Glass blunts are a popular choice of pipe among smokers. They’re small, portable, and can pack an impactful amount of weed. What may be best, they let you light up without the hassle of rolling up.
But, once you’ve had some time and fun with a new glass blunt, the part no one looks forward to but must do is cleaning.
Luckily, this doesn’t have to be a process you dread! Read on to learn how you can thoroughly clean a glass blunt in only a few short steps with minimal effort.
If you don’t have a glass blunt, you can shop on the online headshop and equip yourself with cleaning supplies, water pipes and bongs, vaporizers, and many other products. After that, It’s best to prepare everything before you disassemble your blunt and start cleaning it.
You’ll need a few basics:
- Isopropyl alcohol or a glass cleaner;
- A pipe brush;
- A small container;
- Paper towels;
Once you have everything in check, it’s time to start the process.
After any cannabis session, you must deal with a pretty dirty smoking device. So, once it’s time for the not-so-fun part of smoking (a.k.a. the clean-up), you must follow a few straightforward steps.
Luckily, glass is an easy-to-clean material, and blunts are small, so the entire process shouldn’t take too much time.
Here’s how you do it:
1. Disassemble Your Piece
To start, disassemble your glass blunt. This way, you can see and reach every surface area that might need cleaning.
Glass blunts don’t have a very complex design or too many parts, so it should be easy to take them apart and put everything back together once they’re squeaky clean.
2. Dispose of Any Remaining Ash
Most of the ash gets dumped as you smoke, but some can remain inside your blunt. Before you clean the surface, make sure to remove the leftover debris.
Shaking the piece is usually enough to get the remaining ash out, but you can use a Q-tip to push out any stuck debris. Remember to be careful, though, so you don’t break any of the glass components.
3. Apply Cleaning Solution
When it comes to using a cleaning solution, you could:
- Apply glass cleaner to each component, concentrating more on the dirtier areas;
- Soak the pieces in a cleaning solution, which is usually done using alcohol.
Specialized cleaners will work faster, but many stoners use 91% or 99% isopropyl alcohol to clean their glass gear. Some weaker solutions, like 70% isopropyl, can also work, but they will take much longer.
Alcohol works great and is probably the most commonly used cleaning solution, but you will need a small container where you can submerge the blunt pieces and let them soak for some time.
Alternatively, you could also try filling your blunt up with alcohol and assembling all the pieces, letting them soak that way.
How long you leave your glass in a solution depends. Usually, 15 minutes is enough; however, if you have a grimier piece on your hands with lots of resin buildup, you may need to leave it in longer.
4. Use the Pipe Cleaner
Pipe cleaners let you get into all the crannies of the blunt and address areas where debris is likely to build up.
Once you’ve soaked the blunt, you can use a pipe cleaner to focus on and target specific areas that need more work due to remaining residue. Alternatively, you can try using Q-tips to reach and clean these parts.
5. Rinse and Dry the Parts
A cleaner is good for your glass blunt but not for you to ingest. You’ll want to remove any remaining solution before you dry off and reuse your glass blunt.
Carefully rinse every component under warm water until all the cleaner or alcohol is gone. Be careful when doing this. Thermal shock can cause glass pieces to crack and break, so ensure you’re not suddenly exposing a cold blunt to hot water.
After that, you can place all the pieces on a towel to let them dry or wipe them down yourself to speed things up. Either way, you want to be sure each surface is dry before you reassemble your blunt.
Sometimes people use salt to help speed up the cleaning process, especially if they’re cleaning with alcohol. However, it’s best to avoid this.
Salt is an abrasive material, and while this quality makes it helpful in removing residue from your blunt, it can also end up scratching the glass and damaging the piece.
A scratched glass blunt is more than just aesthetically unpleasing – dirt can get into the scratches and severely extend the time and care needed to clean your device.
For starters, you’re going to keep your glass blunt for more than a single session and will presumably be smoking from it again.
Using dirty smoking equipment isn’t only visually unappealing, but uncleaned pipes can have a foul taste and affect the quality of your session. Don’t waste good weed because you were too lazy to clean out last week’s residue.
On top of looks and taste, cleaning prevents the buildup of residue and bacteria, making your piece easier to clean in the future and safer to use. Regular cleans can also remove any lingering odors and ultimately extend its lifespan.
If you regularly maintain a clean blunt, cleaning will be easier in the future as resin won’t be able to accumulate. Under ideal circumstances, you’d want to clean your blunt after every use.
You don’t always have to do a deep cleaning, but a short five-minute soak will take up very little time, make future cleanings less challenging, and ensure you have your blunt ready to use whenever you need it.
If you regularly indulge in your blunt, cleaning will become a regular occurrence. After a while, you may even develop a habit of cleaning and putting away your glass after every session.
So, don’t put off this unavoidable step of the smoking process and roll up your sleeves. Cleaning glass blunts is easy and necessary, so make it your habit!