How to Clean Your Bong with Alcohol

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If you enjoy smoking herb or tobacco from a bong, you know how important it is to keep your piece clean and fresh. A dirty bong can ruin the taste of your smoke, harbor harmful bacteria and mold, and damage the longevity of your glass. Fortunately, cleaning your bong doesn’t have to be a hassle. All you need are some simple household items and a few minutes of your time.

In this blog post, we’ll show you how to clean your bong with alcohol and salt, a tried-and-true method that works for most types of glass bongs. You’ll also learn why you should clean your bong regularly, what materials you’ll need, and some tips and tricks to make the process easier.

Why You Should Clean Your Bong Regularly

Cleaning your bong regularly is not only good for your health, but also for your smoking experience. Here are some of the benefits of keeping your bong clean:

  • Prevent bacteria and mold growth.

    When you smoke from a bong, the water in the base filters out some of the tar and ash from the smoke, but it also becomes a breeding ground for microorganisms. If you don’t change the water frequently enough, you risk inhaling mold, yeast, bacteria, or even biofilm, a slimy layer that forms on the surface of stagnant water. These substances can cause respiratory infections, pneumonia, or worse. Ideally, you should change the water in your bong after every session, and deep clean it at least once a week.

  • Improve the taste and smell of your smoke.

    A dirty bong can affect the flavor and aroma of your herb or tobacco, making it harsher and less enjoyable. The resin that builds up on the walls of the glass can also interfere with the airflow and make it harder to draw smoke. By cleaning your bong regularly, you can preserve the natural terpenes and cannabinoids of your herb or tobacco, and get smoother and cleaner hits.

  • Extend the life and value of your glass.

    A clean bong is a beautiful bong. If you invest in a high-quality glass piece, you want to keep it in good shape and show it off to your friends. Cleaning your bong regularly can prevent stains, cracks, or clogs that can ruin its appearance and functionality. It can also help you avoid breaking or losing any parts of your bong, such as the bowl or the downstem.

What You’ll Need to Clean Your Bong with Alcohol

Cleaning your bong with alcohol and salt is one of the easiest and most effective ways to remove resin and grime from your glass. Alcohol is a natural solvent that dissolves resin, while salt acts as an abrasive that scrubs away any stubborn bits. You can use any type of coarse salt, such as table salt, Epsom salt, rock salt, or Himalayan salt. You can also use any type of alcohol, but we recommend using 91% or 99% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) for best results.

Here are the materials you’ll need to clean your bong with alcohol:

  • Coarse salt
  • 91% or 99% isopropyl alcohol
  • Two large zipper storage bags
  • Rubber stoppers or bong plugs
  • Towel

How to Clean Your Bong with Alcohol Step-by-Step

Now that you have everything you need to clean your bong with alcohol, follow these simple steps:

  1. Disassemble your bong.

    Remove the bowl, stem, and any other detachable parts from your bong. Rinse them with hot water to get rid of any loose debris.

  2. Place the bowl and stem in zipper storage bags.

    Put each piece in a separate bag and add some coarse salt. Pour enough alcohol to cover them completely. Seal the bags and shake them vigorously for a few minutes. Set them aside while you work on the rest of the bong.

  3. Pour salt and alcohol into the bong.

    Add some coarse salt into the base of your bong through the mouthpiece. Pour enough alcohol to fill about half of the bong. Plug the mouthpiece and the downstem hole with rubber stoppers or bong plugs. If you don’t have any, you can use paper towels or plastic wrap and rubber bands.

  4. Shake your bong.

    Hold your bong securely and shake it as hard as you can for a few minutes. Be careful not to drop or break it. You should see the alcohol turning brown as it dissolves the resin. If the bong is very dirty, you may need to repeat this step with fresh salt and alcohol.

  5. Rinse your bong.

    Remove the plugs and pour out the dirty alcohol. Rinse your bong thoroughly with hot water and soap. Make sure there is no alcohol or salt residue left. You can use a pipe cleaner or a cotton swab to reach any hard-to-clean spots.

  6. Rinse the bowl and stem.

    Take out the bowl and stem from the bags and rinse them with hot water and soap. Use a pipe cleaner or a cotton swab to remove any remaining resin. If they are still dirty, you can soak them in alcohol again or use a bong cleaner product.

  7. Dry your bong.

    Wipe your bong with a towel and let it air dry completely before using it again. You can also use a hair dryer to speed up the process.

Tips and Tricks for Cleaning Your Bong with Alcohol

Cleaning your bong with alcohol is easy, but here are some tips and tricks to make it even easier:

  • Warm up the alcohol.

    Heating up the alcohol slightly can help it dissolve resin faster and more effectively. You can microwave it for a few seconds or place the bottle in a bowl of hot water. Be careful not to overheat it or expose it to flames, as alcohol is flammable.

  • Add some lemon juice.

    Adding a few drops of lemon juice to the alcohol can help boost its cleaning power and give your bong a fresh citrus scent. Lemon juice is acidic and can break down resin, as well as prevent bacteria growth.

  • Use denture tablets.

    If you don’t have salt, you can use denture tablets instead. They are effervescent and can help loosen up resin and grime from your glass. Just drop a few tablets into your bong with some water and let them fizz for a while. Then rinse with hot water and soap.

  • Use vinegar and rice.

    Another alternative to salt and alcohol is vinegar and rice. Vinegar is also acidic and can dissolve resin, while rice acts as an abrasive. Just fill your bong with vinegar and add some uncooked rice. Shake well and rinse with hot water and soap.


Cleaning your bong with alcohol is a simple and effective way to keep your piece in top shape. By following the steps above, you can enjoy a clean and smooth smoke every time. Remember to change your bong water regularly, deep clean your bong at least once a week, and use quality herb or tobacco for the best results. Happy smoking!