Glass water pipes are just one option for dry herb smoking. Unfortunately, they do require cleaning from time to time. So, how often do you need to clean your glass water pipe and how do you do it? Are there solutions that should never be used to clean your glass water pipe? Here, you will learn a little about caring for your glass water pipe.
What do you use to clean a glass water pipe?
If you search the web, you'll find a number of resources that will show you different methods of cleaning your glass water pipe. What you need to keep in mind is that whatever you put in the pipe needs to be safe for you to consume. Although you may think you rinse it well after you've cleaned it, those chemicals may leave residue behind that could potentially make you very sick.
You can purchase products made for cleaning pipes, bongs and pieces, or you can opt for natural products found in your pantry.
White vinegar and sea salt are a great team when it comes to cleaning glass water pipes. The vinegar's acidic nature will break down the gooey residue built up inside while the abrasiveness of the salt helps to scrub it clean. Just pour the mixture into the piece and shake it well. You may need to allow it to sit for several hours (days if it's been a while since the last cleaning) to get it as clean as you'd like.
How often do you need to clean your glass water pipe?
Think about it this way – how long does it take for water to begin growing bacteria in a normal setting? Now, when you're using a water pipe, the water is catching contaminants by filtering the smoke coming through the piece. That water is sitting inside the pipe at room temperature. Imagine the things that grow in there.
Water pipes should always be emptied and at least rinsed each day that they are used. Failure to clean them regularly will result in mold growth and possibly bacterial contamination. More thorough cleanings should be performed at least once a week for regular users and once every other week for those that don't use them often. Glass water pipes should be stored dry. Empty it and leave it out to dry before storing it for a while.
Taking care of your glass water pipe will not only make your herbs taste and smell better, but it will help prevent some of the health issues that could result in not caring for the pipe or doing it incorrectly. Hopefully, the information here has helped.