How to Clean a One Hitter

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If you are a smoker, you might have already encountered this helpful smoking accessory. This little tool can be convenient and enjoyable to use. As you use your one-hitter, it will, without doubt, accumulate resin, gunk, and dirt that can make the one-hitter inoperative.

Familiarising yourself with how to clean a one-hitter may help you prolong the lifespan of your smoking device. As you read on, you will get to digest the comprehensive guide we have curated to help you effectively clean your tool.

How to Clean a One Hitter

Cleaning a one-hitter is very easy, and you get to do it with things easily found in your house. The process typically involves submerging the hitter in a Ziploc bag with enough solution of either baking soda and alcohol, salt and vinegar, or even alcohol on its own. Let it sit and then shake.

Smoke coming from a brown one hitter pipe

Cleaning Supplies Needed

It is crucial to have a clear vision of all the items you may need for cleaning before you practically begin to do so. Having a list of required supplies will help you get organized and carry out professional-like work.

Some of  the simple ingredients and tools that you may require are:

  • A paper clip
  • Alcohol
  • A plastic Ziploc bag or container
  • Paper towels
  • Salt
  • Some Q-tips
  • Vinegar
  • Baking Soda

With the above list of few ingredients, you have multiple cleaning methods to choose from depending on the intensity of cleaning required.

Using Alcohol and Salt

Using isopropyl alcohol and salt concoction is one of the most popular methods for cleaning one-hitters. This technique is cheap, effective, and environmentally unlike using commercial products. Before you start, remove any loose debris, gunk, and particles using a stretched-out office paperclip.

First, place the one-hitter in a Ziploc bag or container and pour in alcohol until the one-hitter appears fully submerged in the alcohol. Measure two to three tablespoons of salt and add to the bag. Seal the bag or container and let it sit for an average of two minutes so that the gunk and resin become loose.

The next thing you need to do is pick up the bag and give it a good shake to remove the dirt particles. Salt acts as an abrasive that scrubs the gunk off your one-hitter. The salt is effective enough to clean the hard-to-reach places in the one-hitter. The more the course the salt is, the more powerful its cleaning abilities are.

One hitter pipe made of metal


Leave the one-hitter to soak in the container for an hour. If you get impatient while waiting, you can give the bag a little shake to help speed up the process. After an hour has elapsed, you may provide the container with one last shake before pulling out the one-hitter and checking that it is satisfactorily clean.

Rinsing and Drying

If you are satisfied with the cleanliness of your one-hitter, you may go ahead and rinse it using room temperature water. It is advisable to avoid using hot water because a glass one-hitter can expand under high heat change and shutter. Use the q-tip and the paperclip to scrub out any remnant resin or gunk in your one-hitter.

Give your one-hitter one final rinse to flush out all the isopropyl alcohol and dab away excess water using a paper towel. Place the one-hitter on a clean, dry surface and allow it to air dry. Your one-hitter will be ready for loading once it is completely dry.

Using Vinegar and Salt

If you lack alcohol in the house, you can go for vinegar as an alternative option. Vinegar is an effective multipurpose cleaning solution that you can use to clean a one-hitter. You will need to add three to four tablespoons of salt to it to create the cleaning solution.

The steps to clean a one-hitter using these ingredients are identical to those followed when cleaning using alcohol and salt. However, you will have to leave the device to soak overnight to help it get better cleaned since vinegar is not as strong as isopropyl alcohol.

The one drawback of using vinegar is its pungent smell that may linger on your one-hitter. Fortunately, a few drops of essential oil will try to take care of that.

Using Baking Soda and Alcohol

If salt is not available, baking soda can come in as a handy substitute. Although not as abrasive as salt, baking soda is often an alternative when creating a one-hitter cleaning solution. Preparing the solution involves adding two tablespoons of baking soda to your one-hitter submerged in alcohol.

You may leave the device to soak for as long as you deem necessary for the ingredients to work on cleaning the tool. The standard procedures of washing used in the prementioned cleaning solutions are also applied when using baking soda and alcohol. It would be wise to regularly clean your one-hitter to avoid an accumulation of resins that have potential health risks.

Two wooden one hitter pipe

Using Store-Bought Cleaning Solutions

You may use store-bought cleaning solutions such as Smoke Bong Cleaner and Formula 420 to clean a one-hitter. These standard cleaning solutions can be found in most stores and come containing a set of instructions to guide you on how to use the cleaning solution. They tend to be quick and easy to use.

The disadvantage of the cleaning regimen include:

  • The cleaning solutions are highly overpriced
  • The smell is off-putting
  • Prolonged contact may cause rashes
  • They may cause coughing or sneezing

Why Do You Need to Clean a One Hitter?

Just as it is important to regularly clean a smoke buddy, it is advisable to regularly clean a one-hitter to prevent the accumulation of filth and resins. Resins have potential health risks and may cause lung irritation, headache, sore throat, and difficulty breathing.

You can boil a one-hitter that is made from metallic material when cleaning it. However, it is not advisable to boil a one-hitter made from glass. Glass shutters when exposed to significant temperature changes.


Taking care of the tool you have through proper maintenance will save you a lot of money that would have been spent replacing your smoking device. Be sure to clean your one-hitter just as much as you use it to smoke, and you may notice an overall improved smoking experience.