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How To Clean Your Bong!

by Tokeplanet Staff 09 Aug 2022
How To Clean Your Bong!

Table Of Contents

  • Signs Your Bongs Needs Cleaning
  • How Often Should You Clean A Bong
  • How To Clean A Thick Glass Bongs
  • Other Techniques Of Cleaning A Bong
  • Cleaning Other Types Of Bongs
  • How To Remove Bong Stains
  • Cleaning Hacks For a Sparkling Bong

Marijuana is being decriminalized and legalized in more and more states, allowing Americans to enjoy an unfurled smoking session. Regular bong maintenance is the key to keeping your weed flavorful whether you are a seasoned or a novice bong smoker. The last thing you would want is for your artful glass accouterment to stink or accumulate grime. Like a water filter, the bong water also collects gnarly stuff on the biofilm with prolonged usage. This can cause you to cough more than needed and even trigger lung troubles. Herein lies the importance of keeping your bong sparkling clean to make your smoke sessions more enjoyable and the cannabis taste its best. 

Signs Your Bong Needs Cleaning

  • Heavy resin buildup
  • Slimy film on the inside of the bong
  • Black or white specks along the wall
  • Extremely smelly bong water
  • Gray or white mold fuzz on resin buildup
  • Discolored bong water


How Often Should You Clean A Bong?


The cleaning propensity holds a directly proportional relationship with your usage metrics. However, it is recommended to thoroughly clean your bong 2-3 times a week if you use it daily. Otherwise, you can clean it after every three uses if you are a sporadic smoker. Bong connoisseurs dump the water after using it every single time and clean it. 

It is also advisable to clean your bong immediately if you notice stains, resin build-up, debris, or dirt. The same also holds if you find dark marks on the percolator, the bong develops a pungent odor or if the water becomes murky. The next time you see rings forming around your bong’s waterline or when there are little floaters of resin, weed, or residue after pouring purified water into your bong, you can follow our tutorial on giving your bong a thorough clean. These particles join hands with mildew and bacteria to create a bad bong smell. 


How To Clean A Glass Bong?

Bongs are usually made of glass and so we will start our discussion with a homemade cleaning method for glass bongs. It is advisable to use a strong alcoholic cleaner like acetone or isopropyl alcohol for cleaning your glass bong. This is excellent for disinfecting the bong and removing stains. Among both the choices, isopropyl alcohol is better as acetone can induce a weird taste to your next smoking session and you will have to rinse the bong thoroughly to get rid of the same, thus adding to your cleaning chores. 


Things Needed


  • Acetone or 91% isopropyl alcohol
  • 3-4 rubber bands
  • Epsom salt (only if using 91% isopropyl alcohol)
  • Sink or basin
  • Cling wrap
  • Dish soap
  • Two microfiber cloths
  • Ziploc bags
  • Gloves (optional)


Difficulty Level: Easy


Time: 30 minutes




  • Disassemble The Bong


Remove the accessories, bowl, and mouthpiece of your bong and place them in a Ziploc bag separately for being cleaned later on. Throw away the dirty water and wash your bong with fresh water before moving on to the next step.


  • Fill In Cleaner


Now fill in acetone or alcohol and salt in the bong. You should leave a little space at the top while filling the bong with your cleaning solution. If you are using alcohol for cleaning, then you can pair it up with three tablespoons of Epsom salt. The cleaning solutions will sanitize the bong by removing the sticky resin. The abrasive and coarse nature of the salt will help remove the debris. For bongs with a percolator, you can put the solution directly through the downstream hole so that it reaches the bottom of the bong. 


  • Keep The Holes Covered


You can wrap the top of the bong with a cling film and seal it with rubber bands. If possible, you should also cover the other hole using the same items. Otherwise, you can use your hands after wearing gloves.


  • Shake Up The Cleanser

Once you have covered up the holes, vigorously shake your bong for a few minutes so that the alcohol and salt combine well. Doing this will initiate the process of removing dirt, debris, and resin making the water look filthy. After you have shaken the bong for a few minutes you should allow a resting time of 10 minutes for the cleaning solution.


  • Clean Up The Accessories


Now you will have to add half a cup of acetone or isopropyl alcohol to each Ziploc bag and shake them well for two minutes. In the case of alcohol, you will also have to add one tablespoon of Epsom salt. You need to offer a resting time of ten minutes so that the accessories can soak properly in it.


  • Properly Clean The Bong


Throw away the cleaning solution and dirty water before soaking the bong in fresh water in your basin or sink and rinsing it well. The same process shall also have to be followed in the case of accessories.


  • Clean The Bong’s Exterior


Use a bit of dish soap and water to wipe clean the bong exterior before drying it with another cloth.


  • Reassemble The Bong


Assemble all the bong pieces and let them air dry. 


Other Techniques Of Cleaning A Bong


While the above-mentioned method is extremely effective in cleaning your beaker bongs, you can also consider the alternative methods listed below:


  • With Baking Soda and Vinegar


For a DIY eco-friendly bong cleaner, you can swap acetone or isopropyl alcohol with ½ cup of baking soda followed by adequate apple cider vinegar or distilled white vinegar to fill up the chamber. It might cause a bit of fizzing but this is a sign that the solution is doing its job properly. This method might not yield great results in disinfecting and removing stains but is perfect for regular cleaning. 


  • With Boiling Water


This method involves a drastic temperature change which causes cracks in your glass bong. Nonetheless, if you wish to try out this technique, then simply follow the steps listed below:

  • Remove all accessories and place your bong inside a stockpot. Put a canning rack below so that the bong doesn’t come in direct contact with the pot. Doing otherwise can cause the bong to break or get scratched.
  • Immerse the bong in cool water by filling it directly into the stock pot. You should make sure that the water gets into the chamber. 
  • Now turn on the burner at low heat so that the bong doesn’t crack. Bring the water to a simmer and let it rest for half an hour before removing the bong and setting it aside to cool down.
  • After your bong has cooled properly, clean it using warm water. 


  • With Rice


This method replaces alcohol and salt with warm water, ¼ cup of rice, and a few drops of dish soap. You should mix up the ingredients well to get the desired outcome. Rice does wonders in removing sticky build-up, resin, and debris. 


Cleaning Other Types Of Bongs


Other than glass, you might have an acrylic, latex, or silicone bong. In such cases, you can follow the tips listed below to clean your smoking accessory properly. 


  • Silicone Bongs


It is the easiest to clean these types of Silicone bongs. All you need to be wary of is avoiding abrasive cleaners like rice, baking soda, or salt. Rather you can pop the whole thing in the dishwasher so that you can save time and clean more often. However, you should take the parts apart before placing them in the dishwasher. Glass portions should be cleaned separately with soapy water. If you don’t have a dishwasher, then you can clean your bong with soapy water like your normal dishes. It is advisable to use a large straw brush to scrub away dirt and debris from the corners of the chamber. Finally, you should rinse the bong thoroughly and let it air dry. 


  • Acrylic Or Latex Bongs


All types of cleaning solutions should be avoided with acrylic or latex bongs. Materials like dish soap and alcohol can damage your bong. Rather, you should fill hot water inside the bong chamber and clean it using a large straw brush. Keep rinsing the chamber until the water runs clear. 


How To Remove Bong Stains?


Your bong might get stained if you haven’t cleaned it in a while. This is caused by the minerals and calcium present in hard water which leaves back unsightly deposits. You can follow the below-mentioned steps to remove the stains:


  • Dismantle the bowl, mouthpiece, and other accessories of the bong.
  • Place them in Ziploc bags containing isopropyl alcohol and salt and let them soak for 10 minutes.
  • Now soak the bong in a tub of warm water with a squirt of dish soap for two hours.
  • Once you have soaked the accessories for 1- minute, remove them by wearing gloves and scrub them using a pipe cleaner or cotton swab. Doing this will remove stains. The presence of alcohol helps loosen stains so that you don’t have to give in much effort to make your bong stain-free.
  • As the stains loosen and become ready for removal after soaking the bong for a couple of hours, you need to empty the bong and fill it with warm water mixed with lemon juice. Swish around the solution for a few minutes to remove the hard water stains caused by the soaking process.
  • Finally, you will have to rinse all the accessories along with the bong in cool water. 


Cleaning Hacks For a Sparkling Bong


Imagine you have some friends over for a smoking session, but you find your bong filled with dirt and grime. The last thing you will need is to stall your enjoyment session by half an hour’s cleaning process. Maintaining your bong is extremely beneficial in catering to its hygiene needs which are required if you plan on sharing it. We have collated some tips which can help keep your bong clean:


  • Always use filtered water if you reside in a hard water region. Doing otherwise can cause mineral deposits in your bong. Using filtered water can prevent the buildup of hard-water stains.
  • After each cleaning session discard the dirty water immediately. Letting the water sit can cause stains and residue. If possible, make sure to rinse the bong thoroughly following each use.
  • Keeping your bong under direct sunlight for too long can lead to the growth of algae and bacteria in the water. 
  • If you are continuously using the bong, change the water daily. Otherwise, your bong might develop mold which is both unhealthy for your lungs and unsightly for the bong’s aesthetic appeal.
  • When the bong is not in use, store it neatly in a bag or case. This is extremely important if you are using a glass bong as proper storage reduces the chances of breakage.
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