How to Clean a Bong: A Proven Method


A bong is a great way to enjoy your herb or tobacco, but it can also get dirty and smelly over time. Resin, tar, and bacteria can build up inside the bong, affecting the taste and quality of your smoke. That’s why it’s important to clean your bong regularly and keep it in good condition.

Fortunately, cleaning a bong is not too difficult or expensive. You just need some basic supplies and a little time. In this blog post, we will show you how to clean a bong using a proven method that works for any type of bong, whether it’s glass, ceramic, metal, or plastic.

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
  • A towel

Step 1: Empty and Rinse Your Bong

The first step is to empty your bong and rinse it with warm water. Pour out the old bong water and remove any spent herb or tobacco from the bowl. Then give it a good rinse with warm water to remove any remaining solid particles. Finally, fill the bong part way with some of the warm water you’re using.

As you rinse your bong, take apart any removable parts, such as the stem and the mouthpiece. Check for any damage, such as chips or cracks, and replace any broken pieces before using your bong again.

Step 2: Add Coarse Salt and Rubbing Alcohol to Your Bong

The next step is to add an abrasive and a cleaner into the base of the bong so that they can work together to clean the inside. Coarse salt and rubbing alcohol typically work best for this, but you can also use vinegar and rice or baking soda. The stronger the rubbing alcohol, the better. Ideally, you would use one over 90%.

Pour enough salt or rice to cover the bottom of the bong, then add enough rubbing alcohol or vinegar to fill about half of the bong. You can also add some of the abrasive and cleaner to the stem and mouthpiece if they are dirty.

Step 3: Plug the Holes and Shake It Up

The third step is to plug the holes of the bong and shake it up. Use your hands, fingers, and thumbs to block the open holes of the bong so that your abrasive and cleaner don’t spill out. Shake it for about five minutes to get the best possible result. You can also use a small brush or a pipe cleaner to scrub away stubborn resin from hard-to-reach areas.

Step 4: Rinse and Repeat

The final step is to rinse and repeat. Empty the cleaning solution into a sink and rinse it out completely with clean water. Repeat the cleaning process as many times as you need to until your bong is sparkling clean. Then dry it with a towel and let it air dry completely before using it again.


Cleaning your bong is not only easy but also essential for your health and enjoyment. By following these simple steps, you can keep your bong in top shape and make every smoke session a pleasant one. Remember to change your bong water regularly and clean your bong at least once a week for optimal results.