How to Clean a Bong with Household Items


If you enjoy smoking from a bong, you know how important it is to keep it clean and fresh. A dirty bong can ruin the taste of your herb or tobacco, and expose you to harmful bacteria and mold. Fortunately, you don’t need to buy expensive or specialized products to clean your bong. You can use some common household items that you probably already have in your kitchen or bathroom. Here are some easy steps to clean your bong with household items.

What You’ll Need

  • A bong
  • Warm water
  • Coarse salt, rice, or baking soda
  • Isopropyl alcohol, vinegar, or dish soap
  • Cotton swabs, pipe cleaners, bottle brushes, paper towels, dry cloths, or earbuds
  • Lemon juice or white vinegar (optional)

Step 1: Disassemble Your Bong

Take apart your bong and remove all the removable pieces, such as the mouthpiece, the pipe, the bowl, and the downstem. Check for any damage or cracks and replace any broken parts before using your bong again. Empty out any old water and herb or tobacco residue from the base of the bong and rinse it with warm water to remove any loose particles.

Step 2: Add an Abrasive and a Cleaner to Your Bong

Fill the base of your bong with warm water and add some coarse salt, rice, or baking soda as an abrasive. These substances will help scrub away any stubborn stains or build-up inside your bong. Then add some isopropyl alcohol, vinegar, or dish soap as a cleaner. These liquids will help dissolve any sticky or oily residue and disinfect your bong. The stronger the alcohol or vinegar, the better. Ideally, you would use one over 90%.

Step 3: Plug the Holes and Shake It Up

Use your hands, fingers, thumbs, or some plastic wrap to plug or block the open holes of the bong, such as the mouthpiece and the pipe hole. This will prevent the cleaning solution from spilling out and making a mess. Shake your bong vigorously for about five minutes to let the abrasive and cleaner work their magic. You should see the water turning brown or yellow as it removes the dirt from your bong.

Step 4: Rinse and Repeat

Pour out the dirty cleaning solution into a sink and rinse your bong thoroughly with clean water. Repeat the cleaning process as many times as you need to until your bong looks sparkling clean. You can also use some cotton swabs, pipe cleaners, bottle brushes, paper towels, dry cloths, or earbuds to reach any hard-to-clean areas or spots.

Step 5: Give Your Bong a Nice Shine

To make your bong look even more shiny and polished, you can soak it for 10-15 minutes in warm water with some lemon juice or white vinegar added. This will help remove any water marks or odors from your bong. When done, make sure you dry your bong completely with a soft cloth or paper towel.

Congratulations! You Have a Clean Bong!

You have successfully cleaned your bong with household items! Now you can enjoy smoking from a fresh and hygienic piece that will enhance the flavor and quality of your herb or tobacco. Remember to clean your bong regularly to prevent any nasty build-up or infection. Happy smoking!