A good spoon pipe is a thing of beauty. Whether they’re blown in glass, carved out of wood, or even made from random household objects, spoons are a great way to toke weed on the go and a must-have for any serious paraphernalia collection.
A slight issue is that no one enjoys cleaning the things. It can be difficult to remember to take good care of a piece that’s no more complicated than a corn-cob pipe. Everyone knows to wash their bongs, but spoons are easy to forget.
Similarly, they’re also easy to neglect, and that can end badly. At some point or another, all stoners come to that moment when a spoon gets clogged with ash and residue at exactly the moment you planned to start in on a fresh bag of bud.
By then, it may be too late. You may not be able to get the gunk out of the way no matter how hard you try. This is a great way to kill a good pipe.
But there are solutions. Your best option is simply to remember to clean your spoon on a regular basis, as often as you clean your bong.
Stay on top of it
The sludge usually gets stuck deep inside the pipe, in a part of the neck you can’t reach with a pipe cleaner, Q-Tip, or paper clip. It’s therefore critical that you wash the whole pipe. Scrubbing out the bowl with an alcohol wipe will make it look better, but it won’t get at the buildup inside the spoon.
If you’re wondering how to clean a spoon pipe, there are a number of options. The most common is the alcohol-salt combo, though denture tablets, vinegar, and acetone are popular alternatives.
Cleaning with alcohol
To clean with alcohol, make sure you get a large bottle of isopropyl alcohol that’s at least 91 percent alcohol. The higher the proof, the better it is at cleaning glass and other surfaces.
Put your spoon in a plastic container deep enough to submerge the pipe in alcohol. Now pour some salt into the bottom of the container. Finally, cover the pipe completely in isopropyl alcohol. Now shake the container vigorously for several minutes.
Finally, let your pipe sit for at least 15 minutes while the alcohol dissolves that funky residue. Rinse the spoon under hot water for a few seconds and you’re done.
The same approach works with acetone. If you can’t find acetone easily, just buy some nail polish remover, which contains the solvent.
Place the spoon in the plastic container and fill it with acetone so the pipe is completely submerged. Now gently swish the container so the acetone has a chance to work on the residue.
If you want to use denture tablets instead, fill the container with warm water, then add two tablets. Close the container and shake vigorously.
Once you’ve rinsed your pipe and dried it, it’s ready to go right back into circulation. So remember to keep your spoon clean. If you treat it right, it will never let you down.