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
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
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.
When all else fails, try salt, sand, or baking soda
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.