How to Clean a Bong with Baking Soda

A bong is a popular device for smoking herb or tobacco, but it can also get dirty and smelly over time. If you want to enjoy a smooth and flavorful smoke, you need to keep your bong clean and fresh. Fortunately, you don’t need to buy expensive or harsh chemicals to do that. You can use baking soda, a natural and cheap ingredient that you probably already have in your kitchen.

Baking soda is a great cleaner because it is abrasive, which helps to scrub away the resin and tar that build up inside your bong. It also reacts with vinegar, creating a fizzy solution that can reach into the hard-to-clean areas of your bong. Baking soda is also deodorizing, which means it can eliminate the unpleasant smell of your bong.

In this blog post, we will show you how to clean a bong with baking soda in a few simple steps. You will need the following items:

  • A dirty bong
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Warm water
  • A sink or basin
  • A cleaning brush or pipe cleaner
  • Microporous tape or rubber stoppers
  • A large pot
  • Two sandwich bags
  • Latex gloves (optional)

Step 1: Disassemble your bong

The first step is to take apart your bong so that you can clean each piece separately. Remove the bowl and downstem from the main piece of your bong and place them in two different sandwich bags. If your bong has any other removable parts, such as a percolator or an ice catcher, take them out as well.

As you disassemble your bong, check for any damage such as chips or cracks. You will need to replace any broken pieces before using your bong again.

Step 2: Pre-rinse your bong

The next step is to rinse your bong with warm water to remove any loose dirt and debris. Pour out the old water from your bong and discard any leftover herb or tobacco. Then fill your bong with warm water and shake it gently to loosen some of the resin and tar inside. Pour out the water and repeat until the water runs clear.

You can also pre-rinse the bowl and downstem by filling the sandwich bags with warm water and shaking them gently. Drain the water and repeat until the water runs clear.

Step 3: Add baking soda and vinegar to your bong

The third step is to add baking soda and vinegar to your bong to create a powerful cleaning solution. Baking soda and vinegar react together to produce carbon dioxide gas, which bubbles up and helps to dislodge the stubborn resin and tar from your bong.

To do this, fill your bong with warm water and add a teaspoon of baking soda inside the mouthpiece. Then cover the downstem hole with microporous tape or a rubber stopper to prevent leakage. Shake your bong well to distribute the baking soda evenly inside.

Next, use a cleaning brush or pipe cleaner to remove the baking soda that has stuck to the interior surface of your bong. This will help to scrub away some of the resin and tar as well.

Finally, pour a spoonful of vinegar into your bong, fill up the chamber with warm water, cover the mouthpiece and carb hole with microporous tape or rubber stoppers, and shake well. You should see bubbles forming inside your bong as the vinegar reacts with the baking soda.

Step 4: Boil your bong in baking soda and vinegar

The fourth step is to boil your bong in baking soda and vinegar to further clean and sanitize it. Boiling will help to kill any bacteria or fungi that may be lurking in your bong, as well as loosen any remaining resin and tar.

To do this, gently set your bong inside a large pot and pour one cup of baking soda into the neck. Shake it around to get into the various crevices of your bong, especially the grimier bits.

Then pour two cups of vinegar down into the neck channel. Swish it around to get into the hard-to-reach areas of your bong.

Fill the pot with enough water to cover your bong completely. Bring the water to a boil and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. Be careful not to let the water boil over or spill out of the pot.

Step 5: Rinse and dry your bong

The final step is to rinse and dry your bong thoroughly. Carefully remove your bong from the pot and drain the water. Rinse your bong with clean water until there is no trace of baking soda or vinegar left. You can also rinse the bowl and downstem in the same way.

Use a clean towel to wipe your bong dry, inside and out. You can also use a hair dryer or an air compressor to blow out any excess water from your bong. Make sure your bong is completely dry before storing it or using it again.

Congratulations, you have successfully cleaned your bong with baking soda! You can now enjoy a smooth and flavorful smoke from your sparkling clean bong.

If you want to keep your bong clean and fresh, you should repeat this process at least once a month, or more often if you use your bong frequently. You should also change the water in your bong after every session, as stale water can harbor harmful microorganisms and affect the taste of your smoke.

Baking soda is a cheap and effective way to clean your bong, but it is not the only one. You can also use other natural ingredients such as lemon juice, coarse salt, or rice to clean your bong. You can also buy specialized cleaning products for bongs from head shops or online stores. Whatever method you choose, make sure to follow the instructions carefully and use gloves to protect your hands from any residue.

We hope this blog post has helped you learn how to clean a bong with baking soda. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below. Happy smoking!