How to Clean a Bong

How to Clean a Glass Bong

Bongs are popular smoking devices that filter ash while cooling and hydrating the smoke, making your hit comfortable and smooth. But they get dirty with use, especially if you’re smoking often.

Knowing how to clean glass bongs is crucial. Not only do you want to ensure you get the full effect of the hit with that excellent flavor, but you also prioritize your and your device’s health.

When bongs get dirty, they become breeding grounds for bacteria, mold, or other nasty germs. Inhaling those germs, mixed with your smoke, is a respiratory disaster waiting to happen. A spotless bong will help you dodge potential health pitfalls and keep the air you inhale clean.

Don't underestimate the importance of this task — neglecting this duty could open the door to respiratory infections or a host of other health issues. Taking the time to figure out the best way to clean your bong is vital. Remember, a clean bong is a healthy, smoke-enhancing one, and we have the tips here to ensure you and your bong are in top shape.

How Often Should You Clean Your Bong?

Many first-timers often ask about the frequency of cleaning their bong. At the least, you should thoroughly clean after a few days to a week of use. To avoid mold, replace your bong water after every smoke session.

Any water that sits is at risk of molding and bacteria. Stay proactive by keeping your water pipe and accessories clean.

What Is That Smell?

You're about to load a fresh bowl, and you notice a horrible stench coming from your bong. Time to change that water! Dirty bong water has a very distinct aroma, which comes from not changing the water enough. You should change the water after each use to help avoid this. That smell is another sign it’s time for a cleaning.

Stagnant water accumulates bacteria, especially after sitting for a long time. Combine that with the build-up of resin inside of your bong, and you’ve got that distinct odor most bong users recognize.

Understanding how to clean a glass bong is crucial to avoid the unpleasant smell and effects. If you start seeing cloudy water, resin spots, or buildup in the glass or percolator, it's time for a cleaning. Also, it’s time to clean if you see any signs of ash, flowers, or reclaim hanging out in the water chamber.

How Do You Clean A Bong?

You can clean a water bong in several ways, depending on how involved you want to get and how pristine you want the glass.

Gather Your Supplies

  1. Bristled pipe cleaners
  2. Q-Tips
  3. Cleaning solution or 91% isopropyl alcohol
  4. Cleaning caps or plugs
  5. Sealable container or bag for soaking

Use the kitchen sink, a deep pot, or a bucket to help contain the mess that is bound to occur. Cleaners are simple, too. You can either grab our premixed cleaning solution, use household isopropyl alcohol, or try the natural ingredients we share in the next sections.

How To Clean Your Bong With Alcohol

When making your own cleaning solution, start by pouring 91% isopropyl alcohol into the bong. Cap or plug the openings, then gently shake to let the alcohol clean the interior surfaces. Allow the bong to sit with this mixture for several minutes or longer for stubborn build-up.

Note: You should not use alcohol on plastic, acrylic, or silicone bongs. Using alcohol on these bongs may lead to material degradation. Instead, use material-specific cleaners for these types of bongs.

You can even clean silicone bongs with simple dish soap and warm water. Follow the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions to ensure meticulous maintenance while preserving the integrity of the bong materials.

How To Clean Your Bong With Natural Cleaners

When it comes to cleaning your glass bong, some may shy away from using alcohol due to personal preferences or allergies. The good news is that alternative options are available.

Two popular choices are using vinegar or lemon juice. Here's a step-by-step guide for either method:

Cleaning With Vinegar or Lemon Juice

  1. Pour white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or lemon juice into the bong chamber.
  2. Cap or plug the openings
  3. Gently shake the mixture and let the bong soak.
  4. After allowing it to sit, thoroughly clean and rinse the bong with warm water.

Cleaning with any of these methods can help reduce the number of deep cleaning sessions needed. You will save time and make it easier to maintain your glass bong.

Final Thoughts

Understanding how to clean your bong is essential for any smoker. Establish a weekly cleaning routine, including changing the bong water after each use. This will ensure a healthy and enjoyable smoking experience while keeping your glass in pristine condition for the best performance.

Ready to elevate your smoking experience? Explore our resources for effective cleaning methods. Purr Glass offers a wide range of cleaning videos, supplies, and in-depth articles to help you maintain a top-notch water bong.

1 comment
  • Jim

    I rarely clean mine! I had a few friends who counted on that! Lol

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