Talking with a local smoke shop owner, I brought up the point that I have a couple of estate pipes with an aweful mildew smell to them. The smell seemed to not only infect the pipe, but the leather case they came in. Probably that’s backwards, since leather is more of a breeding ground for mildew.
Anyway, the owner told me I could buy some pipe cleaner, which would get rid of the smell, while sanitizing and conditioning the pipe. OR, I could just use mouthwash. By shaking the mouthwash around the bowl, it kills the mildew and sanitizes just like the pipe cleansing liquid would do. Definitely costs a lot less, lol.
I’ll soon find out how well it works. I only did this to one pipe. Being that one is my Rolex briar and the other is a meerschaum, I didn’t want to take the chance with the meerschaum right away. I can say, it already smells much better. I did get a lot of muck out of the pipe from scraping the excessive cake off and rinsing it with the mouthwash.
If anyone tries this and it is successful, please let me know. I will also post my findings when I try to smoke that pipe for the first time. I hear that doing this will sweeten the pipe, so this should prove to be rather interesting.