Tips for using ROOTS Eco Tonic

On our label, you will find directions on how to use ROOTS Eco Tonic to clean tar from your dirty smoking utensils and resin from processing equipment or grinders. Given obvious space limitations on our labels, we could not get into much detail on exactly what we would suggest you do to get the most effective cleaning using our product.

Here are some tips that will do exactly that – we have yet to meet a piece that ROOTS could not get clean. Here’s what we suggest:

1) Warm the affected piece somehow before cleaning.

Whether running it under warm/hot tap water for a few seconds or dry hitting it to heat the bowl up a bit. I know dry-hitting a dirty bowl is about as much fun as drinking 2 day old coffee but it does help, I promise.

2) Use a baggie.

We ship our bottles in a nice thick plastic bag for a couple reasons.

One, it ensures any leaks due to damage in shipping is contained. And two, it provides a bag for you to use to clean your piece assuming it fits inside the bag.

We have seen people use tupperware or, if you can believe it, just hold their pipe over a sink and pour ROOTS over it. Being able to save that product for further use increases your cleanings per bottle! Using a baggie allows you to save our product for multiple applications easier than most other techniques.

3) Agitation is key.

While ROOTS works to remove tar & resin just fine if you let it sit & soak, it does aid in how fast you can clean if you shake the bag or container you are using so as to create a mechanical action in addition to the chemical action of ROOTS.

Some have found adding regular table salt (just a tablespoon or two) also helps a good bit on the more stubborn deposits – at the bottom of the bowl where fire hits often is usually the worst of it.

Isn’t that hand model AMAZING? 😉

4) Don’t skimp on the rinse.

When you use ROOTS and take the piece out for the first rinse, don’t be afraid to rinse that thing until you’re sure no more debris is coming out. Also, the hotter the tap water you can get the better. Obviously we don’t want anyone scalding themselves but warmer the water in the rinse step, the better.

It’s like cooking popcorn…you don’t open that microwave door if you’re still hearing pops so don’t stop rinsing after that first application of ROOTS if you’re still seeing deposits come loose. The goal is to get ROOTS to the surface whether that surface be glass, metal/titanium, ceramic or polished stone. ROOTS works to pop deposits off & the more surface it can reach, the more deposits will ‘pop’!

I just can’t get over how awesome that hand model is. He is obviously a very cool person.

5) After rinse, let water drip off as much as possible.

After your rinse & before you put the piece back in ROOTS or go to reapply ROOTS, try to get as much water from the piece as you can.

Chemically speaking, water beats ROOTS and if you introduce water to ROOTS in a bag or tupperware or whatever you are using to apply ROOTS to that piece, the residual water will break the emulsion of our product if enough water gets in there.

You will see this as a clouding effect with perhaps some soap-like bubbles upon shaking. The product will still work but the more water, the more it breaks down the product, the less effective it will be.

This is why it is not suggested to reuse ROOTS…you can clean multiple pieces but pouring used ROOTS into unused ROOTS will certainly introduce water to the virgin product & you don’t want that.

6) Send in your before & after for a BIG DISCOUNT on your next purchase!

Take a picture of your piece before you start to clean and another in the same spot when it’s clean. Send those pictures to ‘’ and we’ll reply back with a coupon code that will save you 20% off your next purchase!