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 harmful bacteria and mold, and damage your health. 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 and remove all the removable pieces, such as the mouthpiece, the pipe, the bowl, and the downstem. This will make it easier to clean each part separately and thoroughly. As you disassemble your bong, check for any damage, such as chips or cracks, and replace any broken pieces before using your bong again.
Step 2: Empty and Rinse Your Bong
The next step is to empty your bong of any old water and spent herb or tobacco. Pour out the contents of your bong into a sink or a trash can and give it a good rinse with warm water to remove any remaining solid particles. You can also use a paper towel or a dry cloth to wipe off any sticky residue from the outside of your bong.
Step 3: Fill Your Bong with a Cleaning Solution
Now it’s time to fill your bong with a cleaning solution that will help dissolve and loosen the tar, resin, and grime that have accumulated inside your bong. You can use different combinations of household items for this purpose, but the most common and effective one is coarse salt and isopropyl alcohol. The salt acts as an abrasive that scrubs the walls of your bong, while the alcohol dissolves the organic matter and disinfects your bong.
To use this method, pour some coarse salt into your bong, enough to cover the bottom and reach the sides. Then pour some isopropyl alcohol into your bong, enough to fill it halfway or more. The stronger the alcohol, the better. Ideally, you would use one over 90%. If you don’t have isopropyl alcohol, you can also use vinegar or dish soap instead.
If you want to add some extra freshness and shine to your bong, you can also squeeze some lemon juice or white vinegar into your cleaning solution. These ingredients will help remove any water marks and odors from your bong.
Step 4: Plug the Holes and Shake Your Bong
The next step is to plug the holes of your bong with your hands, fingers, thumbs, or some rubber stoppers or corks. This will prevent the cleaning solution from spilling out and making a mess. Once you have secured the holes of your bong, shake it vigorously for about five minutes or more. This will help the cleaning solution reach every corner of your bong and dislodge any stubborn stains.
Step 5: Rinse and Repeat
After shaking your bong, empty the cleaning solution into a sink and rinse it out completely with clean water. You can also use a cotton swab, a pipe cleaner, a bottle brush, or an earbud to remove any remaining residue from the hard-to-reach areas of your bong, such as the bowl, the downstem, or the percolator. Repeat the cleaning process as many times as you need to until your bong is sparkling clean.
Step 6: Dry Your Bong
The final step is to dry your bong thoroughly with a paper towel or a dry cloth. You can also let it air dry on a rack or a towel. Make sure there is no moisture left inside or outside your bong before storing it away or using it again.
Cleaning your bong regularly is essential for enjoying a smooth and flavorful smoke, as well as for protecting your health. You don’t need to spend a lot of money or time to do it. You can use some simple household items that you already have at home to make your bong look and smell like new. Follow these easy steps and you’ll be able to keep your bong in top condition for a long time.