How to Clean a Bong with Household Items


If you enjoy smoking herb or tobacco from a bong, you know how important it is to keep it clean and fresh. A dirty bong can ruin the taste of your smoke, harbor harmful bacteria and mold, and damage your health. 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

The first thing you need to do is to take apart your bong as much as possible. Remove all the removable pieces, such as the mouthpiece, the pipe, the bowl, and the downstem. Check for any damage or cracks on your bong and replace any broken parts before using it again. Rinse all the pieces with warm water to get rid of any loose dirt or residue.

Step 2: Add Coarse Salt and Alcohol to Your Bong

The next step is to add an abrasive and a cleaner to your bong base. The abrasive will help scrub away the stubborn stains and build-up inside your bong, while the cleaner will help dissolve and disinfect the residue. You can use coarse salt, rice, or baking soda as an abrasive, and isopropyl alcohol, vinegar, or dish soap as a cleaner. The stronger the alcohol, the better. Ideally, you would use one over 90%.

Pour some of the abrasive into your bong base until it covers the bottom. Then pour enough of the cleaner to fill about half of your bong base. You can also add some lemon juice or white vinegar for extra cleaning power and a fresh scent.

Step 3: Plug the Holes and Shake It Up

Now comes the fun part. You need to plug or block the open holes of your bong base so that the cleaning solution doesn’t spill out. You can use your hands, fingers, thumbs, or some plastic wrap and rubber bands to do this. Once you have secured the holes, shake your bong vigorously for about five minutes. This will help the abrasive and cleaner work together to remove all the gunk from your bong.

Step 4: Rinse and Repeat

After shaking your bong, empty the cleaning solution into a sink and rinse it thoroughly with warm water. Make sure there is no trace of salt, alcohol, or soap left in your bong. Repeat the cleaning process as many times as you need until your bong is sparkling clean.

Step 5: Clean the Other Pieces

Don’t forget to clean the other pieces of your bong as well. You can use the same cleaning solution as before, but instead of shaking it, you can soak the pieces in a bowl or a ziplock bag for about 15 minutes. Then use cotton swabs, pipe cleaners, bottle brushes, paper towels, dry cloths, or earbuds to remove any remaining residue from the pieces.

Step 6: Dry Your Bong

The final step is to dry your bong completely before using it again. You can use a dry cloth or paper towel to wipe off any excess water from your bong base and pieces. You can also let them air dry on a rack or a towel for a few hours.


Cleaning your bong with household items is easy and effective. It will help you enjoy a better smoking experience and protect your health from harmful bacteria and mold. All you need are some simple ingredients like salt, alcohol, vinegar, or dish soap, and some tools like cotton swabs, pipe cleaners, or bottle brushes. Follow these steps regularly to keep your bong in top shape.