3 Ways on How to Properly Clean a One-Hitter

by Richard Blows

You got a one-hitter. Now what?

So you have a one-hitter. You’re happy that it was affordable and it’s convenient to have on the go. You’ve smoked you're new one hitter many times already and now it’s filled with resin and other nasty residues.

One hitters will get dirty and clogged pretty quick, so make sure you have what you need to clean a chillum handy at all times.

It’s time for a deep clean. If you don’t know how to do it, don’t worry. At the Atomic Blaze online smoke shop, we’re here to help you with some great hacks to make sure your smoking accessory is a trusty companion for many years.


  • Soak your one-hitter in a plastic bag/container with Isopropyl alcohol and salt.
  • If you’re looking for more natural cleaning solutions use salt and vinegar or baking soda and vinegar.
  • If you’re in a rush, a bobby pin or a paper clip will do the trick.

“Fun” cleaning time!

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One-hitters are surely a favorite in the smoking community. They are not only portable but also one of the simplest smoking accessories available. One-hitters are a great solution if you want to conserve your herbs, are on-the-go, or if you just don’t want to use a big bong.

The downside is that they can get quite messy. You’re wondering; how can you keep your one-hitter neat? Well, just keep it clean. It can last a long time if you take care of it. In order to properly clean your smoking device, you must first understand how it gets clogged. At the end of any one-hitter is a small bowl where you pack your finely ground up herbs. The stem is the end you smoke out of. So these are the parts that get clogged and need extra care.

There comes a time when you must admit to yourself that your pipe desperately needs to be cleaned ( it might be right now). Yes, we know, a friend with some dank herbs is a friend indeed. But what about a friend that cleans your one-hitter after a fun night at your place? Um, yeah, good luck with that. You’re on your own and you know it. It’s not a fun thing to do but you just have to do it if you want your next sesh to be as good as this one.

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Just take a quick moment to think about this: When you take out the trash, do you do it because it’s enjoyable? Of course not. Unless you’re some kind of cleaning weirdo. Well, the same goes for your one-hitter. You have to take out all that gross residue. Yeah, it’s not the most exciting thing to do, but cleaning is what makes it usable. Ultimately, it will be to your advantage to have a nice and tidy glass pipe. And let’s be honest, it’s quite easy to clean it. Just get up and do it!

So, here are three low-budget hacks on how to properly clean a one-hitter:

Isopropyl alcohol & salt

Isopropyl alcohol is very flammable, which is also why it can break up the resin in your glass pipes so well. So, be careful!

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This is the most popular method of cleaning a one-hitter: soaking it in Isopropyl alcohol and salt. Here are the supplies you need in order to get the job done: 

  • A plastic bag
  • Q-tips/pipe cleaners
  • Paper clip (something metal and wiry)
  • A bottle of Isopropyl alcohol
  • Salt (we recommend you use sea salt but any kind of salt will do the trick).

First things first, make sure to remove any loose particles from your glass pipe. Then get a sealable plastic bag or container and pour the alcohol - your one-hitter has to be completely covered. Next, add about 4-5 tablespoons of salt into the bag and lightly shake it or stir it to ensure that everything is mixed up.

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You’ll see that this solution will remove all the nasty stuff. You just have to let your one-hitter soak for minimum 30-60 minutes. Ideally, you should let it soak overnight. The next step is to rinse it with slightly warm water and if there is still some resin in the hard to reach spots of the one-hitter, you can use the q-tips or pipe cleaners. In the end, just rinse it once again and let it dry.

Natural ingredients

Another method of cleaning your one-hitter is to use different household items (we can call them as alternative cleaning solutions). For each of these natural ways of cleaning you have to follow the same steps as above.

One solution is to use salt and vinegar - this method is almost the same as the Isopropyl alcohol and salt cleaning solution. It’s easy to use, it works fast and it’s really effective. In this case, the disadvantage is the strong smell of the vinegar. However, this should not be a problem if the one-hitter is kept in a contained place.

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One more alternative way of cleaning a one-hitter is to use baking soda and vinegar, which is very similar to the previous solution (salt and vinegar). This method can be a little bit less effective because baking soda is not grainy like salt, so it’s more difficult to clean those hard to reach areas. But if you let your one-hitter sit overnight in this cleaning solution, everything should be fine.

Pro Smokers Tip:

Always keep a straightened paper clip handy to poke through the bowl into the chamber for a quick and easy way to unclog your chillum.


Bobby pins/paperclips

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Everyone has bobby pins or paperclips at home, this is why they are a common method of cleaning a one-hitter. In some situations when you don’t have the time to use one of the methods we’ve talked about previously, bobby pins or paper clips can be your ultimate savior.

The first thing you have to do is to open the bobby pin straight or to unfold the paperclip. Then you start scraping the inside of the bowl. That’s it. You just have to be careful when you do this because if you’re scraping too aggressively you might damage your smoking accessory.

Clean, clean and clean again

Ultimately, the best advice we can give you is to make the cleaning of your one-hitter a regular habit. Nobody likes dirty glass pieces, so don’t wait for months to clean them. Not to mention that if they are untidy they will not work too well. This is why we’re here, to make your life a little bit easier with these hacks. That way you get back to smoking and whatever fun things you like to do in your spare time.

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