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How to Clean a Bong with Alcohol


A bong is a popular device for smoking herb or tobacco, but it can also get dirty and smelly over time. The resin from the smoke can build up on the glass and in the water, creating a sticky and unpleasant residue that can affect the taste and quality of your smoking experience. Moreover, dirty bong water can harbor bacteria, mold and other harmful microorganisms that can cause health problems if you inhale them.

Therefore, it is important to clean your bong regularly and properly to keep it in good shape and to enjoy the best flavor of your herb or tobacco. One of the easiest and most effective ways to clean a bong is to use alcohol and salt as natural solvents and abrasives. In this blog post, we will show you how to clean a bong with alcohol in a few simple steps.

What You Need

To clean a bong with alcohol, you will need the following items:

  • A dirty bong
  • Isopropyl alcohol (91% or 99%)
  • Coarse salt (such as sea salt, Epsom salt or rock salt)
  • Zipper storage bags
  • Rubber stoppers or bong plugs
  • A towel
  • Water and soap
  • A pipe cleaner or a brush

Step 1: Disassemble Your Bong

The first step is to disassemble your bong and remove any detachable parts, such as the bowl, the stem, the percolator and the mouthpiece. This will make it easier to clean each piece separately and thoroughly.

Step 2: Rinse Your Bong with Water

The next step is to rinse your bong with water and get rid of any loose dirt, ash or debris. You can use hot water to help loosen up some of the resin, but be careful not to use boiling water as it can crack the glass. You can also use a pipe cleaner or a brush to scrub the inside of the bong and remove any stubborn gunk.

Step 3: Place Your Bong Parts in Zipper Storage Bags with Alcohol and Salt

The third step is to place each of your bong parts in a separate zipper storage bag and add some alcohol and salt. You can buy a bong-specific cleaning solution, but isopropyl alcohol and salt are your best (and cheapest) bet. Pour a handful of coarse salt into the bag and add rubbing alcohol (91% or 99% isopropyl alcohol) until the piece is fully submerged. The alcohol will dissolve the resin while the salt will act as an abrasive and scrub away any remaining dirt.

Step 4: Shake Your Bong Parts in the Bags

The fourth step is to shake your bong parts in the bags vigorously for about five minutes, or until you see that the resin has come off. You can also let them soak for longer if they are very dirty. Make sure to seal the bags tightly and hold them securely while shaking them to avoid any leaks or spills.

Step 5: Rinse Your Bong Parts with Water and Soap

The fifth step is to rinse your bong parts with water and soap and make sure that all the alcohol, salt and resin are washed away. You can use warm water and dish soap to give them a final cleaning. You can also use a pipe cleaner or a brush to reach any hard-to-clean spots.

Step 6: Dry Your Bong Parts with a Towel

The sixth step is to dry your bong parts with a towel and make sure that they are completely dry before reassembling them. You can also let them air dry on a rack or a paper towel if you prefer.

Step 7: Reassemble Your Bong and Enjoy

The final step is to reassemble your bong and enjoy smoking from a clean and fresh device. You will notice that your herb or tobacco will taste better and smoother, and that your bong will look nicer and smell less.

Tips for Keeping Your Bong Clean

To keep your bong clean for longer, here are some tips that you can follow:

  • Change your bong water after every smoking session to avoid mold and bacteria growth.
  • Use filtered or distilled water instead of tap water to prevent mineral buildup.
  • Store your bong in a cool and dry place away from direct sunlight and heat sources.
  • Clean your bong at least once a week or more often if you use it frequently.
  • Use a screen or a filter to prevent ash and herb particles from entering the bong water.


Cleaning a bong with alcohol is a simple and effective way to keep your device in good condition and to enhance your smoking experience. By following the steps above, you can easily clean your bong with alcohol and salt in less than 30 minutes. You will also save money by using household items instead of buying expensive cleaning products. Remember to clean your bong regularly and properly to enjoy the best flavor of your herb or tobacco.