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How to Clean A Bong? Step by Step Guide

how to clean a bong

If bongs are not properly maintained or cleaned, they can release unpleasant odors.

Keeping your bong clean and sanitary is important to ensure water quality and avoid odors.

Keeping them clean will ensure that your marijuana stays tasting its best.

Why is cleaning bong especially critical?

It's not just about giving your bong a new look and making it easier to enjoy smoking.

More than that, it has a profound effect on your health.

Because the inside of a bong is damp and prone to dirt accumulation, fungus, and mold tend to thrive there. Everything we smoke goes into our bodies.

Bacteria, mold, fungi, and viruses can grow quickly inside your bong overnight and cause respiratory issues.

Why is cleaning bong especially critical

What to use to clean a bong

Before cleaning your bong, gather the following materials:

prepare something to clean my bong

1.Plastic bag

Use a plastic bag that is spacious enough to fully enclose your bong.

A bag with a zipper seal is a better option to avoid any spills.


Use coarse salt (such as sea salt or rock salt) for better cleaning power.    The rough surface of coarse salt helps to reduce the amount of effort needed to remove leftover residue. However, any type of salt will work as a substitute.

3.99% isopropyl alcohol

It is recommended to use 99% pure isopropyl alcohol for its strong cleaning power.

Lower concentrations of alcohol may put some bacteria into a dormant state if not used for an extended.

4.Pointed cotton swabs

Cotton swabs are an effective tool to clean every nook and cranny of your smoking bong.

While pointed cotton swabs are more effective, regular cotton swabs will also suffice.

5.Bottle cleaner or pipe cleaner (optional)

These tools can make cleaning easier, but if you don't have them, you can still clean your smoking bong without them.

6.Dish soap

Any standard dish soap can be effective in cleaning your smoking bong. 

7.Household sponge

8.Cleaning gloves

Always use cleaning gloves when cleaning your bong. Gloves protect your hands from irritation when handling cleaning solutions and scrubbing bong components.

Pro Cleaning Tips

Pro Cleaning Tips

Step 1: Disassemble and rinse

Disassemble your bong. Take it apart to clean the parts. 

pour out the existing bong water and rinse it with hot water. 

let the hot water run through the parts and any holes in the bong.

Step 2: Remove all removable parts (such as the mouthpiece)into a separate plastic bag.

Pour about a tablespoon of coarse salt into the bag and add rubbing alcohol until the bowl and downstem are fully submerged.

Step 3: Pour the salt and isopropyl alcohol into the bong through thehole.

Pour coarse salt into the empty bong, fill it halfway with isopropyl alcohol, and let it sit for around 30 minutes.

The isopropyl alcohol acts as a disinfectant to cut through the oils in the residual sticky resin, and the salt acts as an abrasive.

pour the cleaner into the bong

Step 4: Shake the bong vigorously for about five minutes

seal or plug the opening of the bong tightly with the palm of your hand, fingers, and thumb to allow as much of the solution as possible to work its way through the inside of the bong.

Keep shaking bong for  five minutes

Step 5: Let your bong soak completely

After shaking your bong, soak it for about 10 or 15 minutes, then shake it thoroughly for about 30 seconds. Clean the bong with dish soap and sponge.

Step 6: clean the bong with a bottle brush, pipe cleaner, or cotton swab.

Take a bottle brush or pipe cleaners to scrub the inside of the bong.

Use a tool such as a bottle brush or cotton swab to scrub away stubborn residue from bongs and bong chips. 

Use a brush to scrub away stubborn residue from bongs

Step 7: Rinse the bong with hot water

Rinse bong, downstem, and bowl with hot water.

Before reassembling, thoroughly rinse each part to ensure no alcohol residue remains.

Rinse the bong with hot water

Step 8: Wipe the bong with a clean sponge and detergent

After rinsing the bong, you need to use a sponge and detergent to remove residual grease to protect your health.

dry out glass bong

Is there another way to clean a Bong?

Absolutely! If you don't have isopropyl alcohol and salt at home, you can use white vinegar and rice to clean your bong.

With this cleaning method, vinegar replaces isopropyl alcohol and rice replaces salt as the abrasive material.

However, this method is only suitable for lightly contaminated bongs, and vinegar is significantly less effective at removing dirt than topical alcohol,making it much less effective than alcohol and salt.

In any case, you can follow the same steps with white vinegar and rice as you would with isopropyl alcohol and salt, and for particularly dirty bongs, consider adding a few drops of dishwashing liquid to the mixture.