MONSTERS OF SMOKE Bongs How Often Should You Clean Your Bong?

How Often Should You Clean Your Bong?

If you enjoy smoking herb or tobacco from a bong, you probably know how important it is to keep it clean and fresh. A dirty bong can ruin the taste and quality of your smoke, as well as pose health risks from bacteria, mold, and toxins. But how often should you clean your bong? And what are the best ways to do it? In this blog post, we will answer these questions and give you some tips on how to properly clean any type of bong.

Why You Need to Clean Your Bong

There are several reasons why you should clean your bong regularly, such as:

  • Improving the flavor and smoothness of your smoke. A clean bong will deliver a pure and pleasant smoke that is not tainted by old resin, tar, or ash. A dirty bong will produce a harsh and bitter smoke that can irritate your throat and lungs.
  • Preventing the growth of harmful microorganisms. A dirty bong can become a breeding ground for bacteria, fungi, yeasts, and other pathogens that can cause infections and illnesses. These microorganisms can form a biofilm on the surface of the water and the glass, which can be inhaled when you smoke. Some of the symptoms of smoking from a dirty bong include coughing, wheezing, sore throat, fever, and nausea.
  • Reducing the risk of toxic exposure. A dirty bong can also contain traces of pesticides, heavy metals, or other contaminants that may have been present in your herb or tobacco. These substances can accumulate in the water and the resin over time, and can be harmful to your health when ingested or inhaled.
  • Extending the lifespan of your bong. A clean bong will last longer and function better than a dirty one. A dirty bong can develop cracks, leaks, clogs, or stains that can affect its performance and appearance. A clean bong will also be easier to maintain and repair if needed.

How Often Should You Clean Your Bong?

The frequency of cleaning your bong depends on several factors, such as:

  • How often you use it. The more you use your bong, the more often you should clean it. If you smoke daily or multiple times a day, you should clean your bong at least once a week. If you smoke occasionally or less frequently, you can clean your bong every two weeks or once a month.
  • How dirty it gets. The dirtiness of your bong depends on the quality and quantity of your herb or tobacco, as well as the type and temperature of the water you use. Some herbs or tobaccos produce more resin or tar than others, which can make your bong dirtier faster. Similarly, some types of water (such as tap water or hard water) can leave more minerals or deposits on your bong than others (such as distilled water or filtered water). You should also avoid using hot water in your bong, as it can increase the evaporation and condensation of the resin and make it stickier.
  • How much you care about it. Ultimately, the cleanliness of your bong is a matter of personal preference and hygiene. Some people may not mind smoking from a slightly dirty bong, while others may prefer to have a spotless and sparkling one. You should also consider how much you value your health and your bong’s longevity when deciding how often to clean it.

A general rule of thumb is to change the water in your bong after every smoke session, and to deep clean your bong at least once a week. This will ensure that you get the best possible smoking experience from your bong every time.

How to Clean Your Bong

The best way to clean your bong is to use a combination of coarse salt and rubbing alcohol (or another solvent), along with some warm water and dish soap. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Gather the supplies. You will need: a sink or basin; coarse salt (such as Epsom salt or rock salt); rubbing alcohol (preferably 91% or 99%); two large zipper storage bags; rubber stoppers or bong plugs; a towel; a small brush or pipe cleaner; warm water; dish soap.
  2. Disassemble your bong. Take apart your bong and remove all the removable pieces, such as the bowl, the downstem, the mouthpiece, and any other accessories. Check for any damage or cracks and replace any broken parts.
  3. Rinse and fill your bong with warm water. Empty out your bong and rinse it with warm water to remove any loose debris or particles. Then fill it up with some of the warm water and let it soak for a few minutes.
  4. Add salt and alcohol to your bong. Pour some coarse salt into your bong, enough to cover the bottom and the sides. Then add some rubbing alcohol, enough to fill about half of your bong. The salt will act as an abrasive and the alcohol will act as a solvent, working together to loosen and dissolve the resin and tar.
  5. Plug the holes and shake your bong. Use your hands, fingers, thumbs, or rubber stoppers to plug or block the open holes of your bong, such as the mouthpiece and the downstem. Shake your bong vigorously for about five minutes, making sure that the salt and alcohol mixture reaches every part of your bong.
  6. Rinse and repeat. Pour out the dirty salt and alcohol solution into the sink and rinse your bong thoroughly with warm water. Repeat the cleaning process as many times as needed until your bong is completely clean and clear.
  7. Clean the other pieces. Put the bowl, the downstem, and any other small pieces into a zipper storage bag. Add some salt and alcohol to the bag, seal it, and shake it for a few minutes. Then rinse them with warm water and use a small brush or pipe cleaner to scrub away any remaining resin or dirt.
  8. Wash your bong with soap and water. To finish off, wash your bong with some warm water and dish soap to remove any traces of salt, alcohol, or resin. Be careful not to use too much soap, as it can leave a residue or an aftertaste on your bong. Rinse well with clean water and dry with a towel.

Congratulations! You have successfully cleaned your bong and made it ready for another smoke session. Enjoy!