How to Clean a Bong with Hot Water and Salt
If you enjoy smoking herb or tobacco from a bong, you know how important it is to keep it clean and fresh. A dirty bong can ruin the taste of your smoke, expose you to harmful bacteria and mold, and damage your glass over time. Fortunately, cleaning a bong is not a difficult task, and you can do it with some simple household items: hot water and salt. In this blog post, we will show you how to clean a bong with hot water and salt in a few easy steps.
Step 1: Empty and Rinse Your Bong
The first thing you need to do is to empty your bong of any old water and spent herb. Pour out the water and tap out the herb from the bowl and downstem. Then, rinse your bong with warm water to get rid of any loose particles and debris. You can also use a pipe cleaner or a cotton swab to gently scrub the inside of the bowl and downstem.
Step 2: Disassemble Your Bong
Next, you need to take apart your bong so that you can clean each piece separately. Remove the bowl and downstem from the base of the bong and set them aside. If your bong has any other removable parts, such as a percolator or an ice catcher, take them out as well. As you disassemble your bong, check for any cracks or chips in the glass. If you find any damage, you should replace the broken piece before using your bong again.
Step 3: Add Salt and Hot Water to Your Bong
Now, you need to add an abrasive and a solvent to your bong base to help dissolve the sticky resin that builds up on the glass. The abrasive will scrub away the resin, while the solvent will loosen it and make it easier to rinse off. For this method, we will use salt as the abrasive and hot water as the solvent. You can use any kind of salt, but coarse salt works best because it has more surface area and friction. You can also use baking soda or rice as alternatives.
To add salt and hot water to your bong, follow these steps:
- Pour three or more tablespoons of salt into the bong through the mouthpiece. The amount of salt you need depends on the size of your bong and how dirty it is.
- Fill your bong with hot water until it reaches just below the shaft line. Be careful not to burn yourself with the hot water. You can also boil some water in a kettle or a pot and pour it into the bong carefully.
- Cover the mouthpiece and the joint of the bong with your hands or some plastic wrap. You can also use rubber stoppers or corks to plug the holes.
Step 4: Shake Your Bong
The next step is to shake your bong vigorously for about five minutes. This will create a swirling motion that will mix the salt and hot water together and make them scrub against the glass walls. The salt will act as an abrasive that will scrape off the resin, while the hot water will act as a solvent that will dissolve it and make it easier to wash off.
As you shake your bong, make sure to hold it firmly and keep the holes covered. You don’t want to spill any of the dirty water or hurt yourself with the hot glass. You can also tilt your bong in different directions to reach all areas inside.
Step 5: Rinse Your Bong
After shaking your bong for five minutes, you need to rinse it thoroughly with clean water. Pour out the dirty water from the bong into a sink or a bucket. Then, rinse your bong with warm water until all traces of salt and resin are gone. You can also use a pipe cleaner or a cotton swab to wipe away any stubborn spots.
Step 6: Repeat with Other Pieces
You’re not done yet! You still need to clean the other pieces of your bong, such as the bowl, downstem, percolator, etc. To do this, follow these steps:
- Place each piece in a ziplock bag or a small container.
- Add some salt and hot water to each bag or container.
- Shake each bag or container for five minutes.
- Rinse each piece with warm water.
Step 7: Dry and Reassemble Your Bong
The final step is to dry and reassemble your bong. Use a paper towel or a cloth to dry each piece of your bong. Make sure there is no moisture left inside the bong or the pieces. Then, put your bong back together and enjoy a fresh and clean smoke.
Cleaning a bong with hot water and salt is a simple and effective way to keep your bong in good shape. By following these steps, you can remove the resin, bacteria, and mold from your bong and improve the taste and quality of your smoke. You should clean your bong regularly, at least once a week, and change the water after every use. This will prevent your bong from getting too dirty and make the cleaning process easier.
We hope this blog post has been helpful and informative. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below. Happy smoking!