Ceramic pipes have become a popular way to enjoy smoking your herbs. Pipes and bongs made of ceramic are safe to smoke, cool the smoke better than glass and have amazing designs. But how do you clean your new ceramic pipe without damaging it?
Many cleaning methods for smoking accessories involve simple water and dish soap application, and ceramic pipes are no exception. When going this route, make sure to choose a mild dishwashing detergent, such as Dawn.
4 Easy Steps to Clean Your Ceramic Pipe
1. Mix one cup of hot water with 5-10 drops of the dishwashing detergent. Place your pipe inside a Ziplock baggie or other storage container that can withstand the heat of the hot water. Baggies made for freezer storage work better than thin ones.
2. Pour the cleaning solution in the container, making sure to use enough to cover the entire pipe. Seal the baggie or container and let it sit for 15 minutes to half an hour, depending on how long it's been since your last cleaning.
3. Use small brush, or pipe cleaners to clean off any remaining bits of residue, including inside the pipe.
4. Rinse the entire pipe thoroughly with warm water and let it fully dry. If you need to fire that bad boy up right away, dry the exterior with paper towels or a towel. You can run a clean, dry cotton swab or pipe cleaner through the interior parts to dry them.
Can I Use Alcohol and Salt?
Cleaning agents such as vinegar, isopropyl alcohol and hydrogen peroxide products with oil in them can damage the ceramics. They can cause the ceramic to swell and make your pipe bend out of shape, rendering it damaged or useless.
Prepackaged Pipe Cleaners
Pre-packaged cleaners may damage ceramic pipes. In addition, some of the bottled cleaners being sold don’t mention that they aren’t safe to use on all types of materials. Many are solely meant for glass smoking equipment, and using them on ceramic can cause damage and even ruin your favorite pipe.
Use Your Ceramic Pipe
Now you have a safe and easy way to clean your ceramic pipe. Get in the habit of cleaning your pipe regularly. Once you have a clean ceramic pipe, you can fill it up and get the benefits you need from cannabis. Happy smoking!