Introduction: How to Clean Your Smoking Glass

Step 1: Smoke 'em If You Got 'em

This method uses hot water and submersion with some waiting periods. So if you want to smoke do so beforehand

Step 2: Materials

5 gallon bucket
Hot water source
Dishwasher detergent (I use jet dry cubes to leave my glass sparkly clean)
1 gallon bucket for soaking of smaller objects

Step 3: Begin Cleanin

The most important part of this entire process is getting the glass up to temperature. So we fill both buckets with the hottest water we can get out of the tap . The submerge all your glass in the hot water and let them sit for atleast 5 minutes. You will already see shimmering of oils and resin on the surface of the water.

Step 4: 2nd Soak

Now empty out both buckets being careful with your glass. You may want to do this in your toilet to avoid getting resin in the tub but Clorox wipes cleans any resin right up. This is a good time to mention Clorox wipes are good for spot treating glass and cleaning out bowls I between deep cleans.
The next step varies for each piece of glass; for tall water pipes fill the bucket to 3 inches below the top of your piece then add 2 or 3 dishwashers worth of dishwasher detergent. Then take a cup and fill the bucket throughout the piece tell you reach the top of your glass, this will circulate the detergent through the glass and keep higher concentration in the glass.
For smaller pieces just toss them in the bucket cover them in hot water add the same amount of detergent and swirl the water in the bucket gently.

Let this sit for atleast ten minutes.

Step 5: Finished or Repeat

Depending on how lazy you are/ willing to put up with grotesque glass it may take more than just two soaks. If your glass is not clean yet repeat the second soak . Getting in a weekly routine minimizes the amount of soaking time it will take and it also starts to create a protective layer on the glass. You may notice chucks of resin floating in your water pipe rather than being stuck to the glass after this.

Regardless of whether you are at the finish point or not now is a good time to flush out your glass with hot water. Just keep dumping water out of the bucket and adding more to clean the glass.

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DanielS66 made it! (author)2015-07-09

dude, this is far too complicated - just use some surgical spirits and rock salt - the spirits obliterates any and all resin buildup, and the salt acts works as a scourer.

just plug / cover all the holes, toss in a handful or so of salt and about a cupful of spirits (depending on the size of your bong) and slosh that sucker around till its sparkly.

everything rinses out flawlessly, with zero residue left behind. you don't even need hot water!

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blackout drop made it! (author)2014-06-09

I agree there may be some weird chemicals but that's why I flush out my pieces with hot water numerous times in the last step in a vain effort to remove everything. That being said most people who smoke don't care what it is they are smoking ( so much nasty stuff in cigarettes) and now with e hookahs and e cigarettes only god knows what the heck we are putting into our lungs because we do not regulate or even test the flavoring chemicals they use in "E" products.

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wilgubeast made it! (author)2014-06-06

Interesting technique. I'd be a little wary of using detergents and rinse agents for something designed for inhalation and heat application. Here's the Jet Dry MSDS for your reference. Other than that possible issue, using buckets to curtail water usage was smart. Considering the impact of resin in your pipes indicates good foresight. Just be careful with chemicals, particularly with an inaccessible and tough to rinse percolating apparatus.