How To Clean A Silicone Pipe

With more and more people taking up smoking marijuana, there have been more people starting to use silicone pipes. Silicone pipes are great as they are affordable but also harder to break compared to glass pipes.

How To Clean A Silicone Pipe

So with more people starting to switch over to silicone pipes, there is something they might forget to consider. That is how to clean a silicone pipe.

Fear not! In this guide, we are going to walk you through how to clean your silicone pipe with easy step-by-step instructions. 

What Is A Silicone Pipe? 

Silicone pipes are made of silicone. They are very durable and can last for years if cared for properly. These pipes are usually used by smokers who want to smoke cannabis without breaking the pipe. 

There are many different types of silicone pipes that one could buy from online stores or in local shops. You will find them in different colors and sizes. Some are even designed specifically for vaping.

The most common type of silicone pipes are the ones that come with a mouthpiece. This is where the actual smoke comes out. It has a bowl at the end which holds the herb. 

Are Silicone Pipes Better Than Glass Pipes?

Whether silicone pipes are better than glass ones is a matter of preference. In some aspects, such as durability you can argue that silicone pipes are better. This is because they are harder to break compared to glass pipes. 

Silicone pipes are also cheaper than glass pipes, which could be a bonus for those who don’t have a huge budget. Silicone pipes also come in a lot of different designs, so it is likely you will find a design that will match your personal preferences. 

However, the design of silicone pipes can also be what makes some people stay clear of them. Most silicone pipes are made up of colors.

This might not seem like a big deal but for those who like to watch the smoke, it can make silicone pipes less appealing. In this case, the glass pipes would be a better match for those who like to watch the smoke swirl. 

There is a slight difference in flavor when it comes to using silicone and glass pipes. Most will not notice that silicone pipes make the flavor less appealing.

However, for those that really pay attention to flavor, they may find that glass pipes are better. 

Do You Need To Clean Silicone Pipes?

If you are new to using silicone pipes then cleaning them should be on top of your list. This is not only a matter of hygiene but also a matter of taste.

Each time you use your pipe to smoke a small amount of ash and tar build up in the pipe. If you let this stay in your pipe then it can lead to the pipe becoming clogged over time. 

Even before your pipe becomes fully clogged you will find that smoking from the pipe isn’t as great. This is because the smoke isn’t able to flow through nicely and the ash in the pipe can make the fresh herb you are burning taste strange. 

Cleaning your pipe also allows you to get the most out of your money. When you smoke from a dirty pipe you are wasting money.

The reason why is that you need to buy more marijuana to fill up your pipe, since the herb you are using does not taste great. This means that you are spending more money than necessary. 

Cleaning your pipe ensures that your pipe does not break or become so dirty that it does not work anymore. 

How To Clean Silicone Pipes

Now we know why it is important to keep your silicone pipes clean. This is how you should clean your silicone pipes to keep them in a good enough condition to keep using. 

Step One

The first thing you need to do to start the cleaning process is to dismantle your silicone pipe. As we mentioned earlier, silicone pipes often have a bowl at the end which is something you can remove. 

You want to take the bowl off of the pipe and wash it with some soap and warm water. You should set the bowl aside to dry as you go on to clean the rest of your silicone pipe. 

Step Two

As you did with the bowl, you want to rinse out the pipe. Then it is time to freeze the pipe. This might sound like a strange step but it helps you to remove any dirt from inside the pipe.

How To Clean A Silicone Pipe

You don’t need to place the pipe in the freezer for a long period of time, placing it in the freezer for around half an hour should be enough. 

Step Three

Once the pipe is frozen, all you need to do is try and shake out as much of the dirt and residue that is inside the pipe. You could also tap it out if that is easier. 

For the dirt that is a lot harder to remove, use a small brush, such as the ones that clean straws to remove the dirt. 

Step Four

After you have removed as much of the dirt as possible, then you should start to soak your silicone pipe. We prefer to soak our pipe in a bag,

however soaking in a bowl or container would also work well. You need to fill the bag up with some cleaning solution, but one that is not as strong. 

You can either make the cleaning solution yourself by adding water and dish soap together, or you could buy a silicone-friendly cleaning solution.

The other option is to place the silicone pipe in a bag with isopropyl alcohol. Make sure the percentage of the isopropyl alcohol is no more than 70 percent. 

Allow this silicone pipe to soak for at least two hours. If you think your pipe is extremely dirty then we suggest leaving it overnight. 

Step Five

Now you can remove the silicone pipe from the bag. Take the pipe out of the bag and wipe down the outside of the pipe.

Wipe away any remaining dirt and residue that was left behind. After wiping the pipe down, you can reassemble it back with the other pieces you removed. 

Final Thoughts

We hope that you learned everything there is to know about cleaning your silicone pipe. It is very easy to clean and will ensure that you get the best results when smoking. 

We recommend doing this once every month just to keep things fresh. However, a quick clean of your silicone pipe after every use is always recommended. 

Please share this guide with your friends and family so they too can learn how to clean their silicone pipes. Thank you for reading. 

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