MONSTERS OF SMOKE Bongs How to Clean a Bong: A Proven Method

How to Clean a Bong: A Proven Method


A bong is a popular device for smoking herb or tobacco, using water to cool and filter the smoke. However, over time, the bong can get dirty and clogged with resin, ash and bacteria, affecting the taste and quality of your smoke. That’s why it’s important to clean your bong regularly and thoroughly, using some simple household items and a proven method.

In this blog post, we will show you how to clean a bong in three easy steps, using coarse salt and rubbing alcohol as the main ingredients. We will also give you some tips on how to maintain your bong and prevent it from getting too dirty in the first place. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Disassemble and Rinse Your Bong

The first step is to take apart your bong and rinse it with warm water. Remove all the removable parts, such as the bowl, the downstem, the mouthpiece and any other accessories. Check for any damage or cracks on your bong and replace any broken pieces before using it again.

Then, empty out the old water from your bong and give it a good rinse with warm water to remove any loose particles and debris. You can also use a small brush or a pipe cleaner to scrub away any stubborn resin from the inside of your bong. Fill the bong partway with warm water and set it aside.

Step 2: Add Salt and Alcohol to Your Bong

The next step is to add an abrasive and a cleaner to your bong to dissolve and remove the resin buildup. The best combination for this is coarse salt and rubbing alcohol, preferably 99% isopropyl alcohol. You can also use vinegar, rice or baking soda as alternatives.

Pour about half a cup of salt into your bong, followed by enough alcohol to cover the salt. You can also add some salt and alcohol to a zipper bag and put the smaller parts of your bong inside, such as the bowl and the downstem. Make sure to seal the bag tightly.

Step 3: Shake It Up and Rinse It Out

The final step is to shake up your bong and let the salt and alcohol solution work its magic. Plug or cover the openings of your bong with your hands, fingers or thumbs, or use rubber stoppers or bong plugs if you have them. Then, shake your bong vigorously for about five minutes, making sure that the solution reaches every corner of your bong.

After shaking, empty the solution into a sink or a trash can and rinse out your bong thoroughly with clean water. You can also use some dish soap and warm water to wash away any remaining residue or odor from your bong. Repeat the process as many times as needed until your bong is sparkling clean.

Tips for Maintaining Your Bong

Cleaning your bong regularly will ensure that you get the best possible smoking experience every time. However, there are also some things you can do to prevent your bong from getting too dirty in the first place. Here are some tips:

  • Change the water in your bong after every use. Stagnant water can harbor bacteria, fungi and other harmful microorganisms that can affect your health and the taste of your smoke.
  • Use filtered or distilled water instead of tap water. Tap water can contain minerals, chlorine and other impurities that can leave stains on your bong or alter its pH level.
  • Avoid smoking resin or reclaim from your bong. Resin is the sticky substance that accumulates on your bowl and downstem after smoking herb or tobacco. Reclaim is the oily substance that collects on your dab rig after smoking concentrates. Both are very hard to clean and can clog up your bong.
  • Store your bong in a cool, dry and dark place when not in use. Exposure to heat, moisture and sunlight can damage your bong or cause mold growth.
  • Clean your bong at least once a week or more often if you smoke frequently. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to clean your bong.


Cleaning your bong is not only good for hygiene but also for enhancing your smoking experience. By following these simple steps, you can keep your bong in tip-top shape and enjoy smooth, flavorful and potent hits every time. All you need is some coarse salt, rubbing alcohol and a little elbow grease. Happy smoking!


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