A Comprehensive Guide To Cleaning Your Cannabis Paraphernalia

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How often should you clean your cannabis paraphernalia? As much as you would like, right? But cleaning your pipes, bongs, and vape pens can be quite a chore. Luckily, there are many ways to make this process much easier and faster. You just have to know what works best for you and your favorite accessories. In this comprehensive guide on cleaning your cannabis paraphernalia, we’ll share with you our tried-and-true methods of keeping the good stuff pure while prolonging the life of your smoking devices and avoiding harmful chemicals. Enjoy!

General Tips For Cleaning Any Type Of Cannabis Paraphernalia

Before you even start thinking about washing your weed paraphernalia, make sure it’s empty. This will help prevent any water from getting inside and damaging the bong or pipe. After that, fill up a large bowl with hot water, add a few drops of dish soap to break up any grime, and soak the piece for about 15-20 minutes. Use tongs or chopsticks to loosen any hard-to-reach areas in the bowl so they can be properly cleaned. Rinse with cold water afterward and pat dry with paper towels before storing away!

A great way to keep your glass pieces clean and sparkling is by rubbing alcohol on a cloth. When drying glass pieces, gently buff them out with an old towel until all the moisture has evaporated. Ensure that both sides are dried equally so no one side is prone to scratching more than another.

A quick way to get rid of odors is by adding a pinch of baking soda into boiling water and then soaking your device for 10 minutes or until all the residue has been removed from the surface area. You can also use mouthwash like Listerine if you have no baking soda available.

These are some general tips when considering how to clean your weed paraphernalia. For more detailed instructions, scroll down below for our favorite methods.

How To Clean A Bong:
Place the bong on a table where you’ll have easy access to running water, and lay a kitchen towel underneath just in case any residual dirt gets left behind. If parts of your bong won’t come apart easily, try separating the different sections (base, tube, stem) first before submerging the whole thing in soapy water. Add enough dishwashing liquid to cover the bottom of your container and give it time to work its magic – at least 20 minutes should do the trick!

Rinse everything off well with cool tap water; not too much force is needed here, as this may cause cracks in fragile glassware. And wipe down every inch using a microfiber cloth soaked in vodka or rubbing alcohol to ensure nothing remains stuck inside. Fill the sink with warm water, place the bong upside down, and let it dry. Finish up by wiping down your bong once again with an alcohol-soaked rag before laying a tissue over it to catch any drips during its final drying process. Voila! Your newly refreshed bong is ready for action again.

How To Clean A Spoon, Dabber, And/Or Hash Roach Clip:
All three of these items tend to attract the same type of resin residue, but each requires a slightly different cleaning process. The safest method for all three would be to place them into a container filled with rubbing alcohol and let them soak for around 30 minutes. This should dissolve any leftover impurities from the previous session and leave your tools shiny and ready for use once again. To expedite the process, heat up the alcohol beforehand so it’s easier to penetrate any crevices that might be hidden within your tools.

How To Clean A Vape Pen And/Or Water Pipe (Bubbler):
There are two ways you can go about thoroughly cleansing these two devices. One way is to disassemble the vape pen, detach the battery, and clean all of the pieces separately. First, you can use a Q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol to scrub any stubborn residue that might be trapped inside your vape pen’s heating chamber. Next, clean the rest of your vape pen with dish soap and water before taking it apart and rinsing all components thoroughly with cool water. Repeat this process for the water pipe or bong bubbler.

The other option is to combine your devices into one cleaning bowl. This means you’ll need to completely submerge your vape pen in soapy water for about an hour, followed by an alcohol bath for about 30 minutes or until it’s fully dry and sanitized! This will make sure any nooks and crannies of your vape pens aren’t missed while also killing any bacteria lingering in the mouthpiece. When it comes to cleaning a water pipe or bong bubbler, you don’t have to worry about soaking it in alcohol.

Simply scrub the exterior with a mild cleaner and then clean the interior of the mouthpiece with alcohol or even mouthwash. Finally, rinse everything thoroughly with water and reassemble your device. This will also kill any bacteria lingering in the mouthpiece. It doesn’t matter if you clean your vape pen and bong together or separately; either way, you’ll get a freshly sanitized rig for future smoking sessions!

How to Clean A Grinder:
It’s always a good idea to clean your grinder immediately after finishing it. This will help remove dried herbs and sticky particles, which could accumulate over time. Start by filling a small cup or vessel with rubbing alcohol and placing your grinder inside – the opening of the grinder should be facing upwards so the alcohol is able to seep in between the blades. Leave it submerged for about an hour before removing it and washing thoroughly under cold water (do not use hot water). Use a toothbrush or nail brush to get into those hard-to-reach areas inaccessible when submerged in alcohol. Once satisfied that your grinder is completely clean, dry it with a soft cloth before placing it away for safekeeping!

How To Clean A Vaporizer:
The easiest way to clean a vaporizer long-term is to boil it in water. You’ll want to fill a pot with water, bring it to a boil, and add your vaporizer. Be sure the pot covers the vaporizer completely. After boiling for at least 10 minutes, turn off the stove and wait for it to cool. Remove the pot and your vaporizer, letting both air-dry without touching anything else. This will prevent any scratches on the surface of your device caused by dirty hands or wet clothes. If you’re using a portable vaporizer that plugs into an outlet, you may find it more convenient to buy distilled water instead of boiling regular tap water with your device inside. Tap water may contain lead, nitrates, and fluoride, all of which can damage your vaporizer.

Tips to Avoid Microorganisms and Stains on Your Cannabis Paraphernalia:

  1. If you find yourself with stains, a tried-and-true method of removing them is to mix a few drops of alcohol and water together. Apply the mixture to the stain with a cotton swab or paper towel and rub in a circular motion. This method usually only works for light colors, as darker colors usually require bleaching products. If you have discoloration in your material, it’s best to clean it before using it again.
  2. Bleaching products such as Clorox Wipes are your best bet for tougher stains. Make a paste out of the bleach and water, and apply it to your material with a damp cloth. Then leave it in the sun for about an hour or two. This will help break down stubborn stains and clean your material better than any other product.
  3. As for microorganisms, you’ll want to purchase a hand-held UV sterilizer for your cannabis paraphernalia. These handy tools emit ultraviolet rays that destroy 99% of all microorganisms, including salmonella, staphylococcus, and streptococcus!


There you have it, folks. You need to take those steps to properly clean your cannabis paraphernalia, whether it’s a vape pen, water pipe, or grinder. Now you know what to do the next time your dabbing rig needs a deep cleanse! So, what do we think? Do these tips seem helpful? Remember, this isn’t just some article written by someone who probably doesn’t smoke weed themselves. These are real pieces of advice from folks like us who know what they’re talking about. We hope this guide helps you out in your never ending quest to keep your stuff as fresh as possible!

Artemus P Jaybody

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