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How To Clean Your Marijuana Gear Without Using Rubbing Alcohol

The coronavirus has created a shortage of many cleaning products, including rubbing alcohol. Here’s how you can effectively clean your bongs and pipes without it.

The pandemic has affected the production of a variety of disinfectants, from hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes, to the latest product in short supply: rubbing alcohol. These items, intended to clean surfaces, heal cuts and disinfect all sorts of areas of your home, are in high demand during the pandemic for obvious reasons. But sometimes you need rubbing alcohol for more mundane and non-related COVID-19 activities, like making sure your bong is clean and your hits don’t taste strange.

Luckily for you, there’s lots of ways to clean your marijuana gear. As always, the best way to prevent the build up of gunk on your expensive smoke pieces is to clean them regularly and to never use products that may harm the materials in them or your health. Here are three cheap and easy ways to do it.

Vinegar & coarse salt

How To Clean Your Marijuana Gear With No Rubbing Alcohol
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This simple mixture doesn’t require much and it’s completely safe for bongs and pipes, removing all kinds of caked on grime and ensuring your smoke piece is clean. (You might just have to scrub a little more without the alcohol.)

Simply mix some vinegar and coarse salt and use the mixture to clean the inside of a bong, coating it entirely. Use a scrub brush or Q-tip for the parts that are harder to reach. This recipe is also highly adaptable; you can swap the salt for baking soda or the vinegar for vodka, which isn’t ideal in these heavy-drinking pandemic times, but chose your fighter.

Bong & pipe cleaning products

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Marijuana cleaning products like 420 Formula and ResRemover may be more expensive than salt and vinegar, but they smell pretty nice smells and are very easy to use. There’s different categories of products, including those that can treat glass, plastic or are meant for soaking.

Bong & pipe cleaning kits

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If you’re new to this world, you may be surprised to find out just how many companies sell bong and pipe cleaning kits. These kits contain all the necessary cleaning supplies for your smoke piece(s), such as cleaners, brushes, wipes, seals for joints and mouthpieces, screens for reducing build up in bong water, and more.

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