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Effective Glass Cleaning Tips

March 14, 2016 | Share Your Thoughts

Cannabis medicating glass often reflects the personality of its owner; the slob; the techy; the conservative; the artist; the snob and the clean freak. We would characterize the Sacred Garden personality as cross between “the snob”, “the clean freak” and “the techy”.

Our employees have a tendency to follow certain glass blowers, design trends, and cutting edge consumption techniques before making certain personal glass purchases. Along with their appreciation of great glass pieces comes an obsession with pipe cleanliness.

glasscleaningThere are two simple techniques that the Sacred Garden team recommends for cleaning and hygiene purposes: medical grade 99% isopropyl alcohol and coarse sea salt; or an all-natural, commercial cannabis cleaner like Chronic Orange or 420 Cleaner. Both methods will thoroughly and safely clean your medicating glass with just a little patience.

The first method involves soaking and rinsing the pipe with 4-7 ounces of isopropyl alcohol and 2 big tablespoons of coarse salt. If you have larger water pipes with multiple glass-on-glass components, the most important step is remove and set aside the bowls, slides, nails/bangers and joints. Next, add the 2 tablespoons of salt to the main body of water pipe. Quickly following the salt, carefully pour the isopropyl alcohol into the pipe. Swirl and gently shake the pipe so the solution touches all the internal surfaces for 30-60 seconds. The salt acts as a mild, natural abrasive to remove cannabis smoke/vapor residues and it will not dissolve in the sterilizing alcohol. In addition to sterilizing the pipe, the isopropyl alcohol also breaks down sticky residues. If 30-60 seconds is not long enough to get the pipe clean, let the pipe rest with the solution inside and continuously repeat the process every ten minutes until the piece is completely residue free. Finally, rinse your clean pipe in luke warm water to remove any cleaning solution residue.

Once the pipe is clean, careful add one or all of your separate pieces to a one quart, heavy duty freeze bag and pour in the dirty solution from large pipe in order to reuse the solution. Carefully massage and manipulate the pieces inside the bag taking care not to break them. Once the pieces are residue free, rinse them in luke warm water too.

The second cleaning method uses the same physical cleaning techniques and steps outlined above, but relies on solely on natural commercial cleaning products like 420 Cleaner or Chronic Orange.

As always, we are here 7 days a week to help answer medical cannabis related questions.

** Advanced Tip: Keep a bottle of filtered or distilled water in refrigerator for your glass pipes. NM well and public water systems contain high mineral contents that build up over time in your pieces. This build up is notoriously hard to remove and will add a significant amount of time to your cleaning time. **

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