there. It can get pretty confusing. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of 5 pipe-cleaning hacks you’ve just got to try.

How to Clean a Pipe with Pipe Cleaners

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Pipe cleaners are one of the most useful tools around for pipe-cleaning. That’s what they’re made for.

Buy a pack of pipe cleaners online and you’re ready to go.

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How to Clean a Pipe with Water

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Water has been our go-to cleaning material since we rose up on two legs.

There’s a reason for that. Water is earth’s natural cleaning system. It washes away worries, cares and dirt. Not to mention resin, ash and pipe-related debris.

In order to clean a glass or wooden pipe, you’ll need to use hot water. That’s because hot water has molecules which move at a faster rate than cool water, so it cleans faster than cool water.

That being said, glass and wooden pipes are not created equal. Though each has its merits, we’ll focus just on how to clean them.

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How to Clean a Pipe with Alcohol

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Isopropyl Alcohol is common and versatile substance. This cleaning solution (also known as rubbing alcohol) can be used for everything, from wiping off boo-boos to cleaning your pipe.

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How to Clean a Pipe with a Natural Solution

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Many people want to avoid using chemicals. But sometimes pipes are so dirty that water and salt alone will not work to take off debris.

What can you use in this case? Thrillist recommends using water, baking soda and vinegar. These products are very safe and all-natural.

For this method, glass and wood pipes can be cleaned in the same manner. Put your pipe in a large bowl, then cover it with a good pile of baking soda. Pour vinegar on top of it, and watch the magic happen!

In 10 or 15 minutes, your pipe will be squeaky clean. You won’t have to worry about the chemicals, either.

How to Clean a Pipe with Basic Care and Maintenance

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Do you know the ultimate secret to pipe-cleaning?

It’s proper care and maintenance of your pipe. You can achieve this little by little with every use. It will majorly cut down on the amount of time you have to spend cleaning your pipe.

The Gentleman's Gazette recommends buying materials like pipe cleaners, alcohol, and scraping tools. Use pipe cleaners after every smoke to ensure that resin doesn’t build up.

Make sure you read up on proper smoking techniques and learn about what you should and shouldn’t do. Improper technique can go a long way towards clogging an otherwise good bowl!

Cleaning Your Pipe Means a Better Smoking Experience

Remember, a good tobacco deserves a clean pipe. And clean pipes make for a happy and relaxing smoke. Follow these 5 hacks to elevate your smoking experience today!

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