Pipes & Smoking Accessories

Pipes Cleaning & Care

Some of you may be new to pipe smoking, and that’s ok. To help you make the most of your first pipe smoking experience, we have put together a short list of tips for taking proper care of your pipe below:


Clean the stem with a pipe cleaner after every bowl you smoke to remove loose soot and tar from the mouthpiece.


While a thin layer of burnt tobacco in the bowl or “cake” is a good thing, too much cake can cause the bowl of your pipe to crack. To keep the cake buildup to a minimum, use a reamer or penknife to carefully scrape away and reduce the thickness of the layer of cake inside the bowl.


Use a little bit of beeswax to polish the exterior of your pipe and wipe it dry with a cloth to restore its luster. This will also help you prolong the general overall life of your pipe.


Do clean your water pipe daily, and your pipes once per week. It really makes a difference; you can taste the smoke, not the buildup. Dirty water-based pipes can grow mold or attract pests in a matter of days.

Do protect new glass. Cleaning on a daily basis will help keep accumulation down; less buildup equals a consistent cleaner smoke. If too much buildup is allowed, it becomes impossible to clean back to perfect condition. At that point, it would be easier to buy a new water pipe.

Do discover the real flavor of your smoke through a clean pipe or water pipe. A clean hit is the best hit.


Don’t use isopropyl alcohol. Isopropyl alcohol is by far the most commonly used cleaning substance for water pipe and pipe cleaning. It’s listed by eight different government agencies as being toxic, including the Environmental Protection Agency, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Don’t experiment with anything you wouldn’t consume directly. Acetone-based nail polish remover, for instance, is hazardous to your health. If you wouldn’t consume it, then why clean with hazardous chemicals?

Don’t spend too much time cleaning. If you’re cleaning your water pipe daily, it should take less than a minute to wash away after each use.

Ultimately, your best option for thorough glass cleaning is going to be Formula 420 solution. Providing three cleaning agents in one convenient bottle, even the dirtiest pipe doesn’t stand a chance.
Glass Pipes Cleaning & Care

The evolution of the water pipe has gone from the prehistoric, straight tube and shot gun carb, to stellar, handcrafted glass works of art, complete with all-glass slider bowls, ash catchers, delicate multi-armed percolators and diffusers.

Any true connoisseur will stop at nothing to create the finest smoking experience possible. The challenge is as glass blowers create wilder, more imaginative and aesthetic smoke-ware, they use the highest quality borosilicate, Schott, Duran, or Pyrex glass available. They also feature amazing gold and silver fumed glass works, which will cost you big time should you break it while cleaning.

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