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Here’s How to Clean Resin from Any Surface

If you’ve ever owned a pipe or bong, you know the nightmare that it can be to clean resin off pieces and other surfaces. It’s sticky, can stain fabrics, and if you’re the kind of person that has to hide your extracurricular activities, it can seriously strain that attempt. So how the heck do you clean the stuff up? You’re in luck, because there are a few ways to get your pieces, bongs, bowls, hands, and any other belongings and paraphernalia looking like new.

Solvents are a great way to clean resin.

It turns out alcohol isn’t just for drinking; you can also use rubbing alcohol (or vodka) to clean resin from nearly any surface. Using alcohol is pretty simple: soak whatever you’re cleaning in rubbing alcohol, or spray it over the surface. Gently rub it with your hands or a cloth to loosen it up and remove it. One upside to using Vodka is that you can extract the residual THC and reuse it, if you so choose. Details and method can be found here.

Cola is acidic enough to use as s solvent to clean resin.

Other solvents work in the same way, but are not safe for all surfaces. Cola is acidic enough to partially dissolve built-up resin and makes cleaning easier. Acetone (nail polish remover) is an effective solvent for cleaning fabric, but be careful not to make the stain worse. Remember to always spot-test before using it on fabric in case of bleeding or staining. WD40 can also be used to remove stains, but it is notorious for ruining fabrics and other delicate things. If nothing seems to be doing the trick for your fabrics, try bug spray.

Clean Resin with an Agitator

Use salt as an agitator to clean resin.

Using solvents are often the best way to clean resin, but there are some other options, including salt, sand and even baking soda. It’s worth pointing out in advance that you’ll lose any use of the resin when using salt to agitate bongs, bowls, and other surfaces. Use an agitator that is mildly abrasive to pull the resin off of glass, plastic, and more.

If the resin is still wet and you’re outside, rubbing sand into it will cause the resin and dirt to clump up, coming off easier. If it has already dried a bit, using either toothpaste or water with salt and baking soda on it can work. These two options are particularly good for fabrics and your hands. Rub the fabric against itself to clean resin from your fabrics.

Use Oil to Soften the Resin

Use coconut oil and a pipe cleaner to clean resin from bowl pieces.

If you have some margarine, butter, olive oil, coconut oil, or even peanut butter lying around, you can use it to clean resin from bowl pieces and surfaces. The resin will absorb the oil and soften it, making it easier to remove. The downside of using an oil is that you’re left with a whole new mess. These oils are all easy to remove with soap and water though, so using oils is perfectly viable for cleaning skin, hard surfaces and bowl pieces. Don’t use oil for cleaning fabrics.

Set up a “Work” Area to Clean Resin with Ease

Set up a little work station for yourself to keep your area clean and easy to stash away. Use a rolling tray or platter and cover it with parchment paper. Tinfoil and non-stick wrap can also work, but parchment and wax paper are non-stick, and perfect for tricky substances like resin. This makes it so much easier to clean resin up, and you can keep all the residual resin by freezing the parchment paper or tin foil and removing the resin when it’s nice and solid.

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Here’s How to Clean Resin from Any Surface If you’ve ever owned a pipe or bong, you know the nightmare that it can be to clean resin off pieces and other surfaces. It’s sticky, can stain fabrics,

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  1. What you’ll need
  2. Cleaning your pipe step-by-step

The pipe, a small, handheld device used to smoke cannabis, is one of the oldest and most common smoking methods in the world. Pipes remain popular cannabis smoking devices today, largely due to their availability, affordability, ease of use, and wide range of types, colors, and styles.

The pipe, a small, handheld device used to smoke cannabis, is one of the oldest and most common smoking methods in the world. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Part of using a pipe, bong, dab rig — or virtually any other smoking device — is knowing how to clean it. With frequent use, and without regular cleaning, pipes will build up residue that leads to clogging and affects smoke flavor negatively. For an optimal smoking experience, it’s important to clean your pipe regularly. Below is a step-by-step guide to cleaning and maintaining a pipe for optimal performance, smoke purity, and longevity of use.

What you’ll need

Before you begin cleaning your pipe, gather the following ingredients and materials:

  • A sealable plastic bag
  • Paper clip
  • 99% Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
  • Table salt (sodium chloride) or epsom salt (magnesium sulfate)
  • Dish soap

Cleaning your pipe step-by-step

Now that you have what you need to adequately clean your pipe, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Place the pipe in a sealable plastic bag with alcohol

Carefully place the pipe in a sealable plastic bag and fill it with rubbing alcohol until the entire pipe is submerged. If you don’t have a baggie on hand, you can also use a small sealable container.

Carefully place the pipe in a sealable plastic bag and fill it with rubbing alcohol until the entire pipe is submerged. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Step 2: Add a teaspoon of salt

Add a teaspoon of table salt (sodium chloride) or Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate). Either will work. Salt will act as a scrubber or sponge on resin where an actual sponge or brush can’t reach. Work the salt into the pipe as much as possible to ensure it’s fully doing the work of deep cleaning.

Salt will act as a scrubber or sponge on resin where an actual sponge or brush can’t reach. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Coarse sea salt is typically used to clean bongs and other water pipes, but table or Epsom salt is usually enough to clean a pipe. If your pipe is particularly dirty or filled with old, hard resin, try using coarse salt.

Step 3: Let the pipe soak

Leave the pipe to soak in the bag or container for about 12 hours. This will give the alcohol enough time to thoroughly dissolve the resin.

Step 4: Shake the bag

Shake the bag vigorously to loosen residual resin. If you’re using a container, skip this step to avoid breaking your pipe.

Shake the bag vigorously to loosen residual resin. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Step 5: Remove the pipe from the bag and wash

After you’ve let your pipe soak for 12 hours and given it a good shake, remove your pipe from the bag and wash with hot water and dish soap. If you have any stubborn resin still clinging to your pipe, try removing it with a paperclip or pipe cleaners, but only if it won’t do damage to your pipe. You can also try using a pipe cleaner or cotton swab. After you’ve washed the pipe, give it a final rinse with just hot water.

Step 6: Let the pipe dry

Give your pipe ample time to sit and dry before you use it again. If your pipe isn’t totally clean before you begin drying, repeat the previous steps and make sure to add new salt, as the salt from the first round of cleaning will have been largely dissolved.

In both their material build and wide variety of unique designs, pipes are typically designed to last a long time. They also need regular maintenance to keep up their full function and deliver a clean, flavorful smoke.

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