Borosilicate or Boro is a type of glass with silica and boron trioxide as its main constituents. Boro glass has very low rate of thermal expansion, making it more resistant to thermal shock than any other conventional glass. That’s why it’s the preferred material for virtually all modern laboratory glassware and glass process equipment and has been for decades. Anyone with a Pyrex bowl in their cupboard is a low-key Boro head.
The high heat resistance makes borosilicate glass pipes, bongs, and dab rigs more durable but they can (and do) break. After enough use, the odds are that your rig will break at some point, which makes it all the more heartbreaking if you have purchased a one-off piece from one of the many Boro artisans inspired by cannabis culture. There seems to be absolutely no ceiling these days when it comes to creating amazing ways to get cannabinoids into the system – look at the $13,000 3D-printed water pipe brought to the table in April by, Tokyo Smoke
Barring breakage, there’s only one real way to ruin your newfound piece of Boro and that’s by letting it get dirty beyond recognition or repair. So, here are the three safest ways to clean your bong or rig once you fill it with residue.
#1: Alcohol + Salt
A home remedy of rubbing alcohol, table salt, plastic Q-Tips, and water. Run hot water through the bong to loosen the resin and then scoop 2-3 tablespoons of salt into the bong with half a cup of rubbing alcohol. Cover the openings and shake to agitate the remaining resin off with the salt and alcohol solution. Use the cotton swabs to reach hard-to-reach elbow joints before rinsing all alcohol from each piece.
#2: Denture Tabs
Fill the bong with water and drop in a denture tab to fizz for about 15-20 minutes. Place the slide and bowl inside a Ziploc bag and add water and a tab to get those pieces squeaky clean as well.
#3: Commercial Bong Cleaner
Bottles of brand name cleanser can be purchased where you bought the bong, or just about any online head shop. They are more expensive than the previous methods, but not necessarily more efficient.
Alana seeks to see cannabis from the perspective of politicians, advocates, entrepreneurs, and consumers. She got her start with a byline in the arts and culture section and crossed over into cannabis after using it medicinally. Current projects include investigations into cannabis and wellness; entrepreneurs of the Green Rush; cannabis for athletes; and the evolution of cannabis laws and culture in Canada.