How To Clean Glycerin Glass

How to clean Glycerin Glass

Glycerin glass pieces, such as glycerin coils, chambers, and condensers, are prized for their ability to deliver smooth and cool smoking experiences. Whether you have a glycerin coil bong, bubbler, or pipe, keeping it clean is essential for optimal performance and taste. Here's a comprehensive guide on how to clean your glycerin glass to maintain its purity and functionality.

Materials Needed:

  • Cleaning solution like Formula 420, Orange Chronic, Resolution or 99% ISO with coarse salt
  • Cleaning Caps
  • Cleaning brushes or pipe cleaners
  • Ziploc bags or containers big enough to fit removable components
  • Warm water
  • Paper towels or a clean cloth

Cleaning Steps:

1. Disassemble the Glycerin Glass:

  • If your glycerin glass piece has removable parts like bowls, downstems, or coils, disassemble it completely for a thorough cleaning of each component.

2. Soak in Solution:

  • Pour some cleaning solution into each glass component. Cap all sides of each large component (like the coil and base) and add smaller components (like bowl & downstem) to ziplock bag or container with solution and let them soak for about 30min - 1hr.

3. Shake, Scrub & Agitate:

  • After soaking, grab your larger components and gently shake them while capped to allow the solution to reach all areas inside of the glass pieces. Shake them until you no longer see any particles stuck to the glass.
  • For bowls, downstems and small pieces, use a cleaning brush or pipe cleaner to get to all the hard to reach spots.

    4. Rinse:

    • Rinse each piece thoroughly with warm water to remove all traces of the cleaning solution and loose debris. Repeat scrubbing and rinsing if necessary.

    6. Dry Completely:

    • Use paper towels or a clean cloth to dry each piece thoroughly. Ensure there is no moisture left, especially in hard-to-reach areas like coils.
    • Let the parts air dry for a few hours to ensure complete evaporation of any remaining water.
    • If after a few hours, you still see moisture in tight areas, pour some alcohol into the glass, cap it, and shake it around. Then pour out the alcohol and let your piece sit for the all the alcohol to evaporate. Once all the alcohol evaporates, you should have no trace of anything in your glass and it will be crystal clear.

    7. Reassemble and Enjoy:

    • Once all parts are completely dry, reassemble your glycerin glass piece carefully and ensure all connections are secure.
    • Your clean glycerin glass is now ready for your next smoking session, providing a smooth and flavorful experience.

    Additional Tips:

    • Regular Maintenance: Clean your glycerin glass after every few uses to prevent buildup. This will make the cleaning process quicker and more manageable.

    • Use Pipe Cleaners: For coils and chambers, pipe cleaners are excellent tools for reaching tight spaces. They can scrub away residues without damaging the glass.

    • Inspect for Damage: While cleaning, inspect your glycerin glass for any signs of damage such as cracks or chips. Do not use damaged glass, as it could be unsafe.

    • Freezing Tip: Ensure your glass is clean and completely dry before placing it in the freezer. If there is a water droplet anywhere inside, it will clog the pathway and you will have issues. If this happens to you, just keep it out of the freezer to thaw and completely dry. Then put it back in the freezer and try again. 

    • Condensed Air Tip: If you can't wait for it to air dry, you can speed up the process by using condensed air to blow the water out of the coil and any pathways that could get clogged in the freezer. 

    Regularly cleaning your glycerin glass not only maintains its beauty but also ensures a pure and enjoyable smoking experience. With the right materials and methods, you can easily keep your glycerin glass pieces sparkling clean and ready for those smooth, cool hits. Remember, make sure your glycerin glass is COMPLETELY dry before putting it in the freezer!