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 clog up the airflow. Fortunately, you don’t need to buy expensive or harsh chemicals to clean your bong. You can use a simple and natural ingredient that you probably have in your kitchen: baking soda.
Baking soda is a great cleaner for bongs because it is abrasive, alkaline, and deodorizing. It can help scrub away the sticky resin and tar that coat the inside of your bong, neutralize the acidic and smelly bong water, and leave your bong sparkling and odor-free. Plus, it is cheap, eco-friendly, and safe to use.
In this blog post, we will show you how to clean a bong with baking soda in four easy steps. You will need the following supplies:
- A dirty bong
- Baking soda
- Warm water
- Vinegar (optional)
- A large pot (optional)
- A sink or basin
- A sandwich bag
- Latex gloves
- A long cleaning brush or pipe cleaner
Step 1: Disassemble and rinse your bong
The first step is to take apart your bong and remove any loose debris. Remove the bowl and downstem from the main chamber and place them in a separate sandwich bag. Pour out the old bong water and any spent herb or tobacco. Rinse the bong and its parts with warm water to get rid of any solid particles. You can also use a long cleaning brush or pipe cleaner to reach the hard-to-clean areas.
Step 2: Add baking soda and water to your bong
The next step is to add baking soda and water to your bong to create a paste that will scrub the inside of your bong. You can use one of the following methods:
- Pour a mixture of warm water and baking soda into the mouthpiece of your bong and rinse it well. Let it sit for an hour and then rinse again.
- Pour half a cup of baking soda into the chamber and fill the bong with vinegar. It will bubble up and loosen the resin. Leave it for five minutes and then rinse with warm water.
- Put the bong in a large pot and pour one cup of baking soda into the neck. Shake it around and then pour two cups of vinegar into the neck. Swish it around and then rinse with warm water.
- Pre-rinse the bong with warm water and then add baking soda. Shake it around and then rinse again.
Whichever method you choose, make sure to cover the holes of the bong with your hands, fingers, or thumbs to prevent spills. You can also use latex gloves to protect your skin from irritation.
Step 3: Add baking soda and water to your bowl and downstem
The same way you cleaned your bong, you can also clean your bowl and downstem with baking soda and water. Add some baking soda and warm water or vinegar to the sandwich bag that contains your bowl and downstem. Shake it well and let it soak for a few minutes or hours, depending on how dirty they are. Then rinse them with warm water and use a pipe cleaner to remove any stubborn residue.
Step 4: Rinse and dry your bong
The final step is to rinse your bong thoroughly with warm water until all traces of baking soda are gone. You can also use lemon juice to add some extra freshness and shine to your glass. Dry your bong with a clean towel or let it air dry completely before reassembling it.
Congratulations! You have successfully cleaned your bong with baking soda. Now you can enjoy smooth and tasty hits from your fresh and sparkling bong.