How to Clean a Glass Bong

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If you enjoy smoking herb or tobacco from a glass bong, you know how important it is to keep it clean and fresh. A dirty bong can ruin your smoking experience, making it harsh, unpleasant, and unhealthy. Not to mention, it looks unsightly and smells bad.

Fortunately, cleaning a glass bong is not a difficult task. You don’t need any fancy or expensive products to do it. All you need are some common household items and a little bit of time and effort. In this blog post, we will show you how to properly clean any type of glass bong using different methods and ingredients. Follow these simple steps and you will have a sparkling and smooth bong in no time.

Why You Need to Clean Your Glass Bong

Before we get into the how, let’s talk about the why. Why do you need to clean your glass bong regularly? Here are some of the main reasons:


  • Better flavor.

    A clean bong allows you to enjoy the true taste and aroma of your herb or tobacco, without any interference from tar, resin, or mold. A dirty bong can make your smoke taste bitter, stale, or funky.

  • Smoother hits.

    A clean bong ensures that your smoke is filtered and cooled properly by the water, resulting in smoother and more pleasant hits. A dirty bong can make your smoke harsher, hotter, and more irritating to your throat and lungs.

  • Healthier smoking.

    A clean bong prevents the accumulation of harmful bacteria, fungi, and toxins that can cause infections, allergies, or respiratory problems. A dirty bong can expose you to mold spores, germs, or carcinogens that can compromise your immune system and overall health.

  • Prettier appearance.

    A clean bong looks more attractive and inviting, showing off its design and craftsmanship. A dirty bong looks gross and unappealing, hiding its beauty and quality.

When to Clean Your Glass Bong

Now that you know why you need to clean your glass bong, let’s talk about when. How often should you clean your glass bong? The answer depends on how often you use it and how dirty it gets. However, as a general rule of thumb, here are some guidelines:


  • Change the water after every session.

    This is the easiest and most effective way to keep your bong clean and fresh. The water in your bong acts as a filter for the smoke, trapping tar, resin, ash, and other impurities. If you leave the water in your bong for too long, it will become dirty, cloudy, and smelly. It will also harbor bacteria and mold that can grow and multiply in the moist environment. To avoid this, simply pour out the old water and rinse your bong with fresh water after every session.

  • Deep clean your bong once a week.

    This is the minimum frequency that you should deep clean your bong to remove any buildup of tar and resin that may clog up your piece or affect its performance. Depending on how often you smoke and how much resin accumulates in your bong, you may need to deep clean it more or less often. You can tell when your bong needs a deep cleaning by looking at its color and clarity. If it’s brown and opaque, it’s time for a deep cleaning.

How to Clean Your Glass Bong

Finally, let’s get into the how. How do you clean your glass bong properly? There are different methods that you can use, depending on what ingredients and tools you have available. Some of the most common ingredients are alcohol, salt, vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice. Some of the most common tools are bottle brush, pipe cleaner,
and saucepan. The basic steps are to fill the bong with the chosen ingredient,
shake it,
and let it soak for some time,
then rinse it with warm water
and dish soap.
Some methods require boiling water,
but this could bust the glass.
The following are some of the most popular methods that you can try:

Method 1: Alcohol and Salt

This is one of the most effective and widely used methods of cleaning a glass bong. Alcohol reacts with the tar and resin, making it easier to dissolve and remove. Salt acts as an abrasive, scrubbing away any stubborn chunks of resin that may stick to the glass. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Separate all the moving pieces from the bong. This includes the slide, the bowl, and the stem. Set them aside to be cleaned separately.
  2. Rinse out the pieces in hot water. This will loosen up any of the bigger chunks of resin that may be clogging up your bong. The hotter the water the better, but be careful not to burn yourself or crack the glass. If your piece is cold, start with lukewarm water and slowly raise the temperature.
  3. Knock off any big pieces of resin with cotton swabs or pipe cleaners. If there are any large chunks of tar or resin that you can easily reach, simply knock them off with gentle scrubbing. If a chunk resists, that’s fine. You just want to get rid of the big, easily removed chunks now.
  4. Place the smaller parts in resealable plastic bags. Make sure that they can seal effectively. You’ll use the bag to contain your cleaning fluid while you soak the smaller pieces.
  5. Fill your plastic bags with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol. Purchase 90% isopropyl instead of 71% whenever available, though both will work. They can be found in the first aid section of your supermarket or pharmacy. Make sure the pieces are fully submerged in the fluid.
  6. Add some coarse salt to the bags. You can use any kind of salt, but kosher salt or sea salt work best because they have larger grains that can scrub better. Add enough salt to cover the bottom of the bag.
  7. Seal the bags and shake them vigorously for a few minutes. The alcohol and salt mixture will work together to dissolve and dislodge the resin from the pieces. You will see the liquid turn brown as it gets dirty.
  8. Let the bags sit for a few hours or overnight for best results. The longer you let them soak, the easier it will be to clean them.
  9. Pour out the alcohol/salt mixture and rinse the pieces with warm water and dish soap. Make sure to remove any traces of alcohol or salt from the pieces, as they can damage or corrode them over time.
  10. Repeat if necessary until the pieces are completely clean.

Method 2: Vinegar and Baking Soda

This is another effective and natural method of cleaning a glass bong. Vinegar is an acidic substance that can break down tar and resin, while baking soda is a basic substance that can neutralize odors and act as a mild abrasive. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Follow steps 1-3 from method 1 to prepare your bong and its parts for cleaning.
  2. Fill your bong with white vinegar until it covers all the dirty areas. You can also use apple cider vinegar, but it may leave a stronger smell.
  3. Add some baking soda to the bong. Be careful not to add too much at once, as it will cause a fizzy reaction with the vinegar that can overflow from the bong. Add enough baking soda to create a thick paste that can coat the inside of the bong.
  4. Cover the openings of the bong with plastic wrap or rubber bands and shake it gently for a few minutes. The vinegar and baking soda mixture will foam up and loosen
    the resin from
    the glass.
    You will see
    the liquid turn brown as it gets dirty.
  5. Let
    the bong sit for
    a few hours or overnight for best results.
    The longer you let it soak,
    the easier it will be
    to clean it.
  6. Pour out
    the vinegar/baking soda mixture
    and rinse
    the bong with warm water
    and dish soap.
    Make sure
    to remove any traces of vinegar or baking soda from
    the bong,
    as they can damage or corrode it over time.
  7. Repeat if necessary until
    the bong is completely clean.

Method 3: Lemon Juice and Boiling Water

This is another natural and eco-friendly method of cleaning a glass bong. Lemon juice is a citric acid that can dissolve tar and resin, while boiling water can sanitize and deodorize your piece. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Follow steps 1-3 from method 1 to prepare your bong and its parts for cleaning.
  2. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice into your bong until it covers all the dirty areas. You can also use bottled lemon juice,