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5 Tips for Cleaning Your Bowl

| Madison Gillespie
A clean smoking bowl produces better tasting smoke. Stick with us today as
we explore why cleaning your hand pipe or bowl is so important.

Crystal Clear: The Essence of Bowl Cleanliness

The Significance of a Clean Bowl

Over time, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that your bowl has become dirty and clogged. The changes happen slowly as resin accumulates until one day you notice that your session just wasn’t as good as you’d hope.

The truth is, dirty bowls just can’t perform as well. Inhalation becomes harder, smoke starts to taste bad, and you may find your hands getting dirty. It’s time to clean! This guide is the definitive source for revitalizing your bowl back to its cleaner self. Read on to see our process and how you can instantly improve your sessions by utilizing common household items.

Pre-Clean: Disassembly and Inspection

Before any cleaning can begin, you need to disassemble and inspect your bowl. Find specific spots you want to focus on; areas where maybe there is more resin or areas where holes are needed for airflow. If your bowl is only one piece, disassembly is easy but reaching some ofthose nooks and crannies may prove to be more difficult. If you do have to disassemble pieces,remember how it all goes back together. After this, it’s time to gather materials.

The Cleaning Process Unveiled

Choosing Your Cleaning Agents

Depending on the level of clean you’re hoping to achieve and the specific problems you face, the best cleaning materials for a bowl include:
● Isopropyl alcohol
● Hot water/soap
● Toothpick
● Paper towels

The Scrub Down: Techniques for Effective Cleaning

For an extremely dirty bowl, you may find using all the above listed agents could be your best bet. In this case, starting with a thorough soaking in isopropyl alcohol (at least 10-15 minutes if not longer) is a great way to start. This bath will eat away at resin, removing it from bowl walls and allowing you to rinse it out.

With a lot of resin removed, you can do another bath of isopropyl alcohol or switch to a more spot clean approach. For spot cleaning, you can use alcohol on a paper towel to quickly scrub away resin. If you can’t reach the spot, shaking alcohol on the area/adding a small grain like salt can provide the abrasion needed to achieve your desired results. For holes that are clogged, you can use a toothpick to break down the debris that stands in the way.

Once the bowl is looking clean from resin, you can bring in hot water and soap to perform a thorough wash and subsequent rinse to remove all alcohol, soap, salt, and whatever else you used from inside. As soon as that bowl dries, it’ll be ready to go!

Drying and Reassembly: Restoring Your Bowl

For the best drying results, leaving your bowl inverted on a table to air dry is a great method.This will certainly work, but also take time. To make expeditious cleaning, you can manually use a towel and work your way around the bowl drying. Also, you can set your bowl next to a fan to encourage more airflow and drying on it.

Careful Reassembly for Optimal Use

Once dry, you can begin to reassemble your piece. Be careful and remember how it all came apart. Manipulating the pieces of your bowl can be a vulnerable time for the piece, be sure to move carefully and gently so that your piece stays functional at the end of all this.

Maintenance Tips: Preserving Bowl Quality

Regular Cleaning Schedules

For optimal bowl quality, regular cleaning is essential. This doesn’t always have to be a deep isopropyl soaking; sometimes just removing ash from your bowl with a toothpick can be a temporary fix to keep a session going strong. But as long as the resin is building up on the walls, small cleanings will have to become more frequent.

Avoiding Common Cleaning Mistakes

Always be gentle when cleaning and be especially careful when transporting wet glass as this can be the time when it slips to the floor. Be careful if you’re using an abrasive agent like salt inside your bowl. Large granules, like rice, are notorious for getting stuck inside bowls when used for cleaning; this should obviously be avoided at all costs.

Conclusion: The Clarity of Maintenance

While cleaning your bowl isn’t actually that difficult, the results you generate with a clean bowl are outstanding. Finding a regular cleaning schedule for your piece really is essential! All you need are simple household materials to achieve these results and totally revitalize your piece in 15 minutes! Get your bowl in an isopropyl bath right now and see for yourself!

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Bowl Cleaning FAQ

The timeline for cleaning your bowl ultimately comes down to how much it is used. With heavy
use, definitely poke around to keep holes clear every few days. Don’t be afraid to do a deeper
cleaning every week or every other week as you see fit.

Yes! Isopropyl alcohol is one of the premier cleaning agents for glass bowls. Just be sure to
perform a thorough rinsing with water after to totally remove any alcohol or other cleaning
agents from the piece before smoking again.

A long soak in isopropyl alcohol can be surprisingly effective at removing tough stains. Plus,
your bowl is perfectly safe from danger as it sits in a bath. If a stain still isn’t budging, adding an
abrasive agent like salt to the alcohol and gentle shaking with two hands can be a safe way to
aggressively attack those stains.

Unfortunately, the process of smoking inherently will cause the build up of resin and ash inside
your bowl. Frequent cleanings is the best way to prevent any massive build up in this regard. If
you opt to clean more often, you’ll run into less resin each time making for shorter cleanings.