How to Clean your Glassware without a lot of Chemicals
When you use things, they often can get soiled. When an item is soiled, it may not work as well or perform as expected. This is true of a very large portion of commonly used items – such as bong, water pipes, chillums, steamrollers, ash catchers, percs and so much more. When you first get the glass, you don’t think about Best Ways to Clean glassware. You think, “let’s test this out!”
When you use the glass without cleaning it from time to time, it turns mega gunky.
If you’re subjecting yourself to mega soiled glassware regularly, you may be harming yourself.
Regular cleaning of cannabis glassware is important for several reasons:
- Maintains the flavor: Over time, resin buildup can affect the flavor of your cannabis, making it taste harsh or stale. Cleaning your glassware removes this buildup, preserving the original flavor of your cannabis.
- Prevents contamination: Dirty glassware can harbor bacteria and other contaminants that can be harmful to your health. Regular cleaning ensures that your glassware is free from harmful substances.
- Improves the overall experience: Clean glassware looks better, feels better, and provides a more enjoyable experience overall.
For the best ways to clean glass, you can use a variety of cleaning products. Here are some of the most popular and effective options:
Three Quick Methods most people use to Clean cannabis Glassware
- Alcohol and salt
Mixing isopropyl alcohol with coarse salt creates an abrasive solution that can effectively remove resin buildup. Simply add the mixture to your glassware and shake to clean. The salt acts like a mild abrasive and the alcohol is a relatively safe solvent of resin and oils.
- Vinegar and baking soda
This is another effective cleaning solution that can be used to remove resin buildup from your glassware. Simply mix vinegar and baking soda to form a paste and apply to your glassware. This is our favorite standard cleaner for safety from chemicals and harmful agents.
- Commercial cleaning products
There are many commercial cleaning products specifically designed for cleaning cannabis glassware. These products can be found at the Carolina Hemp Hut dispensaries.
Whichever cleaning method you choose, it’s important to rinse your glassware thoroughly with warm water after cleaning to remove any residue.
What is my “glassware” made of anyway? Is my bong made of glass?
The thermal breakdown or fragility of glass, borosilicate, quartz, and Pyrex can vary depending on several factors, including the composition of the material and the way it was manufactured. What your glassware is actually composed of impacts much of its overall care and maintenance situation.
Since some glassware items sold in Cannabis retailer locations (dispensaries) tend to be on the higher end than you will find in your typical vape/tobacco/head shop, most items will be “more than glass”. Yet, we know that some will be Silicone (Polymer made of siloxane), which is not glass at all. We will not address those directly in this article.
Key Materials for Bongs/Bangers and other glassware
- Glass: Glass is a brittle material that can easily break when subjected to rapid temperature changes or high temperatures. This is because most types of glass have a relatively low thermal shock resistance.
- Borosilicate: Borosilicate glass is a type of glass that contains boron and silica, which makes it more durable and resistant to thermal shock than traditional glass. This type of glass is often used in laboratory and cooking applications, as it can withstand high temperatures and rapid temperature changes without breaking.
- Quartz: Quartz is a type of mineral that is extremely heat-resistant and durable. Quartz products are often used in high-temperature applications, such as furnace linings and heating elements, because they can withstand temperatures up to 1,700°C (3,000°F) without breaking or deforming.
- Pyrex: Pyrex is a brand of borosilicate glass that is commonly used in cooking and laboratory applications. Like other types of borosilicate glass, Pyrex is more durable and resistant to thermal shock than traditional glass. Pyrex is also capable of withstanding high temperatures and rapid temperature changes, making it an ideal choice for oven and microwave use.
Since the thermal breakdown or fragility of glass, borosilicate, quartz, and Pyrex can vary depending on the composition of the material and the way it was manufactured. However, in general, borosilicate and quartz are more durable and resistant to thermal shock than traditional glass, making them ideal for high-temperature applications such as bangers at dabbing glass (terp slurper/nectar straws and the like).
If you would like to explore how the makers of so many quality glass (Pyrex) products recommend cleaning, we also suggest you explore further at the Manufacturer’s site.
When heating borosilicate glassware, it’s important to follow safe heating practices to prevent breakage or other damage. Here are some tips for safely heating borosilicate:
- Avoid rapid temperature changes: Borosilicateis made of tempered glass, which means it can withstand high temperatures, but it can also be vulnerable to thermal shock. To avoid thermal shock, avoid rapidly changing the temperature of the glassware, such as placing it directly from the freezer into a hot oven. Instead, allow the glassware to come to room temperature before exposing it to high heat.
- Use low heat: When heating borosilicate for any reason on a stovetop, use a low heat setting and avoid letting the glassware touch the heating element. If the heat is too high, the glassware could crack or break.
- Avoid heating empty glassware: Never heat an empty piece of borosilicate without proper caution, as this can also cause the glassware to crack or break.
- Check the temperature regularly: If you’re using borosilicate bangers or bowls with your torch, check the temperature regularly to make sure it’s not getting too hot. This may ruin your concentrate/flower and break the glassware.
By following these tips, you can help ensure that your glassware is heated safely and avoid damage or breakage.