How to Clean a Bong: A Proven Method


If you enjoy smoking herb or tobacco from a bong, you know how important it is to keep it clean and fresh. A dirty bong can ruin the taste of your smoke, harbor harmful bacteria and fungi, and damage your health. Fortunately, there are some easy and effective ways to clean your bong using common household items. In this blog post, we will show you how to clean a bong in a few simple steps.

What You Need

To clean your bong, you will need the following items:

  • A sink or basin
  • Warm water
  • Coarse salt, rice, or baking soda
  • Rubbing alcohol, vinegar, or another cleaner
  • A small brush or a pipe cleaner
  • Latex gloves
  • Rubber stoppers or bong plugs
  • A towel

Step 1: Empty and Rinse Your Bong

The first step is to empty your bong of any old water and herb residue. Pour out the water and remove any spent herb from the bowl. Then rinse your bong with warm water to get rid of any loose particles. You can also use a small brush or a pipe cleaner to scrub away any stubborn resin. Fill your bong with some warm water and set it aside.

Step 2: Disassemble Your Bong

The next step is to take apart your bong so that you can clean each piece separately. Remove the bowl, the downstem, the mouthpiece, and any other removable parts. Check for any cracks or chips and replace any damaged pieces before using your bong again.

Step 3: Add Salt and Alcohol to Your Bong

The third step is to add an abrasive and a cleaner to your bong base. These will work together to dissolve and remove the resin buildup inside your bong. The best combination is coarse salt and rubbing alcohol, but you can also use vinegar and rice or baking soda. The stronger the alcohol, the better. Ideally, you should use one over 90%. Pour enough salt and alcohol into your bong to cover the bottom and swirl it around.

Step 4: Plug the Holes and Shake It Up

The fourth step is to plug the holes of your bong with rubber stoppers or bong plugs. You can also use your hands, fingers, or thumbs, but make sure you wear latex gloves to avoid contact with the alcohol. Shake your bong vigorously for about five minutes, making sure the salt and alcohol reach every part of the inside.

Step 5: Rinse and Repeat

The fifth step is to empty the cleaning solution into the sink and rinse your bong thoroughly with warm water. Repeat the cleaning process as many times as you need until your bong is sparkling clean. You can also use soap and water for a final rinse.

Step 6: Clean the Other Pieces

The last step is to clean the other pieces of your bong, such as the bowl, the downstem, and the mouthpiece. You can use the same method as above, or you can put them in a zipper storage bag with some salt and alcohol and shake them up. Then rinse them with warm water and soap and dry them with a towel.


Cleaning your bong regularly is essential for maintaining its quality and your health. By following these simple steps, you can keep your bong fresh and ready for your next smoke session. Remember to change the water in your bong after every use and to store it in a cool and dry place. Enjoy!