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    Cleaning Paraphernalia | Top 5 Tips for Cleaning Smoking Accessories

    Boiling pot of water on a stove

    Smoking accessories like dugouts and one-hitters make the whole experience so much more convenient, but you have to be proactive about cleaning your paraphernalia on a regular basis. If you neglect the upkeep, you’ll be left with accessories that are clogged, dirty, foul-smelling, and just unsanitary. Luckily, your accessories aren’t difficult to clean; it usually just takes a couple of minutes. These helpful cleaning tips should help you keep your equipment in pristine condition no matter how often you light up.

    1. Clean Your Accessories After Every Smoke

    This might seem like the most obvious point, but it’s by far the most important. Smoking materials contain a wide array of volatile organic compounds, and they absorb moisture from the air. If left to sit and degrade after use, they can become subject to mold growth and develop other types of contaminants. You definitely don’t want to absorb these contaminants into your lungs, so make sure to prioritize cleaning your paraphernalia after every single use. It only takes a couple of minutes, and it will ensure that your next smoke is far sweeter and more enjoyable.

    Just to clarify, you do not have to deep-clean after every use (more on deep cleaning later). You just need to remove the buildup so that the compounds and oils don’t degrade inside your pipe. Ongoing residue removal will also make all of your more serious cleaning efforts much quicker and easier.

    2. Use a Poker/Scooper Tool for Narrow Pipes

    Poker tool for a smoking kit

    If you’re cleaning a narrow one-hitter or multi-hitter, don’t make the mistake of simply rinsing it out and assuming that your job is complete. To clean smoking paraphernalia, you need a quality poker/scooper tool to properly unclog the pipe. Smoking residue is sticky and will bond to the inside of the pipe, so you’ll need to loosen it and scrape it out with each use. This not only helps you to keep your pipe clean but also removes the clogs and barriers that can inhibit your smoking experience. Just insert the scooper into both ends of your one-hitter or multi-hitter, and your de-clogging should be complete within a matter of seconds.

    3. Use a Scooper That Won’t Damage Your Pipe

    While we’re on the subject of scoopers, it’s important to note that not all scooper tools are created equal. We recommend copper scoopers like this Smokit double-sided poker/scooper tool. It’s designed to work perfectly with 2” and 3” pipes and its expanded scoop end de-clogs your one-hitter or multi-hitter with minimal effort. If fits inside all of our compact dugouts, so it makes a great addition to any portable smoking kit.

    4. Opt for the Occasional Deep-Clean

    Can you remember the last time you gave a thorough deep cleaning to your paraphernalia? If it’s been a while, or if you can’t even remember the last time you did more than a quick scrub or de-clogging, it’s time to break out the cleaning solutions. Even if you’re diligent with de-clogging and emptying your pipe, you’re still leaving behind microscopic contaminants. From time to time, you need to disinfect.

    For most people, once a month is plenty. If you smoke more than the average person, you may want to clean your accessories twice a month just to keep the lingering contaminants at bay. Just note, however, that different cleaning methods are recommended for different types of accessories, which we’ll expand upon in the next two points. Make sure to use the best pipe cleaning solution for your particular pipe.

    5. Boil Your Metal or Ceramic Accessories

    One important thing to keep in mind when cleaning your paraphernalia is that not all cleaning methods are ideal for all accessories. All of your accessories should get the occasional deep cleaning, but what works for a glass pipe won’t be as effective on a ceramic pipe.

    If you have a ceramic or metal one-hitter, your best pipe cleaning solution is actually boiling water. Start by de-clogging or removing any surface residue from the pipe. Then put a pot of water on the stove to boil. When the water starts to boil, submerge your pipe using a pair of tongs (don’t drop it directly into the water unless you want to risk the painful backsplash). Leave it in the boiling water for about 10 minutes, and then remove it with your tongs. Set it on a non-heat-sensitive surface to cool for about 15 minutes, and it should be clean and ready to use again.

    6. Use Rubbing Alcohol on Your Glass and Wood Accessories

    While the boiling approach is great for metal and ceramic, it should never be used on glass or wood pipes. For these accessories, your best pipe cleaning solution is rubbing alcohol. Just fill a large ziplock bag with equal parts warm water and rubbing alcohol, and place the pipe inside. Seal the bag shut and allow the pipe to soak for about an hour. Then remove it, rinse, and dry. If you prefer, you can use vodka or vinegar instead of rubbing alcohol.

    For larger pipes, like bongs, you may find full submersion more difficult. In this case, to clean your paraphernalia, just remove the individual parts, remove any leftover smoking residue, and rinse the pipe thoroughly with warm water. Then cover the entire surface with one of the cleaning solutions above and scrub inside and out with a firm bristled brush.

    7. Get Rid of Expired Product

    A typical herbal smoking product will stay fresh for 6 months to a year. If you store it in a quality dugout that blocks light and humidity, the product may even last a bit longer. Once it hits its expiration, though, you need to toss it out, wipe down your dugout with a damp cloth, and add some fresh product. Nobody likes to part with a product they spent good money on, but you have to consider your health first. One of the most important aspects of cleaning paraphernalia is knowing when to dispose of the material itself.

    Remember, cleaning paraphernalia isn’t just about improving the taste and experience. It’s about looking out for your health. So make sure to clean yours on the regular!

    The 5 Best Odor Eliminators for Smokers

    Smoke rising from a stick of incense

    We love to smoke, but the lingering smell can be a real downside. This is especially true for those of us who enjoy smoking the herb. We try everything in our power to eliminate the lingering aroma and maintain some sense of discretion, but the aroma has other plans. Worst of all, conventional odor eliminators don’t seem to do anything for it. One minute the room smells like smoke, and the next it smells like someone’s been smoking in an evergreen forest. That certainly doesn’t help. Fortunately, odor eliminators just for smokers exist.

    The reason why it’s so difficult to get rid of the smell is that your herb is packed with over 150 terpenes, aromatic plant oils that stick to everything and emit strong odors. They’re the same compounds that make essential oils smell so good, but they’re not always welcome. So if you need to know how to remove strong odors from clothes, we’ve got you covered so you won’t smell like Woodstock for days on end.

    The good news is that there are highly effective odor eliminators for smokers. You just have to use the right solutions. If you’re struggling to find an odor killer that actually works, here are our top 5 recommendations.

    5. Nag Champa Incense

    This one goes at the bottom of our list of odor eliminators for smokers because you’re really just trading one smell for another. Still, when you’re in a pinch, it does the trick quickly and effectively. The reason it’s so effective is because it contains its own assortment of aromatic terpenes. It’s made from a combination of fragrant plant sources including magnolia, sandalwood, orange blossom, and tree resin. Because it’s extremely popular, you can find it almost anywhere incense is sold. Sometimes it’s marketed simply as “Champa.”

    Nag Champa incense is best for those times when you need to mask a smell quickly and you don’t have time for any sort of deep cleaning. Just light the incense, and within a couple of minutes the smell will override the smell of your smoke. Again, it’s not a perfect solution, but it’s good to have on hand...just in case.

    4. Essential Oils

    Essential oil bottles

    For smokers, another odor eliminator option is to use essential oils. This is one more example of fighting terpenes with terpenes, but it’s a bit less intense and intrusive than using incense. In the long run, it can also be more successful, as certain oils are known to break down smoke odors at the enzyme level. Citrus and tea tree oil are your best bet.

    If you’re applying one of these essential oils directly to clothes or fabrics that smell like smoke, you’ll only want to use a few drops. A little goes a long way. Alternately, you can find a commercial deodorizing spray that uses one of these oils as an active ingredient. For example, there are odor eliminator sprays made from tea tree oil, and these can be much more effective than conventional sprays.

    If you’re wondering how to remove strong odors from clothes, you can start a wash cycle and add two or three drops of your essential oil to the tub when it fills up. Then complete the wash and dry cycles as normal. Alternately, spray the garments with your deodorizer spray, wait about 10 minutes, and then wash.

    3. Vinegar

    Vinegar is kind of a miracle solution. It removes stubborn stains, kills weeds, and is easily one of the best odor eliminators for smokers. Best of all, there are different ways to use it depending on the type of odor you’re trying to remove:

    • How to Remove Strong Odors From Clothes: Add ½ cup of distilled white vinegar to your wash cycle instead of laundry detergent.
    • How to Remove Odors From Carpet and Upholstery: Mix up a solution of 2 parts water and 1 part distilled white vinegar. Apply to a cloth and scrub the affected surfaces firmly. Your home or vehicle will smell like vinegar for about a day (there’s always a downside), but once the smell dissipates, all traces of smoke aroma should be gone.
    • How to Remove Odors From the Air: Pour 2 to 3 cups of distilled white vinegar into a pot and bring to a boil. Let it simmer for about half an hour. It should deodorize your entire home.

    When incorporating this natural odor eliminator for smokers, make sure to use distilled white vinegar. Other types of vinegar contain higher concentrations of acetic acid and may damage certain fabrics.

    2. An Air Purifier

    Air purifiers are designed to absorb volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted by smoke products, thereby preventing the chemicals from sticking to surfaces. When it comes to smoke, it’s very important to invest in an air purifier with an activated carbon filter. These types of filters are better able to absorb the chemicals than a typical HEPA filter. If you smoke regularly, you’ll need to replace this filter about once every 6 to 8 months.

    An air purifier is arguably the best preventive odor eliminator, but keep in mind that it works best when it’s used in real time—i.e. while you’re smoking. If you’re trying to eliminate an old lingering smell, your results may vary.

    1. Baking Soda

    Baking soda box beside baking soda in a glass bowl

    Baking soda is, quite simply, the best natural deodorizer available. When it comes to odor eliminators for smokers, you won’t do any better. It absorbs volatile organic compounds, kills odors, and dehumidifies. All you have to do is sprinkle it directly over any affected surfaces, leave it overnight, and then vacuum the next day. It’s not an immediate solution, but in most cases, it’s your most effective solution. Scented baking sodas are also available.

    For a powerful one-two punch, try one of the vinegar methods above, and then finish off with the baking soda. If that doesn’t eliminate your odor once and for all, chances are nothing will!

    The Best Odor Eliminators for Smokers

    They say that prevention is the best cure, and that’s definitely true when it comes to unwanted smoke smells. For example, if odor is a persistent problem, consider smoking outdoors or in the garage to prevent the smoke from being absorbed into your walls and creating a frustrating cleanup situation. If you do smoke indoors, consider using an air purifier as noted above.

    Also, don’t leave your smoke products out in the open. If you store your herb in an airtight, smell-proof jar like the WeJar, you’ll have convenient access to your smoking products at all times while preventing smells from lingering out in the open. This vacuum-sealed jar is made from acrylic and designed to preserve smoking materials without letting the odors out.

    As you can see, there are plenty of excellent odor eliminators for smokers. Be proactive about keeping the scents under control, and you can enjoy all the sweet sensations without having to deal with the lingering after-effects.

     

    How to Keep Your Smoking Kit Hidden in Any Situation

    A man in a hoodie smoking in front of a lake

    If you’re a smoker, you need a hidden stash box to keep it secret and safe. Your smoke might be perfectly legal in your state, but everyone has that friend who always runs short. Even if you don’t need to keep your herb out of sight, some stashes, like Storage Soles, offer a convenient way to carry more smoking material with you without adding bulk to your pockets. There are a lot of reasons someone might want a discreet way to carry their preferred smoke, and understanding how to do so is an important skill many smokers need to master.

    The Considerations Of Carrying

    When deciding on the right hidden stash box for your needs, it helps to understand what you actually need to hide, why you need to hide it, and how best to do so. It’s important to note that we are not encouraging you to break any laws, nor are we offering legal advice. It’s up to you to know and understand the rules governing both your preferred smoke and smoking equipment in your area. That being said, here’s what you’ll want to consider when choosing a stash.

    • Appearance - If it’s the size of a shoebox, your stash isn’t exactly unobtrusive. You want something small enough that you can keep it safely out of obvious site on or around your person. Of course, you also need your hidden stash box to hold enough smoke to do you some good.
    • Smell - We’re not talking about the ability to hide your smoking material from a trained canine. Their noses work on a different level than humans, and most stashes just aren’t up to the task. We’re talking about the wafting odor that even humans pick up, whether you’re shopping at the grocery store, going into a job interview, or paying your bills. You want a hidden stash box that either contains the smell, hides the smell or both.
    • Ease Of Use - If you can’t get into your stash, then it isn’t much of a stash, is it? If you need to hide your smoke, it’s probably going to be somewhere no one will accidentally reach for it, but you need to be able to discreetly load your pipe when you want to.
    • Capacity - Only you know how much you need to carry with you. The more you have to carry, the harder it is to hide, but on the other hand, if you can’t carry enough smoking material to take care of your needs, it isn’t serving its purpose.

    A man with a skateboard sitting on the pavement, generously offering a smoke

    Our Favorite Hidden Stash Box Solutions

    First, our favorite way to keep your smoking kit hidden is to choose an all-in-one smoking kit that is easy to hide. Our 2-inch Smokit is about the size of a pack of gum, and easily fits in pockets, purses, backpacks, fanny packs, and laptop bags. It causes almost no bulk to show through everyday clothing, and the silicone container keeps your smoking material’s smell neatly contained until you’re ready to grind and get a hit.

    If you need more smoking material on you than your Smokit’s storage area will hold, our Storage Soles are the perfect hidden stash box. They’re easily trimmed to fit up to a size 12 shoe, and the container holds plenty of material to get you by. Just find some privacy, slide your shoe off, and transfer what you need to your smokit, then you’re back in business and ready for your next smoking session.

    When used together, these two items give you everything you need to take your smoke on the road. With the Smokit, you have an easily hidden container, grinder, and pipe so that your next smoke break can be wherever your adventures take you. The compartment in our soles carry enough material for longer trips away from your main stash, but are easily worn in a variety of shoes where they won’t draw attention and the smell is not likely to escape. When you need a low profile way to make sure you always have a hit when you need one, it’s a combo that can’t be beat.

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    When you want innovative smoking accessories that help you smoke on your terms, you know who to trust. Contact us online or call our customer service department at (954) 790-9393 if you need additional information about any of our products. Order your hidden stash box or smoking kit from Smokit today.

    The One-Hitter | Why You Need One

    The One-Hitter | Why You Need One

    You may think you’ve perfected your smoking experience, but there are a number of game-changing products and accessories on the market that you may not even be aware of. Case in point: the one-hitter. If you’re still rolling joints the old-fashioned away, you may be missing out on the cleanest, easiest, and most precise way to smoke.

    What Is a One-Hitter?

    A one-hitter is a small glass or metal pipe that literally holds one hit, hence the name. Just pack it tightly with your favorite smoking material, light the end, and you’re ready to enjoy a quick, discreet smoke at home or on the go. Depending on the type, it may be made of clear glass or designed to mimic the look of a traditional cigarette for total discretion.

    One-hitters are often sold as part of a dugout, a compact smoking kit (no bigger than a deck of cards) that allows you to grind, collect, and pack your favorite strain in a matter of seconds. The All In One Smokit 2 Inch is a premium example of a dugout that contains a glass one-hitter pipe, scooping tool, and grinder card. The dugout is small, discreet, and designed for minimal cleanup. It lets you carry all your supplies in your pocket without making a mess.

    Using a One-Hitter

    Using a one-hitter is easy. If you have the complete dugout, just use the card to grind your favorite smoking product into the storage receptacle. Then close the door and slide your one-hitter into the corresponding opening where the smoking product is stored. Twist the one-hitter as you insert it, as this will enable you to pack the product. Then release and enjoy. Before packing the one-hitter again, use the provided scooper to de-clog the pipe. Using a one-hitter can take a bit of practice, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

    Why You Need the One Hitter

    When shopping for smoking accessories, you’ll notice that some dugouts come with a one-hitter while others come with a multi-hitter. Both of these tools have their advantages. For instance:

    • They don’t have the shape or appearance of traditional rolled joints and are therefore more discreet when used in the presence of others.
    • You can carry them in your pocket without making a mess or emitting unwanted odors that might attract attention.
    • They’re quicker and easier to pack than other types of cigarettes, no rolling papers required. You save both time and money.
    • Cleanup is quick and simple. Just de-clog the pipe using your scooper tool, empty out the storage compartment, and occasionally give the parts a quick cleaning.
    • The glass cylinder protects your fingers from direct heat exposure. You don’t have to worry about getting burned or even getting your hands dirty.

    If you’re currently a multi-hitter user, or if you’re still rolling your own cigarettes the old-fashioned way, there are a few good reasons to add a one-hitter to your arsenal.

    1. It’s Extremely Compact

    The one-hitter is among the smallest pipes available. It fits conveniently into pockets and purse compartments, and it doesn’t attract a lot of attention. When discretion is essential, one-hitters offer a distinct advantage.

    2. It Provides Precise Dosing

    When using a multi-hitter, you have to do your best to estimate how much product you’re actually getting with each use. One-hitters are far more precise. You know that you’re getting one hit, so you can more accurately estimate your THC content or general consumption.

    3. It Helps You Avoid Overindulging

    If your goal at any particular time is to just take a drag, a one-hitter is your best friend. When you have multiple hits at your disposal, it’s easy to just keep going—especially after you’ve enjoyed that first euphoric sensation. With a one-hitter, it’s a little easier to stay disciplined when you’re trying to regulate your usage.

    4. It Makes Microdosing a Breeze

    If you’re smoking for medicinal reasons or looking to minimize your usage, using a one-hitter makes things incredibly easy. Because everyone’s tolerance is different and not every user is looking for a psychoactive experience, microdosing is the preferred approach for many users. With a one-hitter, you can ensure that you’re only getting 2 to 5 mg of THC per use, thereby receiving the benefits without any unwanted after-effects.

    Why the One-Hitter Is an Underrated Tool

    Close-up of one-hitter pipe and smoking dugout

    In the world of smoking accessories, the trends typically skew toward “bigger.” In other words, how can we get the most mileage, the most powerful impact, and the longest-lasting effect? That attitude is understandable (and often even necessary), but sometimes less is more. We’re not always looking to empty our stash. Sometimes we just need that quick pick-me-up, and that’s where the one-hitter really shines. When you have both a one-hitter and a multi-hitter at your disposal, you can customize your experience for whatever the occasion requires.

    Order a One-Hitter

    If you’d like to experience the benefits for yourself, we invite you to check out Smokit’s full selection of smoking kits and smoking accessories. We carry some of the most cutting-edge and user-friendly smoking products on the market, and that’s why they’re trusted by icons like Tommy Chong. All orders over $19.99 qualify for free shipping, and best of all, these products are made in the USA.

    If you already have a dugout that you’re fond of, be sure to browse our selection of one-hitters and multi-hitters. They’re compact enough to fit into most dugouts, and they’re made with premium materials so you always get the most from your smoking experience. We also carry replacement grinder cards, portable bowls, and other premium accessories to make your life easier.

    Don’t limit yourself when it comes to smoking. Discover for yourself why using a one-hitter is the way to go.

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