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How To Clean A Water Pipe

Icky. Smelly. Germ-infested. This is what happens when you leave your water pipe uncleaned. Nasty resin builds up, sticking to the glass. A putrid odor can waft from the pipes. Dangerous bacteria starts to multiply. 

If you want to smoke properly, your water pipe needs to be thoroughly cleaned. The problem is that the traditional methods of cleaning can potentially do more harm than good. Isopropyl (rubbing alcohol) is highly flammable, so putting a flame to your water pipe right after you clean it can be pretty dangerous. 

At Resolution, we've developed a better alternative. It doesn’t require isopropyl, nor does it require excessive scrubbing. You simply pour the solution in, let is soak for a few minutes, rinse, and you’re good to go. 

how to clean a bong with resolution gel

Let’s explain it step-by-step. 

  1. Remove your bowl. Pour any dirty pipe water into a sink or toilet. 
  2. Shake the Resolution Gel pouch to activate the gel. 
  3. Pour in the Resolution Gel. Make sure you don’t over-pour; you simply need enough to cover the glass. Place the caps which come with gel over both sides of the glass. 
  4. Let the gel sit for 5-15 minutes. 
  5. Rinse the glass with warm water. 
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Another option is to place the water pipe pieces inside the Resolution Gel pouch: 

  1. Shake the Resolution Gel Bag. Tear of the top of the pouch. Open the resealable top. 
  2. Drop in the bowl, stem, and any other small glass parts. 
  3. Wait 5-15 minutes, take out the parts, and rinse. 

With either method, you can quickly and effectively clean your water pipe. The gel and pouch are made to be reused 5-10 times, which is perfect if you’re an active water pipe user. 

rinsing bong

Why You Need to Clean Your Water Pipe

Dirty water pipe are a lung hazard. Unclean water pipe collect debris, which is known to develop into bacteria and fungus. As you can imagine, inhaling from a water pipe that’s teeming with bacteria won’t be good for your lungs. You have a higher risk of respiratory irritation, and you’re more likely to catch some sort of infection. The last thing you want is to get sick from your water pipe.

Dirty water pipes ruin a smoking session. It’s likely that you’ve paid good money for your herb, so why not get the most of it by smoking from a freshly cleaned glass? Clean smoke has a much better taste, and will make for a superior session. 

Dirty water pipes don’t hit smoothly. If you’ve hit your water pipe and you immediately fall into a convulsive coughing fit, it can be a sign that your water pipe isn’t fully clean. Debris in a water pipe can be disruptive, and will degrade the quality of your hit. 

Pathogens and dirty water are a match made in hell. If you see a nasty biofilm within your glass, you’re looking at a breeding ground for bacteria, yeast, and other nasty microorganisms. This resin can affect your next smoking session and sabotage your lungs. By neglecting to properly clean your water pipe, you’re giving these microbes a free highway to your throat and lungs, opening yourself up to a myriad of terrible infections and discomfort.

Cleaning your water pipe has never been easier with Resolution’s water pipe cleaning products. Free of harmful chemicals and ridiculously simple to use, our gel pouches are made for you to safely and conveniently clean your water pipe. Watch this video to see the Resolutioncolo Bong & Pipe cleaner in action!


cleaning a bong before and after