Chillums are excellent one-hitter pipes that are fun to use. However, the fun stops when they’re dirty. Here’s how to clean them!
You can clean a chillum using all-around materials that you can easily find your home or pharmacy. You’ll be needing:
Alcohol will serve as your solvent, while salt will be the aggregator or scrubber. In case you’ve got a stain that’s hard to remove or reach, you can use Q-tips and/or pipe cleaners to take them out.
Cleaning a chillum pipe is easy and simple. The best time to clean a chillum is after each use.
If regular scrubbing and cleaning won’t work, it’s time to soak the chillum.
Now you’ve got a clean chillum that you can use for your next session!
The general advice here is: don’t. You’ll see some sites giving you tips on how to boil a chillum to get all those black, nasty bits out, and they seem to work well – if you know what you’re doing. However, we don’t advise such practice because boiling shortens the lifespan of your boro glass. This is because of the thermal stress you’re subjecting your chillum. No matter how tough the boro glass used for your chillum, it’s no match for thermal shock. Boiling a glass chillum pipe will increase its risk of cracking and breaking.
That is another big, resounding no. Solvents like paint thinner, xylene, and MEK are highly toxic. They may be effective in cleaning certain materials, but they tend to stay longer on any surface. You’ll still smell the solvents weeks after using. Imagine hitting smoke that tastes like solvent. That’s pretty noxious and can end up with you landing in the hospital. Smoking a chillum is for recreation, not to have you hospitalized.
Regular cleaning of your glass chillum pipe ensures that you have a smoking tool that is safe to use. Resin can cause bacteria to grow inside your chillum and cause serious health problems. It may be tedious since chillums tend to get dirty easily – which is all the more reason to clean it. Regular maintenance ensures you have a beautiful chillum that will give you the pure, clean taste of your herbs.
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