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Guides | 11.10.2020

How To Get Rid Of Stubborn Resin Stains

If you are beyond fed up with trying to clean off that sticky mess they call resin, then here are the best ways to get rid of it once and for all.

Resin sure is a pain, isn’t it? Not only does it clog and dirty up your devices, but it also stinks. And when that stuff winds up on your hands, you practically have to scrub your skin off to get rid of it. Oh, and who can forget what it’s like to try to remove a resin stain from your clothes. Ugh! So is there a solution to this pesky problem? Yes, there is, thank goodness. If you are beyond fed up with trying to clean off that sticky mess they call resin, then here are the best ways to get rid of it once and for all.

Soften It Up Using Oil

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Did you know that oil will not only absorb resin but will also soften it and make it easier to remove? It’s true, and you have quite a few options to choose from as far as the oil goes.

Your best bet by far is coconut oil, but you can also use margarine, olive oil, butter, and even peanut butter. Of course, using any of these will cause a mess of their own. However, you can easily clean it all up by using soap and water.

The oil method works well for getting resin off your skin, devices, and hard surfaces. As for cleaning fabrics, not so much.

Solvents Are Your Best Bet

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Rather than drinking that leftover Everclear you have lying around, use it to get rid of resin instead. In fact, with high proof alcohol, you can extract the residual THC from practically any surface and then reuse it. All you have to do is fill up your rig, let it sit for ten minutes, give it a couple of hard shakes, pour the contents into a glass dish, cover it, and then wait for the alcohol to evaporate before scraping out the stickiness.

If you would rather not reuse the resin, just soak your piece in rubbing alcohol or spray it over the surface. Then, use a cloth or your hands to remove it. It’s that simple.

Another solvent that works great is cola. It’s just as effective as alcohol but is not safe for all surfaces. Since it is acidic, it can dissolve built-up resin and make cleaning your device much more simple.

Finally, there’s acetone. If you need to remove resin from fabric, then straight up acetone or nail polish remover will do the trick. But before you try it, be sure to spot-test to avoid bleeding or making the stain worse.

Best Products to Remove Weed Resin Stains

If you’re not a DIY type of person and just want to go straight to the point, there are plenty of products available today that are specifically designed to remove cannabis resin stains from your glassware, hands, and gear. Here are the best ones out there.

For Your Glassware: Piece Water Solution

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Photo courtesy of Piece Water.

Piece Water Solution features a proprietary blend of all-natural food-grade mineral, vegetable, and fruit extracts. It is more than just a cleaning solution, it’s an alternative to water in your glassware that prevents resin from forming, avoids clogging, and filters your smoke. Add Piece Water to your bong, bubbler, or water pipe and use normally. Then, rinse the device will tap water to make it look as new, eliminating the need for any harsh chemicals. Here’s our guide with the best bong cleaners for more options.

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For Your Hands: Bud's Resin Remover

Bud’s Resin Remover is specifically designed to quickly and easily remove even the stickiest, smelliest resin off your hands, eliminating odor, leaving no waste, and without any harm to your hands. Unlike most resin removers, this one does not contain any alcohol that dries up your skin. Instead, Bud’s Resin Remover moisturizes and hydrates your skin, leaving it smooth and clean. To use it, just place a few dollops on your hands, rub them together, and rinse. Quick, easy, effective.

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For Your Tools: American Cannabis Resin Remover

This balm, which you can also apply directly to your hands, is a perfect product to get rid of resin stains and clogs in devices like pipes, grinders, scissors, or stash jars. American Cannabis Strain Remover, by Sophic Sage, is made with organic, all-natural ingredients that remove resin in one swipe. Simply apply a small amount on fingertips or a piece of cloth and swipe resin off. Its convenient application method lets you use it without getting dirty or leaving behind any waste. Keep your weed gear sharp, clean, and running smoothly with this all-natural balm.

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When All Else Fails, Try Salt, Sand, or Baking Soda

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From glass to plastic, mildly abrasive agitators can be used to remove resin from a variety of surfaces. Whether you have salt, sand, or baking soda, either or will do just fine. But one thing you should know is that with salt, you’ll lose all resin that has built up on your bongs, pipes, and surfaces.

If by chance the resin is wet, you can rub sand into it, which will cause it to clump up and fall right off. And if it’s starting to dry, using a combination of toothpaste and salt or baking soda on it should work. Both of these options work particularly well for your hands and fabrics.

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