Do you have a pipe? Then you know that after smoking Tobacco or other LEGAL things such as Saliva. After a couple uses the pipe can get full of resin and other things. This instructable will show you who to clean it.

Step 1: Parts

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You need:
A pipe to clean
Rubbing Alcohol
Something to get the screen out
A new screen
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keaghanz4 months ago

i need to know how to clean a mushroom keychain pipe mine is so clogged with rez i cant even smoke out of it anymore

mclaybaugh1 year ago
I think u meant salvia
jlynch7712 years ago
If you add coarse salt to the bag and shake hard for a min or two it really helps alot. It acts as an abrasive. The salt will not dissolve in the alcohol.
x3n0c1dal3 years ago
Nice instructible. I have an instructible series coming out about kinds of smoking apparatuses and how to make them. by far, I only have one about making a bong, or "water filtered pipe" and I would strongly appreciate if anyone could view it and comment on it. Thank you.

You know salt causes metal to rust, right? I wouldn't use salt on anything metal.
Not "rust" exactly. Rust normally refers to iron oxydation. Salt causes corrosion for sure, especially sodium salts, but any salt that is electrolytically active will do the same thing.

BUT, if the salt is not left on it for any length of time (days or longer) it will help remove some oxidation.  An overnight soak and rinse shouldn't hurt it at although I might not do this with copper parts.  
alchohol and salt. you dont need anything else. get 90% iso- it works better(less water) and is clean disolving. all of the cleaners you could use or detergents or whatever are going to leave residue. residue that could react to heat, you dont want to breathe that in. even some chemicals that work well are generally industrial grade- not medical and the ingredients listed do not have to be 100% pure. when using something like napathol, try leaving some out on a glass dish for a few days before trying it on your piece and see what is left behind.
if you dont care about your piece or pan i suppose boiling is a good way to clean, but putting the stress on the glass all over from the heat is bad. it puts stress on any faults in the glass or tiny cracks and chips. this could result in a premature break. while heating is inevitable of some parts of the piece with use, why put undo stress on good pieces?
maybe im just a connoisseur
Hey guys and gals, I have found a really cheap and simple way to clean a whole pipe. No matter what type or brand. If you go to a beauty shop or whatever (the way i found this was my wife was helping me clean pipes and she made the suggestion) buy some of the nail buffer, shiner and one of the rough ones. Then use long strokes and use the rough one to sand away any gunnk or residue left on the stem of the pipe. Then use the buffer to get any scratches off of it. Finally scrub as hard as you can with the shiner and watch your pipe shine.
Tylermonn6 years ago
you mean salvia, not saliva. smoking saliva would suck.
Well, some people would do it. Ancient cultures that worshiped the Fly Agaric mushrooms found that there was a scarcity at one point, so the priests began to be the sole people that ingested the mushroom alone. Since the toxins in the fly agaric don't get absorbed, for the most part, by the human body, the next lower social class would drink the urine of the priests in order to get the high that they desired, since it made them feel closer to 'God'. It kept going like this until the lowest social class.
that brings a whole new meaning to "piss-poor".
Actually...no, it doesn't.

Where do you think the term was derived..?

good point.
ill bet it would taste like SPIT!
Kashtray4 years ago
Boiling your pipe is another good way to get it clean. It's healthy for you and the environment, not so healthy for the pot you use though.

To keep your pipe clog-free between cleanings, check out this thing.
Hey all, I have found something to add to this method of pipe cleaning. Once you add the rubbing alcohol, also add a couple table spoons of Epsons Salt. It REALLY helps!!! Not sure if it's the grit or if it make a chemical reaction, but it is easily 2-3 times more "potent" than alcohol alone. Try it! It works great! Also, another method I use is EASY OFF oven cleaner. It also works awesome! Just make sure to rinse the parts well after with water.
Yeah, it's the grit. This works especially well in glass pieces, where you can add some salt and then shake it around.
xACIDITYx5 years ago
In reference to step 6, you should not put it in a ZipLoc bag, but rather pour out the dirty isopropyl alcohol onto a plate or cooking pan and leave it to air dry over 24 hours. If you did it right, you will have a brownish substance left on it. Scrape this off; it is smokeable "QWISO" hash.
My ziploc leaked as well, so I put a small hole in the top of the bag with pliers and hung it from the ceiling over the sink in the bathroom. As you can possibly tell from the picture, I have never properly cleaned my pipe in the 2 years I've had it.
qballcat5 years ago
thans, you have the exact same pipe as me
Vulcanator5 years ago
or you could scrape up the resin and smoke  some resin hits :D
Salvia isn't illegal everywhere.
Why would you say Salvia instead of Marijuana?
Marijuana is more illegal that Salvia.
AlaXul6 years ago
This works equally well with your glass pieces. Granted you can't take them apart but if you have a few cotton swabs to run in and out a few times Voila.
drummertay6 years ago
its SALVIA not spit
baneat6 years ago
I have that knife. It needs major modifications to prevent it falling apart whilst flipping. DX.com?
DonTron6 years ago
Another interesting solvent, though often requiring much more apparatus commitment, is liquid C02. Sometimes soda water will do. CO2 is perfectly polar. HOH is profoundly non-polar. Between them both, one can dissolve nearly anything. 'Cept maybe zwitterions. The problem is that ordinary conditions are not on the liquid part of the phase diagram for CO2. This is good and bad. Its inconvenient and perhaps a little dangerous. Residue issues are practically nil, 'though. If the pipe is all metal, super-heating it is a possibility. Whatever method employed, be careful!
If you're going to throw in a term like zwitterions, learn your chemistry. Carbon dioxide is NONPOLAR and water is POLAR.
PetervG6 years ago
What is that top part of your pipe? The screw on hood with the hole in it?
DonTron6 years ago
If your pipe is wooden, one option is to obtain a drill bit roughly matched to the bore of the pipe and run it through the pipe manually. This will deposit the resin in the grooves, then you can clean the bit using the previously delineated methods. Careful, use a rag, very, very sharp! Pardon my using 'you' when 'one' would represent better use of the Queen's English. Don't want to harsh anyone's buzz with bad grammar!
DonTron6 years ago
Propanol tends to leave a nasty taste. Ethanol, though expensive is less unplesant. Boiling water works okay, so if the high (darn gov't) price is problematic, use a two-step process starting w/ boiling water. One can make little hangers w/ paper clips, pencils and twist ties, then soak in a ball jar, if one wants to monitor progress. It is less unhealthy if you keep your pipe clear. Watch out for pipe-cleaners, some brands contain glass and other untoward materials.
Rectifier6 years ago
Hmmm, did you know that you shouldn't actually smoke tobacco from a glass/metal pipe? It will burn very hot, won't stay lit, and burn the hell out of your mouth. Recommended materials for tobacco are briar wood or meerschaum (a strange type of semi-porous rock). Also you will look pretty dumb! For the record metal pipes kinda suck for other greens too. You should go glass, much nicer and much less need to clean.
FKINGLAG6 years ago
What if your pipe is wooden??
envertigo6 years ago
NIce tip on the evaporation front there. If you want to speed up the cleaning process, put a whole bunch of salt in there with the alcohol and shake it. Salt/Alcohol works great for waterpipes too. /depending one how much space there is, rock salt can work better //no salt?!? try rice (work fast) or small gravel... it's the grit. ///if saving resin, salt is probably not a good idea and rice is clearly a bad idea
you smoke SALIVA? tell me, how does that work?
its a drug
I think you mean SALVIA? lol
lol nice balisong looks really cool
cas67677 years ago
Haha, nice!!! I just did this to my bowl earlier today except I use sea salt as an abrasive. I have a glass pipe and what I do is put it into a freezer bag roll said bag up, removing excess air, seal the bag and shake it or try to kind of pump the solution through the bowl from one side of the bag to the other. Keep agitating it until the solution turns black then dump it, rinse it through in hot water and then you can probably get away with just using alcohol for the soak but I put fresh alcohol and salt back in a fresh bag. Then the next part is folding the bag up, it's kind of hard to explain but what I do is fold the top of the bag over a few times and then, holding it by one top corner, fold the corners down to make sort of a diamond shaped flat cone with the bowl in the bottom, take the pointy end of the diamond and tuck it under the flap your folds just made. The folds will make it relatively secure and that way you can use a smaller amount of alcohol because it makes the bag a lot smaller. For good measure I leave it in my bathroom sink otherwise I would say leave it on a plate if you have to hide it. I usually do it in the morning, smoke joints (filled with tobacco since that is WAY better for you than that evil weed) for a day and rinse it out the next morning. On glass this seems to work as well if not better than formula 420 or purple power. I'm no scientist but I think the salt does some kind of chemical goodness on the resin along with being a good abrasive for the shaking part.
you should think about getting a glass pipe, they are much easier to clean and work like a million times better. other than that, instead of using a baggy, use a Tupperware container or something like it, they have them at like schnucks for cheap. also formula 420 actually works really well however expensive.
tyedyedsoul7 years ago
water, pan, stove, boil, stir,boil ,stir,rinse carefully. no residue.
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