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
The first thing you need to do is to take apart your bong as much as possible. Remove all the removable pieces, such as the mouthpiece, the pipe, the bowl, and the downstem. Check for any damage, such as cracks or chips, and replace any broken parts before using your bong again. Rinse all the pieces with warm water to get rid of any loose debris.
Step 2: Add an Abrasive and a Cleaner to Your Bong
Next, you need to add something abrasive and something cleaner to the base of your bong. The abrasive will help scrub away the sticky resin and tar that builds up inside your bong over time. The cleaner will help dissolve and sanitize any remaining dirt and germs. 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.
Fill the base of your bong with enough warm water to cover the bottom. Then add about a tablespoon of your chosen abrasive and a few drops of your chosen cleaner. Alternatively, you can use a ready-made cleaning solution specifically designed for bongs, such as Formula 420 or Aqua Glass Works Cleaner. In that case, skip the abrasive and follow the instructions on the bottle.
Step 3: Plug the Holes and Shake It Up
Now comes the fun part. You need to plug or block all the open holes of your bong so that the cleaning mixture doesn’t spill out when you shake it. You can use your hands, fingers, and thumbs for this, or you can use rubber stoppers, corks, plastic wrap, or duct tape. Whatever you use, make sure it creates a tight seal.
Once everything is plugged up, shake your bong vigorously for about five minutes. This will help the abrasive and cleaner work their magic on the inside of your bong. You should see the water turn brown and murky as it loosens up all the gunk.
Step 4: Rinse and Repeat
After shaking your bong well, it’s time to rinse it out with clean water. Pour out the dirty water into a sink or a bucket and rinse your bong thoroughly with warm water. Make sure you get rid of all the traces of salt, alcohol, vinegar, or soap from your bong.
If your bong is still dirty after rinsing it, repeat the cleaning process as many times as necessary until it’s sparkling clean. You can also use some cotton swabs, pipe cleaners, bottle brushes, paper towels, dry cloths, or earbuds to reach into any hard-to-clean areas and remove any stubborn stains.
Step 5: Give Your Bong a Nice Shine
The final step is to give your bong a nice shine and get rid of any water marks or odors. For this, you can use some lemon juice or white vinegar as a natural deodorizer and polish. Soak your bong for about 10 to 15 minutes in warm water mixed with half a lemon’s worth of juice or half a cup of vinegar.
Then dry your bong thoroughly with a soft cloth or paper towel. You can also leave it in a sunny spot to air dry completely. And voila! Your bong is now clean and ready for another session of smooth and tasty smoking.
Cleaning your bong regularly is not only good for your health, but also for your enjoyment of smoking herb or tobacco. You don’t need to spend a lot of money or time to do it. You can use some simple household items that you probably have lying around. Just follow these easy steps and you’ll have a clean and fresh bong in no time.
Remember to always rinse your bong with warm water after each use and empty the old water. This will help prevent the buildup of resin, mold, and bacteria. Ideally, you should clean your bong at least once a week, or more often if you smoke frequently. A clean bong is a happy bong, and a happy bong makes a happy smoker.