How often should you clean your bong?


If you enjoy smoking herb or tobacco from a bong, you probably know how important it is to keep your water pipe clean and fresh. A dirty bong can ruin the taste and quality of your smoke, as well as pose health risks from bacteria, mold, and toxins. But how often should you clean your bong, and what is the best way to do it? Here are some tips and tricks to help you maintain your bong and enjoy a smooth and satisfying smoking experience.

Why you need to clean your bong

There are several reasons why you should clean your bong regularly, both for your health and for your bong’s longevity. Here are some of the benefits of keeping your bong clean:

  • Prevent bacteria and mold growth.

    Stagnant bong water can become a breeding ground for harmful microorganisms, such as bacteria, fungi, yeasts, and algae. These can cause infections, allergies, and respiratory problems if you inhale them. You can tell if your bong water is contaminated by the presence of a slimy film on the surface, a foul odor, or a change in color. You should change your bong water after every use, or at least once a day, to prevent this from happening.

  • Remove resin buildup.

    Resin is the sticky substance that accumulates on the inside of your bong over time. It is composed of tar, ash, and other byproducts of combustion. Resin can clog your bong, reduce airflow, and affect the flavor and potency of your smoke. It can also contain carcinogens and other toxins that you don’t want to inhale. You should remove resin buildup from your bong at least once a week, or more often if you smoke frequently.

  • Improve taste and quality.

    A clean bong will provide you with a smoother and more enjoyable smoking experience. You will be able to appreciate the full flavor and aroma of your herb or tobacco, without any unpleasant or harsh aftertastes. You will also get more out of your smoke, as a clean bong will filter out impurities and deliver more cannabinoids and terpenes to your lungs.

  • Extend the life of your bong.

    A clean bong will last longer and perform better than a dirty one. You will avoid damaging your bong with cracks, leaks, or corrosion caused by neglect. You will also save money on replacing parts or buying a new bong altogether.

How to clean your bong

The best way to clean your bong depends on the type of material it is made of, as well as the level of dirtiness. However, there are some general steps that you can follow for most types of bongs:

  1. Rinse.

    Start by giving your bong a general rinse with warm water, filling it up and cleaning out old water to ensure large pieces of debris are removed. Disassemble your bong and remove any removable parts, such as the bowl, stem, mouthpiece, or percolator. Check for any damage or cracks on your bong and replace any broken parts.

  2. Add an abrasive and a cleaner.

    Next, you will need to add something coarse and something liquid to your bong to help scrub away the resin buildup. The most common combination is coarse salt (such as Epsom or rock salt) and rubbing alcohol (preferably 91% or 99% isopropyl alcohol). You can also use vinegar, baking soda, rice, sand, or commercial cleaners designed for bongs (such as Formula 420 or Aqua Glass Works Cleaner). Pour enough salt and alcohol into the base of the bong to cover the bottom. For smaller parts, such as the bowl or stem, you can use zipper storage bags filled with salt and alcohol.

  3. Cover the holes and shake.

    Use rubber stoppers, bong plugs, cotton balls, hand towels, or plastic wrap to cover the openings of the bong so that nothing spills out. Shake the bong vigorously for about five minutes to let the salt and alcohol work their magic. For smaller parts in bags, massage them gently with your fingers to loosen the resin.

  4. Rinse and repeat.

    Empty the cleaning solution into a sink or a trash can (be careful not to clog your drain) and rinse the bong and its parts thoroughly with warm water. Check if there is any remaining resin or stains. If so, repeat the cleaning process until your bong is sparkling clean. You can also use a pipe cleaner, a cotton swab, or a toothbrush to reach any hard-to-clean areas.

  5. Dry and reassemble.

    Wipe your bong and its parts with a towel or let them air dry completely before putting them back together. Enjoy your clean and fresh bong!

How often should you clean your bong?

The frequency of cleaning your bong depends on how often you use it, as well as your personal preference. However, as a general rule of thumb, you should follow these guidelines:

  • Change the water.

    You should change the water in your bong after every use, or at least once a day, to prevent bacteria and mold growth and to improve the taste and quality of your smoke.

  • Clean the resin.

    You should clean the resin buildup from your bong at least once a week, or more often if you smoke frequently or notice a significant decrease in performance or flavor.

  • Deep clean.

    You should deep clean your bong every month, or whenever you notice stubborn stains or odors that won’t go away with regular cleaning. You can also soak your bong in warm water and dish soap for an hour or two before cleaning it to make the process easier.


Cleaning your bong is not only a matter of aesthetics, but also of health and enjoyment. By keeping your bong clean and fresh, you will be able to enjoy the best possible smoking experience with your herb or tobacco. You will also prevent infections, allergies, and respiratory problems caused by bacteria, mold, and toxins. And you will extend the life of your bong and save money on repairs or replacements. So don’t be lazy and clean your bong regularly!