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Cleaning glass pipe with vinegar?

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  • Jul 10 2010 03:16 PM
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Posted 10 July 2010 - 03:16 PM

I've used rubbing alcohol and salt to clean my pipe and it works beautifully but i heard it will fade the colours of the pipe? Which i definitely don't want because i looove my pipe and it has great colours. I heard you can use vinegar to clean them some how and its better to keep the colour? I'm not sure. Thoughts? Tips? Suggestions? Comments?
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Posted 10 July 2010 - 03:19 PM

Only one way to find out

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 03:23 PM

I would imagine, you can also just clean it with hot water it just takes it a bit longer than with alcohol, done that before when I was too lazy to go to save-on

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 03:24 PM

Yeah I did it the other night because I had no alcohol on me. It works extremely well. I used distilled white vinegar but I don't think it matters.

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 03:26 PM

This is what I use. Just water it down. Awesome

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 01:23 AM

i use listerine and hot water, makes it smell awesome and hasnt given me trouble yet

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 01:32 AM

Alcohol is only a problem if your glass is cheap, I learned that the hard way myself lol. I let the colors dissolve, if they're coming out in the alcohol they're probably coming out in your smoke too. Vinegar works alrite, 91% isopropyl alcohol works a lot better though. To each his own.

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 02:10 AM

can alcohol lead to adverse effects? i always heard that, even with thorough rinsing, residues can get left behind and its real bad to smoke it. i could be completely wrong, but thats just what i was told. thats why i use grunge off.

have i been wasting my money on grunge off or does what i say hold a grain of truthe?

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 03:30 AM

i use listerine and hot water, makes it smell awesome and hasnt given me trouble yet


Huh I may try this. Do you just mix the two together then put it in a bag or something and swish it around then rinse it out?

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 11:20 AM

The only thing I don't like about hot water is, when you boil the resin off, all the resins and oils float to the top and settle on the surface of the water. So when you pull the bowl out, it gets covered in all that sticky resin again.

One way to get around that. After you're done cleaning it, leave to bowl in the water. Put the pot you were using into the sink. Slowly add more water to the pot until all the resin on the surface has over-flown into the sink.

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 12:45 PM

can alcohol lead to adverse effects? i always heard that, even with thorough rinsing, residues can get left behind and its real bad to smoke it. i could be completely wrong, but thats just what i was told. thats why i use grunge off.

have i been wasting my money on grunge off or does what i say hold a grain of truthe?


Don't quote me..just read the ingredients on your bottle of alcohol usually it should be a high percent of Alcohol and some Evaporated Water.Higher percent the better. I mean people smoke Qwiso hash and iso hash..and thats made using alcohol..before/after its been evaporated. I've been using 70-91 % for my pieces for years and I've had no problems.

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 01:02 PM

I put and efferdent den her tablet in a glass of water and soak my bowl in it for 24 hrs. Works pretty nice but it smells n tastes like shit so rinse it after.

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 07:14 PM

Don't you get higher if you don't clean your pipe cause it has all the resin in it already? I would do that but mine is kinda see through and when there is a lot of resin it looks a little gross, and im so proud of it and want it to look its best lol :rolleyes: And I'm mostly worried about the colour, i just don't want it to fade if i use alcohol or whatever. But if that only happens for not as good quality pipes then i guess I'm good

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 07:24 PM

I've used rubbing alcohol and salt to clean my pipe and it works beautifully but i heard it will fade the colours of the pipe? Which i definitely don't want because i looove my pipe and it has great colours. I heard you can use vinegar to clean them some how and its better to keep the colour? I'm not sure. Thoughts? Tips? Suggestions? Comments?


I would think if anything would cause fading it would be vinegar, it has a light acidic property..they use vinegar to clean hard water deposits..although I seriously doubt either will penetrate the glass and fade the colors..

I've had the same glass pipe for years, I actually soak mine in a glass full of 91% rubbing alcohol over night and it has never faded one bit...

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 07:03 AM

I boiled mine and it looks stained and the inside of the pot I used has this whitest stain on the walls is this perment anyone know never had this problem before?????

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 08:15 AM

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Posted 14 August 2011 - 02:16 PM

it is fucking glassss... seriously. it is conceivable that vinegar may fade in fabrics. but nothing is going to penetrate GLASS. think about it.

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Posted 04 May 2015 - 07:33 PM

I used salt and alcohol to clean my bong and now the paint is starting to peel on the out side of the bong does anyone know if there some kind of sealer i can put on it


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Posted 04 May 2015 - 08:59 PM

I used salt and alcohol to clean my bong and now the paint is starting to peel on the out side of the bong does anyone know if there some kind of sealer i can put on it

paint?  O.o


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Posted 04 May 2015 - 09:19 PM

I recently cleaned my glass bubbler that had years of cake in it.  I hadn't really been using it for the last 5 years or so but wanted to clean it.  Tried rubbing alcohol, gentle boiling, hot rubbing alcohol and it did an ok job but there was still chunks in it that I couldn't get out of nooks and crannies.  Finally I squirted some carburetor cleaner in it and it was an instant enema.  Took it out in no time.  I then just rinsed it with alcohol then water.  Good as new.





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