How to Get Tar Out of a Pipe

Tar builds up in a smoking pipe after extended use and this tar can impede the pipe's function if it is not regularly removed.

Tar is a side effect of regular pipe use.Tar is a side effect of regular pipe use.
Tar's stickiness makes it more challenging to take off than ash and diligence is needed to avoid damaging the pipe in the cleaning process. Getting tar out of a pipe requires the right materials to do the job efficiently.

Disassemble your pipe if the specific type allows you to do so.

Shake the pipe pieces out to remove any ash and other loose debris. This makes it simpler to focus on the tar buildup.

Soak a pipe cleaner in rubbing alcohol and use it to scrub out the inside of the pipe components. Glass pipes can be immersed in rubbing alcohol but this will damage the components of a wooden pipe.

Spit on any stubborn tar stains and apply a toothbrush to the stains. Saliva helps break up tar and the brush friction combined with the spit will help keep your pipe clean.

Things You Will Need

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Toothbrush

About the Author

Michael Davidson started writing screenplays in 2003 and has had a screenplay professionally produced. He has also studied martial arts since 1990 and has worked as a licensed security specialist. Davidson has written articles for various websites. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising.