How to Clean a Bong with Alcohol


A bong is a device that allows you to smoke herbs or tobacco through water filtration, which cools and filters the smoke. However, over time, the bong can get dirty and clogged with resin, tar, and bacteria, which can affect the taste and quality of your smoke. Moreover, a dirty bong can pose health risks, such as lung infections and pneumonia, due to the growth of mold and biofilm in the water and the resin.

Therefore, it is important to clean your bong regularly and properly to ensure a safe and enjoyable smoking experience. In this blog post, we will show you how to clean a bong with alcohol, which is one of the most effective and affordable methods to remove the stubborn stains and residues from your glass piece.

What You Need

To clean a bong with alcohol, you will need the following items:

  • A glass bong
  • Isopropyl alcohol (91% or 99%)
  • Coarse salt (such as table salt, Epsom salt, rock salt, or Himalayan salt)
  • Resealable plastic bags
  • Cotton balls or paper towels
  • Pipe cleaners or brushes
  • Hot water
  • Dish soap
  • A towel or cloth

Step-by-Step Guide

Follow these steps to clean your bong with alcohol:

  1. Remove the bowl, stem, and any other detachable parts from your bong. Rinse them with hot water to get rid of any loose debris.
  2. Place each part in a separate resealable plastic bag. Add some coarse salt to each bag. The salt will act as an abrasive to scrub away the resin.
  3. Pour enough isopropyl alcohol into each bag to cover the parts completely. The alcohol will dissolve the resin and kill any bacteria or mold.
  4. Seal the bags tightly and shake them vigorously for a few minutes. You should see the alcohol turning brown as it removes the dirt from the parts.
  5. Let the parts soak in the alcohol for at least 15 minutes, or longer if they are very dirty. You can also repeat the shaking process every few minutes to speed up the cleaning.
  6. In the meantime, pour some coarse salt into your bong. Then fill it with isopropyl alcohol until it reaches about halfway up the chamber.
  7. Cover the mouthpiece and the joint of your bong with cotton balls or paper towels. Secure them with rubber bands or tape.
  8. Shake your bong gently for a few minutes, making sure that the alcohol and salt mixture reaches every part of the chamber.
  9. Let your bong soak in the alcohol for at least 15 minutes, or longer if it is very dirty. You can also repeat the shaking process every few minutes to speed up the cleaning.
  10. After soaking, drain the alcohol from your bong and rinse it thoroughly with hot water. You can also add some dish soap to help remove any remaining residue or odor.
  11. Drain the alcohol from the plastic bags and rinse the parts thoroughly with hot water. You can also use pipe cleaners or brushes to clean any hard-to-reach areas.
  12. Dry your bong and its parts with a towel or cloth. Make sure they are completely dry before reassembling and using them.

Tips and Tricks

Here are some tips and tricks to make your bong cleaning easier and more effective:

  • If you don’t have isopropyl alcohol, you can use vinegar instead. Vinegar is also acidic and can dissolve resin and kill bacteria. However, it may not be as strong as alcohol and may leave a stronger smell.
  • If you don’t have coarse salt, you can use rice instead. Rice is also abrasive and can scrub away resin. However, it may not be as effective as salt and may clog your bong or its parts if not rinsed well.
  • If you want to prevent your bong from getting too dirty in the first place, change the water after every smoking session. This will prevent mold and bacteria from growing in the water and reduce resin buildup.
  • If you want to make your bong smell fresh and pleasant, you can add some lemon juice or baking soda to the water. These natural ingredients can neutralize odors and add some flavor to your smoke.
  • If you want to avoid using harsh chemicals to clean your bong, you can opt for organic or natural cleaners that are specially designed for bongs. These cleaners are usually made from plant-based ingredients and are biodegradable and eco-friendly. However, they may be more expensive and less available than alcohol and salt.


Cleaning your bong with alcohol is a simple and effective way to keep it in good shape and ensure a smooth and tasty smoke. All you need is some isopropyl alcohol, coarse salt, resealable plastic bags, and some basic tools. By following the steps above, you can easily remove the resin, tar, bacteria, and mold from your glass piece and make it look brand new.

Remember to clean your bong regularly and properly to avoid health risks and enjoy your herbs or tobacco to the fullest. Happy smoking!