Silicone bongs are becoming more popular among herb and tobacco enthusiasts because of their durability, flexibility, affordability, and variety of colors and designs. Unlike glass bongs, silicone bongs are less likely to break, easier to store, and cheaper to buy. However, silicone bongs still need regular cleaning to ensure optimal performance and flavor. In this blog post, we will show you how to clean a silicone bong in three simple steps using common household items.
Step 1: Remove the Bowl and Downstem
The first step is to remove the bowl and downstem from the bong. These are the parts that get the most dirty and resinous, so they need special attention. Put them aside on a safe place, preferably on top of a thick towel or cloth to prevent them from rolling over or getting lost. You will clean them separately later.
Step 2: Fill the Bong with Cleaning Solution
The next step is to fill the bong with a cleaning solution that can dissolve and loosen the resin buildup inside the bong. There are different ways to make a cleaning solution, but one of the simplest and most effective ones is to use hot water, dish soap, and vinegar. Here’s how to do it:
- Fill a kettle with water and bring it to a boil.
- Pour some dish soap into the bong. A few drops should be enough.
- Add some vinegar to the bong. You can use white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. A few teaspoons should suffice.
- Carefully pour the boiling water into the bong until it is almost full. Be careful not to burn yourself or spill the water.
- Cover the openings of the bong with your hands or some plastic wrap and shake it gently for a few seconds.
- Let the bong sit for about 10 minutes or longer if it is very dirty.
Step 3: Rinse and Dry the Bong
The final step is to rinse and dry the bong thoroughly. Here’s how to do it:
- Dump out the dirty water from the bong into the sink or toilet.
- Rinse the bong with clean water until there is no soap or vinegar residue left.
- Use a pipe cleaner or a small brush to scrub any remaining resin or stains from the inside of the bong.
- Wipe the outside of the bong with a clean cloth or paper towel.
- Let the bong air dry completely before using it again.
How to Clean the Bowl and Downstem
To clean the bowl and downstem, you can use the same cleaning solution as for the bong, but you will need a smaller container to soak them in. Here’s how to do it:
- Fill a small bowl or jar with hot water, dish soap, and vinegar.
- Put the bowl and downstem into the container and make sure they are fully submerged.
- Let them soak for about 10 minutes or longer if they are very dirty.
- Use a pipe cleaner or a small brush to scrub any resin or stains from the bowl and downstem.
- Rinse them with clean water and dry them with a cloth or paper towel.
Cleaning a silicone bong is easy and only takes a few minutes. By following these three simple steps, you can keep your silicone bong in good shape and enjoy smooth and flavorful hits every time. Remember to clean your silicone bong regularly, at least once a week if you use it often, to prevent resin buildup and bacteria growth. Happy smoking!