With isopropyl alcohol in short supply, I wanted to test out some alternative methods for cleaning pipes. With some quick online research, I decided to test these three popular methods; vinegar and baking soda, simply boiling water and nail polish remover.
Let me start by saying I do not recommend using nail polish remover on your smokeware. It is extremely toxic and harmful to inhale!
Vinegar and Baking Soda
Submerge the pipe in vinegar, add a dash of baking soda. It will bubble up and get really fizzy! Let sit in that solution for 3 hours. Remove, and rinse well. Clean the interior chamber with pipe cleaners if you have them.
This non-toxic cleaning solution works really well and you usually have the ingredients on hand anyway. Definitely the winner of this experiment was the vinegar and baking soda method.
Place the pipe in a small pot, cover with water and boil. Always use a pot with a lid, this method smells terrible. I left it in for about 30 minutes. Removed carefully, its very hot! Rinse well and use a pipe cleaner if you can.
Boiling water does remove a decent amount of resin, but not all of it. Definitely not the most efficient way to clean.
Nail Polish Remover
Place the pipe in a small glass container, fill with enough nail polish remover to submerge the pipe. Let sit for 3 hours.
This method completely obliterates resin. HOWEVER, it is extremely toxic and very bad to enhale. I don't recommend ever using nail polish on any smokeware.