One-hitters are a fan favorite among cannabis enthusiasts due to their convenience, portability, and discreteness. They are loved partly due to their simplicity and, if maintained, their long lifetime length. To ensure you can use your one-hitter for a long time, you’ll need to clean it to ensure a pleasant smoking experience regularly. In this guide, we will explore various methods to clean a one-hitter, including how to clean a clogged one-hitter that has become sticky with resin buildup.
Not only will this extend the life of your one-hitter, but it will also be healthier as clogged one-hitters promote the growth of bacteria and carry chemicals in a dangerous syrup-like substance.
Table of Contents
- Why Cleaning Your One-Hitter is Essential
- How to Clean a Clogged One-Hitter
- How to Clean a Dugout One-Hitter
- How to Clean a Metal or Glass One-Hitter
- How to Clean Different Types of One-Hitters
- How to Clean a One-Hitter Without Rubbing Alcohol
- How to Maintain Your One-Hitter's Cleanliness
- Storing Your One-Hitter Properly
- How Often Should You Clean Your One-Hitter?
- Additional Tips for a Better One-Hitter Smoking Experience
- Final Thoughts on How to Clean a One-Hitter
Why Cleaning Your One-Hitter is Essential
Before diving into the cleaning methods, we must explain why cleaning your one-hitter is important. Regular use of your one-hitter leads to the build-up of resin and bacteria, which can negatively impact the taste and quality of your smoking session. Moreover, this build-up can pose health risks by exposing you to harmful toxins and carcinogens. By keeping your one-hitter clean, you not only enhance your smoking experience but also safeguard the health of your lungs, and taking care of your lung health should be very important to you if you want to enjoy smoking the herb for a long time.
How to Clean a One Hitter
- Ziplock bag
- Paperclip or pipe cleaner
- Rubbing alcohol or isopropyl alcohol-based cleaning solution
- Warm water
- A hairdryer
- First, if your one-hitter is clogged, gently use a paperclip or pipe cleaner to clear the obstruction. To do this, feed the paperclip or pipe cleaner down the tube of your one-hitter until it meets resistance. Run it through the tube several times to ensure the clog is dislodged.
- Once the obstruction is removed, submerge your one-hitter in rubbing alcohol or a cleaning solution inside the zip lock bag, ensuring it is completely covered.
- If heavily clogged, let the one-hitter soak for 1-3 hours or overnight.
- After soaking, remove the pipe from the solution and rinse thoroughly with warm water.
- Dry your one-hitter before using it again. To make sure it's completely dry.
How to Clean a Dugout One-Hitter
The Supplies You’ll Need:
- Ziploc bag
- Rubbing alcohol or pipe-cleaning solution
- Coarse sea salt
- Pipe cleaner or Q-tip
- Warm water
Steps to Take:
- Begin by disassembling your dugout one-hitter and placing the pipe and the dugout in a Ziploc bag.
- Fill the bag with rubbing alcohol or cleaning solution until fully submerged both components.
- You’ll want to add a tablespoon of coarse sea salt to your bag.
- Seal the bag and shake it to ensure the mixture of cleaning solution and salt gets into every part of your one-hitter to remove dirt and resin. For dugouts particularly, you may need to let them soak overnight.
- Remove the one-hitter and dugout from the bag, rinse thoroughly with warm water, and allow them to air dry. You can use the hairdryer trick if you want.
How to Clean a Metal or Glass One-Hitter
One-hitters made from metal and glass are the most popular. Thankfully cleaning them is the same.
Cleaning a metal or glass one-hitter is similar to the steps we’ve laid out above; however, another method you can use involves boiling water. Using boiling water is a good extra step that makes things easier. However, it's not always required.
- Small pot or saucepan
- Cold water
- Rubbing alcohol or pipe-cleaning solution
- Bobby pins, Q-tips, toothpicks, or paperclip
- Metal tongs with rubber pads
- Place your metal or glass one-hitter in a small pot or saucepan, and add enough water to cover it fully.
- Bring the water to a boil and remove the pot from the stove.
- Allow the water to cool, and gently pick up your one-hitter using the tongs. Swish it around in the water to remove the last residue.
- Rinse the pipe with cold water to cool it down. Place on a paper towel to dry and become cool enough to pick up.
- Use a bobby pin, Q-tip, toothpick, or paperclip to clean any hard-to-reach areas or residue stuck to the metal or glass.
- Rince one last time and let your one-hitter air dry before using it again.
How to Clean Different Types of One-Hitters
If you have a one-hitter not made out of metal or glass, don’t worry. We’re going to show you how to clean them as well. Here's how to clean one-hitters made from various materials that are not metal or glass:
- Avoid rubbing alcohol or harsh chemicals, as they can damage the wood. Use vinegar or lemon juice instead.
- Use a pipe cleaner or cotton swab dipped in warm water to clean the inside of the pipe. You don’t want to submerge a wooden one-hitter as there is a chance the wood will absorb the water.
- Allow the wooden one-hitter to air dry before using a hairdryer to get it completely dry before use. Wood has a much higher chance of growing bacteria than metal or glass when damp, so a wooden one-hitter must be completely dry.
- Follow the same cleaning method as metal or glass one-hitters, using rubbing alcohol and water, except you don’t want to use coarse salt. This can scratch and damage the ceramic.
- Be gentle when cleaning ceramic one-hitters, as they can be more fragile than glass or metal pipes.
How to Clean a One-Hitter Without Rubbing Alcohol
If you don't have rubbing alcohol or an isopropyl alcohol cleaning solution on hand, there are alternative ways you can clean your one-hitter.
Here are a few methods to quickly clean a one-hitter if you don't have alcohol on hand:
Salt & Vinegar
You will need the same supplies as above; however, this time, instead of rubbing alcohol, you’ll use white vinegar and salt. Vinegar is slightly acidic, which means it will “eat” away at any resin and help remove it easier. Salt is coarse and acts as a scrubbing agent when you shake the ziplock bag.
Baking Soda & Vinegar
Switch out the salt for baking soda. When vinegar and baking soda mix, a reaction produces a white foam. This release of carbon dioxide helps lift resin from the surface of your one-hitter, making it easier to clean.
Like vinegar, lemon juice is acidic, which means it will “eat” away and soften residue inside your one-hitter. Follow the steps above to clean your one-hitter using lemon or lime juice.
You’ll need to leave the one-hitter submerged for much longer for both vinegar and lemon juice—at least 12 hours, compared to a cleaning solution.
How to Maintain Your One-Hitter's Cleanliness
To keep your one-hitter in optimal condition, cleaning and maintaining it regularly is essential. Here are some tips to help you preserve your one-hitter's cleanliness so you don’t have to clean it as often following any one of the methods above:
- Rinse your one-hitter with warm water after each use to prevent resin buildup.
- Use a pipe cleaner or cotton swab to remove debris or residue from the pipe after each use.
- If you use it frequently, perform a deep clean of your one-hitter at least once a week or more.
Storing Your One-Hitter Properly
Proper storage of your one-hitter can help maintain its cleanliness when not in use and prevent damage. Here are some practical storage tips:
- Store your one-hitter in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and moisture.
- Use a protective case or pouch to store your one-hitter when not in use. We’ve designed our Stash Jar to store your Session One-Hitter plus other cannabis goodies comfortably.
- Keep your one-hitter away from abrasive materials that could scratch or damage its surface.
How Often Should You Clean Your One-Hitter?
The frequency of cleaning your one-hitter depends on how often you use it. As a general rule of thumb, it's best to clean your one-hitter at least once a week. However, if you use it daily or notice a resin buildup, clean it more frequently.
Additional Tips for a Better One-Hitter Smoking Experience
- Always grind your herb finely to ensure an even burn and prevent clogging. For example, large nuggets of still clumpy weed will clog a one-hitter faster than a pipe.
- Pack your one-hitter lightly to avoid overpacking, which can lead to clogging and difficulty drawing the smoke.
- Replace your one-hitter if it becomes damaged, cracked, or excessively dirty, as this can impact the quality and safety of your smoking session.
Final Thoughts on How to Clean a One-Hitter
Learning to clean a one-hitter is essential for maintaining its performance and ensuring a smooth, enjoyable smoking session. The most effective way to clean a one-hitter is to use isopropyl alcohol and pipe cleaners. However, you can try rice and vinegar if you have none.
Following the methods outlined in this guide and performing regular maintenance, you can keep your one-hitter in excellent condition and prolong its lifespan. So what are you waiting for; get yourself a pipe cleaning kit and clean your one-hitter today!