Cleaning and Caring for Smoking Paraphernalia

If you are a cannabis user who tends to favour smoking your weed, you probably know a thing or two about the various smoking paraphernalia available on the market. But do you know how to clean it? We’ve compiled some great tips and tricks to keep your smoking apparatus’ in tip-top shape so that it’s always ready when you are.

Grinders

The first step to getting your cannabis ready to smoke is to grind it, so it’s important to keep your grinder free of dirt, debris, and other particles that could find it’s way into your rolled joint, pipe, or bong. 

The first step is to gather your cleaning materials. To clean your grinder, you will need a toothpick, isopropyl alcohol, cotton swab and a flat surface (preferably something disposable like a paper plate or napkin). 

First, open your grinder and shake out any large pieces of debris. Use your toothpick to remove and collect any kief for future use. Next, you will want to use the isopropyl alcohol to remove other debris and dirt. If your grinder has been cleaned fairly recently, it likely will only need a wipe with your cotton swab and isopropyl alcohol. However, if it has been a while since you last cleaned it, it is likely clogged and will need to be submerged in the alcohol for approximately 30 minutes to help dislodge the dirt. You can then use your cotton swab and toothpick to clean out any stubborn pieces of debris that may be stuck. Lastly, rinse your grinder well in warm water and leave it to air-dry. Make sure it is completely dry before you use it again.

Bongs

To clean your bong, you will need the following items: towels to plug the holes, isopropyl alcohol, and access to hot water.

Step 1 is to empty your bong completely of any water and residue. Rinse the bong thoroughly with fresh, warm water. Mix the isopropyl alcohol with hot water and pour it into the bong. Use a towel to plug the mouthpiece and the stem (or use the fitted plugs for your bong if you have them on hand!). Once you are sure that your bong is properly sealed, repeatedly shake the bong until all residue is gone and it looks like new. If there is stubborn residue, you may need to repeat the process several times before you can achieve the desired result. If the stem still appears dirty, remove it from the bong and clean it separately using the same method as above. Lastly, rinse your bong thoroughly with warm water and allow it to air dry before next use. 

Vapes

Before attempting to clean your vape, start by consulting the manual that came with it, as your particular device may have specific instructions. 

If you do not have access to the manual for your device, or are looking for general cleaning tips, the below steps should help guide you.

The materials you will need for this process are isopropyl alcohol and cotton swabs.

As a general rule of thumb, you will want to completely disassemble your vape and clean each individual part by removing visible dirt using a cotton swab dipped in alcohol. If you are having trouble getting into the corners of your device, a small brush (such as a toothbrush), may help. Once you have cleaned each component with the alcohol, rinse each part with warm water. Keep the device disassembled and dry each individual part thoroughly to ensure they do not rust. After the device is fully dried, you can reassemble it.

Pipes

To clean your pipe, you will need the following: isopropyl alcohol, salt, and a Ziploc bag large enough for your pipe.

First, run your pipe under hot water to remove any large pieces of debris. Then, place it inside the Ziploc bag and pour the isopropyl alcohol into the bag until the pipe is fully submerged. Add one teaspoon of salt and then seal the bag. You will now need to shake the bag for 1-2 minutes to thoroughly clean the pipe. Pour out the solution and rinse the pipe under hot water to remove the loosened debris. Repeat these steps until the pipe is visibly clean. Once you are happy with your cleaned pipe, rinse it with hot water and let it air dry before using it again.

The Takeaway

Keeping your smoking paraphernalia clean is an important step in ensuring that you get full use out of your device and weed. Allowing debris build-up can be harmful to both your device and yourself. Following the steps above should keep your apparatus in great shape so that you are always ready to enjoy your weed! If you are looking for the best smoking paraphernalia for you, talk to our budtenders at Flowertopia! We can help guide you through the available options and features of each.

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