How to Clean a Glass Bong with Household Items or Natural Products

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 the flavor of your smoke, make your hits harsher, and expose you to harmful bacteria and mold. Fortunately, you don’t need to buy expensive or harsh chemicals to clean your glass bong. You can use some common household items or natural products that are cheap, effective, and eco-friendly. Here are some of the best methods to clean a glass bong with items you probably have at home.

Method 1: Alcohol and Salt

This is one of the most popular and easy methods to clean a glass bong. All you need is some isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol and some coarse salt, such as kosher or sea salt. Alcohol dissolves the tar and resin that build up in your bong, while salt acts as a scrubbing agent to remove any stubborn chunks. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Separate all the moving pieces from the bong, such as the slide and the stem. You will clean them separately in resealable plastic bags.
  2. Rinse out the pieces in hot water to loosen up any big pieces of resin. Be careful not to use boiling water on a cold piece, as this can cause it to shatter. If your piece is cold, start with lukewarm water and slowly raise the temperature.
  3. Knock off any large pieces of resin with cotton swabs or pipe cleaners. If there are any chunks that resist, don’t worry. You just want to get rid of the easy ones now.
  4. Place the smaller parts in resealable plastic bags and fill them with enough alcohol to submerge them completely. For the bong itself, pour some alcohol inside until it covers the bottom and sides.
  5. Add some salt to each bag and to the bong. The more salt, the better. The salt will not dissolve in the alcohol, so it will act as an abrasive.
  6. Seal the bags and plug the holes of the bong with paper towels or rubber stoppers. Shake them vigorously for a minute or two, then let them soak for at least 15 minutes. You can also leave them overnight for a deeper clean.
  7. Pour out the alcohol/salt mixture and rinse everything with warm water and dish soap. Make sure there is no alcohol or salt left inside.
  8. Let everything dry completely before using it again. You can use a hairdryer or a fan to speed up the process.

Method 2: Vinegar and Baking Soda

If you don’t have alcohol at home, or you want to avoid using it for any reason, you can try this natural alternative. Vinegar and baking soda are both great cleaning agents that can remove stains, odors, and bacteria from your glass bong. When combined, they create a fizzy reaction that helps loosen up the resin. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Follow steps 1-3 from method 1 to prepare your bong and its parts for cleaning.
  2. Place the smaller parts in resealable plastic bags and fill them with enough white vinegar to cover them completely. For the bong itself, pour some vinegar inside until it covers the bottom and sides.
  3. Add some baking soda to each bag and to the bong. You will see some bubbles forming as the vinegar reacts with the baking soda.
  4. Seal the bags and plug the holes of the bong with paper towels or rubber stoppers. Shake them gently for a minute or two, then let them soak for at least an hour. You can also leave them overnight for a deeper clean.
  5. Pour out the vinegar/baking soda mixture and rinse everything with warm water and dish soap. Make sure there is no vinegar or baking soda left inside.
  6. Let everything dry completely before using it again. You can use a hairdryer or a fan to speed up the process.

Method 3: Lemon Juice and Boiling Water

This is another natural method that uses lemon juice as a cleaning agent. Lemon juice is acidic and can help dissolve the resin in your glass bong. It also has a pleasant smell that can mask any unpleasant odors from your smoke. Boiling water helps sanitize your bong and remove any remaining residue. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Follow steps 1-3 from method 1 to prepare your bong and its parts for cleaning.
  2. Place the smaller parts in resealable plastic bags and fill them with enough lemon juice to cover them completely. For the bong itself, pour some lemon juice inside until it covers the bottom and sides.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil on the stove. Be careful not to overfill the pot, as the water will bubble up when you add the lemon juice.
  4. Add some lemon juice to the boiling water and stir. The amount of lemon juice depends on how much water you have, but a good ratio is about 1/4 cup of lemon juice per liter of water.
  5. Carefully lower the bags with the smaller parts into the boiling water and let them simmer for about 15 minutes. You can use tongs or a slotted spoon to do this.
  6. For the bong itself, pour the boiling water/lemon juice mixture inside until it fills up completely. Be very careful not to burn yourself or spill any water. You can use a funnel or a measuring cup to do this.
  7. Let everything soak for about 15 minutes, then pour out the water/lemon juice mixture and rinse everything with cold water. Make sure there is no lemon juice left inside.
  8. Let everything dry completely before using it again. You can use a hairdryer or a fan to speed up the process.

Tips and Warnings

  • Change the water in your bong after every smoke session to avoid inhaling mold and bacteria. This will also make your bong easier to clean later.
  • Clean your bong roughly once a week to ensure you get the safest, best tasting smoke. If you smoke a lot or have a very dirty bong, you may need to clean it more often.
  • If you have any stubborn stains or spots that won’t come off with these methods, you can use a pipe brush or a toothbrush to scrub them gently. You can also soak them in alcohol or vinegar for longer.
  • Do not use bleach, ammonia, or any other harsh chemicals to clean your glass bong. They can damage your bong, leave harmful residues, and cause health problems.
  • Do not use boiling water on a cold glass bong, as this can cause it to crack or shatter. Always warm up your bong gradually before using hot water.
  • Do not use metal utensils or tools to scrape or poke your glass bong, as this can scratch or break it. Use soft materials like cotton swabs, pipe cleaners, or paper towels instead.

Cleaning your glass bong doesn’t have to be a hassle or an expense. You can use some simple household items or natural products that are safe, effective, and cheap. By following these methods, you can keep your bong sparkling and shiny, and enjoy a smoother, cleaner, and more flavorful smoke.