February 04, 2019 Bubbler Pipe
Hammer bubblers are great for those who wish to step up from smoking pipes to a bong but can’t afford to have one. It’s a smart way to smoke, too, because it does not eat that much space for storage. Using a hammer bubbler is easy, and cleaning it is also simple.
When it’s time to clean a hammer bubbler, you will need:
- 95% (or stronger) alcohol
- Coarse salt
- Ziplock bag
- Q-tips or pipe cleaners
Cleaning a hammer bubbler
- Throw out the used water inside the pipe through the mouthpiece.
- Rinse the hammer bubbler with warm water to remove any ash or residue. Let it run through the bowl and pour it out again through the mouthpiece.
- Place the hammer bubbler inside a Ziplock bag. You can double the bag if you are concerned with the bag springing a leak.
- Pour alcohol inside the bag until the hammer bubbler is fully submerged and almost swimming. Make sure you have enough room for the alcohol to move later.
- Add in a good amount of salt. This is to help scrape out the dirt from the hammer bubbler. Seal the bag.
- Grip the hammer bubbler with one hand and the top of the bag with the other. Clean the hammer bubbler by shaking the bag.
- Let the alcohol and salt run through the hammer bubbler. Keep shaking for a minute or until the alcohol changes color.
- Let the hammer bubbler soak for 15-20 minutes. Soak it overnight if the hammer bubbler is really mucky and dirty.
- Shake again and take it out of the bag. If the cleaning solution is still light in color, you can use it for the next cleaning.
- Rinse the hammer bubbler with hot water. Let it run through the bowl and pour it out of the mouthpiece.
- For stubborn dirt, get a Q-tip or pipe cleaner and push it through the downstem and the mouthpiece.
- Scrub off all the dirt.
- Rinse again with hot water. Make sure that you rinse out every trace of alcohol from your hammer bubbler.
- Drain the hammer bubbler well. Position in such a way that the water will drip down through the mouthpiece. Prop it securely so that it won’t tip over and break.
Always clean your hammer bubbler after every use. This is to prevent the resin from sticking too hard in your bubbler. Pouring out used bubbler water also prevents molds from forming inside your bubbler. Molds can also grow from stuck resin if you live in a cold, damp place. Prevent droplet marks by using filtered water in every smoking sesh. Doing the final rinse with filtered water can also help avoid water stains from forming inside your hammer bubbler.
Boiling hammer bubblers
Some boil their hammer bubblers to take out any stubborn residue. It gives satisfactory results for others. However, this can potentially shorten the lifespan of your hammer bubbler and cause the room to stink. There’s also the risk of your hammer breaking into pieces because of extreme heat and sudden temperature change.
Cleaning and maintaining your hammer bubbler is easy. With a little patience and a bit of elbow grease, your hammer bubbler will be clean and shiny just like new. You can use commercial cleaners as well. Just follow the manufacturer’s suggestion on how to use them for your hammer bubblers.
How do you clean your hammer bubbler? Share your before and after photos in the comment section below!