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 or cracks on your bong and replace any broken parts before using it again. Rinse all the pieces with warm water to get rid of any loose debris or ash.
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 disinfect 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 your bong about halfway with warm water and then add a generous amount of your abrasive and cleaner of choice. For example, you can use 1/4 cup of salt and 1/2 cup of alcohol for a medium-sized bong. You can also add some lemon juice or white vinegar for extra shine and freshness.
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 with your hands, fingers, thumbs, or some rubber stoppers. This will prevent the cleaning solution from spilling out and making a mess. Then, shake your bong vigorously for about five minutes or until you see the water turning brown and murky. This means that the abrasive and cleaner are doing their job of loosening and removing the gunk from your bong.
Step 4: Rinse and Repeat
After shaking your bong well, empty the cleaning solution into a sink or a bucket and rinse it thoroughly with clean water. You may need to repeat this process a few times until your bong is completely clean and clear. 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 or residue.
Step 5: Clean the Other Pieces
Don’t forget to clean the other pieces of your bong as well. You can use the same cleaning solution that you used for the base of your bong or make a fresh one if needed. Put the smaller pieces like the bowl and the downstem into a ziplock bag or a container with some abrasive and cleaner and shake them well. Then rinse them with water and use some tools to clean any remaining dirt.
Step 6: Dry Your Bong
The final step is to dry your bong completely before using it again. You can use some paper towels or dry cloths to wipe off any excess water from your bong and its pieces. You can also let them air dry on a rack or a towel for a few hours. Make sure there is no moisture left inside your bong as this can promote mold growth.
Congratulations! You Have a Clean Bong!
You have successfully cleaned your bong with household items! Now you can enjoy smoking from a fresh and sparkling bong that will enhance the flavor and quality of your herb or tobacco. You should clean your bong regularly, at least once a week or more often if you smoke frequently. This will prevent the buildup of resin and bacteria and keep your bong in good condition. Happy smoking!
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