Cleaning is perhaps one of the most important parts of owning any type of pipe, bubbler, bong, etc. Without proper maintenance any bubbler, regardless of the material it’s made of, is going to begin to clog, taste terrible, and generally cease to function. That being said, there really is no good replacement to simply making sure to keep the bubbler clean by a good soak and scrub combo. Make sure that the bubbler is getting a good soak before beginning to scrub and there will be more gunk and resin coming off with less effort.
There are a couple of different methods of cleaning product that can be used as well. These range from simple soap and water, boiling, vinegar, and commercially available cleaners, such as 420 Cleaner. Depending on what someone’s preferences are, these will all be better than others. Some certainly require more active, mechanical cleaning than others as well. Each is a proven method, however, of cleaning a bubbler. There are also some things like rags, gloves, etc that can prove rather useful when cleaning. Particularly to avoid smelly hands and messes around the sink or house.
There are a couple of intuitive but important steps that should be taken when cleaning a bubbler. Below, they are listed in chronological order:
There are commercially available cleaners at smoke shops or online head shops, such as 420 Cleaner or more home-remedy solutions like rubbing alcohol, vinegar and salt, water, etc. All of these options will have pros and cons associated with them and cost differently. However, the choice will ultimately come down to preference.
Cleaning with vinegar and salt (for some friction and grit) will result in a nice, natural clean feeling. Folks often enjoy using vinegar and salt because as an edible household combo it feels much safer and cleaner than using commercial cleaners or products like rubbing alcohol. This is certainly not a bad way to get a cleaner bubbler and will not affect taste or smell as long as properly rinsed. Because vinegar is not a hazard to ingest and can be purchased cheaply in bulk it is a popular way to clean a bubbler and other smoking pipes too.
Some folks prefer to use boiling water to get the resin out of a bubbler. This superheats the resin into a liquid state much like when it originally is formed after burning the herb. However, despite being a cheap and efficient method, take great caution. Glass can break under extreme heat and the transition from super hot water to anything much cooler will also cause shattering. Use extreme caution.
Much like cleaning any other type of bubbler a glass bubbler simply requires extra care. For example, the idea of boiling glass is one that, while efficient and cheap, requires caution. However, a nice bonus to glass is that it is translucent and usually easier to determine whether or not it is sufficiently clean. Hand blown glass is also one of the most popular materials for bubblers so cleaners are certainly designed around them.
Much like glass except its unbreakable and not translucent. Some are able to be taken apart and bendable and so potentially easier to clean. Otherwise, follow the same procedures but add an extra rinse just to make sure everything is cleaned out – both resin and cleaning agent.
Because of all the nooks and crannies in a bubbler, just make sure to be cautious that all the resin is gone. Some are tougher than others. Get some pipe cleaners and other bendable tools to help make sure all the spots are reached.
Bubblers can be found almost anywhere. Smoke shops and online stores carry them in large numbers because they’re so popular. Remember that vapevetstore.com has a large variety of bubblers and that all orders placed in the USA always ship FREE!
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