Why You Shouldn't Use Rubbing Alcohol to Clean Your Glassware

Why You Shouldn't Use Rubbing Alcohol to Clean Your Glassware

If you regularly smoke out of a pipe or bong, chances are you’ve had to clean your piece at least a few times (and if you haven’t cleaned it, you definitely should). Maybe you’ve read some forum posts, or seen a few DIY videos, and now you’re ready to see your glassware shine.

Not so fast…

It turns out that one of the most commonly prescribed methods of glass cleaning may not be all it’s cracked up to be. That’s right, we’re talking about rubbing alcohol, here.

Rubbing alcohol (also called isopropyl alcohol) is far and away the most commonly used and widely recommended substance for cleaning your glassware, but according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and at least five other government agencies, rubbing alcohol is considered toxic and could pose health risks to humans - especially when inhaled.

These risks can include respiratory tract irritation, dizziness, headaches, unconsciousness, and even death in extreme cases. Not to mention the unpleasant taste that rubbing alcohol can leave behind.

Think about it: if you’re using cannabis as a natural way to relax or relieve pain, why would you want to clean your glassware with something harmful?

And in addition to harming your body, rubbing alcohol can also damage your glassware. Alcohol is a corrosive, which means that in addition to cleaning your pipe, it’s also having an effect on the glass itself.

The best way to effectively clean your glass is by using a product with no toxic ingredients, like our new Pipe Pal pipe cleaner. It's non-flammable and environmentally-friendly, and it removes tar, kills bacteria, and won’t damage your pipe, your hands, or your health!