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, harbor bacteria and mold, and even cause respiratory infections. Fortunately, you don’t need to buy expensive or specialized products to clean your bong. You can use some common household items that you probably already have in your kitchen or bathroom. Here are some easy steps to clean your bong with household items.
What You’ll Need
- A bong
- Warm water
- Coarse salt, rice, or baking soda
- Isopropyl alcohol, vinegar, or dish soap
- Cotton swabs, pipe cleaners, bottle brushes, paper towels, dry cloths, or earbuds
- Lemon juice or white vinegar (optional)
Step 1: Disassemble Your Bong
Take apart your bong and remove all the removable pieces, such as the mouthpiece, the pipe, the bowl, and the downstem. Check for any damage or cracks and replace any broken parts before using your bong again. Empty out any old water and herb residue and rinse the bong and its parts with warm water to get rid of any loose particles.
Step 2: Add an Abrasive and a Cleaner to Your Bong
Fill the base of your bong with some warm water and add an abrasive and a cleaner. The abrasive will help scrub away any stubborn stains and residue, while the cleaner will help dissolve and disinfect your bong. You can use coarse salt, rice, or baking soda as an abrasive, and isopropyl alcohol, vinegar, or dish soap as a cleaner. The stronger the alcohol or vinegar, the better. Use enough abrasive and cleaner to cover the inside of your bong.
Step 3: Plug the Holes and Shake It Up
Use your hands, fingers, thumbs, or some plastic wrap to plug or block the open holes of your bong. This will prevent the abrasive and cleaner from spilling out and making a mess. Shake your bong vigorously for about five minutes, making sure that the solution reaches every part of your bong. You should see the water turning brown or yellow as it removes the dirt from your bong.
Step 4: Rinse and Repeat
Pour out the dirty solution into a sink and rinse your bong thoroughly with clean water. Repeat the cleaning process as many times as you need to until your bong is sparkling clean. You can also use a cotton swab, a pipe cleaner, a bottle brush, a paper towel, a dry cloth, or an earbud to remove any remaining residue from the hard-to-reach areas of your bong.
Step 5: Give Your Bong a Nice Shine
If you want to make your bong look even more shiny and polished, you can use some lemon juice or white vinegar as a final rinse. These natural acids will help remove any water marks or stains from your glass. Soak your bong for 10-15 minutes in warm water mixed with half a lemon’s worth of juice or half a cup of white vinegar. Then dry your bong thoroughly with a soft cloth.
Step 6: Enjoy Your Clean Bong
Congratulations! You have successfully cleaned your bong with household items. Now you can enjoy a smooth and flavorful smoke from your fresh and sanitary bong. Remember to clean your bong regularly to prevent any buildup of dirt and bacteria. A good rule of thumb is to clean your bong after every few sessions or at least once a week.