Do you have a dirty bong hiding in one of your cupboards? We won’t judge. But if you do, we can help you get it back in peak condition with our ultimate guide to cleaning a bong! Once the residual smell has subsided and your friends have stopped giving you sideways glances, you’ll be able to use your bong again without feeling self-conscious about the state it’s in. If your bong is looking dingy and full of gunk, don’t worry – as with most things, there’s an easy way to clean it, disinfect it, and bring it back to life again. Bongs are useful not just because they let you take a hit more efficiently than a joint or bowl – they’re also really good at keeping weed smoke isolated from the rest of your home. That said, if all the above sounds great to you… read on!
What You’ll Need
A good-quality cleaning kit is essential for good bong maintenance. Make sure it has everything you need to get your bong looking and smelling as good as new. This could include:
A Bottle Brush – one with a long, flexible handle will make all the difference when it comes to cleaning out hard-to-reach parts of your bong.
A Cleaning Pipe Cleaner – this will come in handy for cleaning the inside of your bong. You can also use a nail brush for this job if you don’t have a pipe cleaner.
Scraping Tool – this can be anything from a toothpick to a spoon!
Isopropyl Alcohol – this is essential for disinfecting and cleaning your bong. The classic rubbing alcohol and salt mixture.
Pipe Cleaners – a useful tool for getting the inside of your bong really clean.
Step 1: Scrape The Bowl And Shower The Bong
This is the easiest way to get rid of the most obvious grime and gunk. Take the bowl out of your bong and and empty the bong water. Then take a scrubbing brush and use it to scrape off any residual herb or gunk. You can also put the bowl in a bowl of warm water and a little dishwashing soap to make the cleaning process even easier. Now pour water into your bong and use a pipe cleaner or a piece of cloth to get out any grime from the inside. Once the inside of your bong is clean, you’re ready to start cleaning the outside.
First, pour some water into your bong and give it a good shake. Then take a clean cloth and gently scrub the outside of your bong. Be careful not to scrub too hard in case you break the glass. Fill it with water again and leave it overnight to make sure it’s completely clear.
Step 2: Use Isopropyl To Disinfect
Before you start cleaning your bong, make sure it’s clean and dry on the inside. Then pour a little bit of the rubbing alcohol into a bowl or a cup and submerge your bong. Shake it up with alcohol and coarse salt, then let it soak. Make sure the alcohol covers all parts of your bong and leave it to soak for a few hours. This will kill any bacteria lingering on your bong and leave it smelling fresh and clean. When you’re done, pour out cleaning solution. Give the inside of your bong another thorough scrub with a pipe cleaner to make sure it’s as clean. Be careful not to scrub too hard, though – remember that you could break your bong if you apply too much pressure!
Step 3: Use A Brush To Shake Out Dust
Now that the inside and outside are clean, the inside of your bong will probably still look a little dusty – especially if you use tobacco or cannabis. To get rid of this, take a dry brush and carefully use it to brush off the dust from the inside of your bong.
Step 4: Using Soap And Water To Clean The Bong
For a thorough clean, it’s best to use soap rather than just water. This will remove any traces of grime, grease, and gunk that are still clinging to the inside of your bong. Make sure the inside of your bong is really clean before you add the soap. You can use a pipe cleaner to get it as clean as possible. To make sure your soap doesn’t leave any residue on your bong, you can use a little bit of vinegar in the water. Pour some vinegar into the water, then add some dishwashing liquid to create a soapy, but slightly acidic, solution.
Step 5: Final Rinse And Reassemble
Now that your bong is clean, it’s time to give it a final rinse. Fill your bong with hot water and give it another good shake. Then, use a clean cloth or pipe cleaner to scrub the inside of your bong one last time and make sure all traces of dish soap are gone. You can use a paper towel to dry it off. When your bong is dry, it’s time to reassemble it – and remember to clean your bowl too. Fill the bowl with water and leave it to evaporate for a few hours, then put the bowl back in and replace the screen. Keep your bong clean and it will last for years.
Bong cleaning can be a fairly simple task, but it can get pretty messy. It’s a good idea to put old newspapers down on your work surface to avoid a spillage. Follow the steps above and you’ll have your bong back in shape in no time at all! If you keep your bong clean and free from residue, not only will it last a lot longer, but you’ll also enjoy using it a lot more. Whether you use it for tobacco or cannabis, a clean bong will always provide a smoother hit. It’s also a good idea to clean your bong when you notice the smoke tastes a little bit “funny”. This could be a sign that your bong needs a bit of a cleaning.