How to Clean a Bong with Baking Soda

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 bacteria and mold, and clog up the airflow. Fortunately, you don’t need to buy expensive or harsh chemicals to clean your bong. You can use a simple and natural ingredient that you probably have in your kitchen: baking soda.

Baking soda is a great cleaner for bongs because it is abrasive, alkaline, and deodorizing. It can help remove the sticky resin and tar that build up in your bong over time, as well as neutralize any bad smells. Baking soda is also safe and gentle for your glass, ceramic, or silicone bong.

In this blog post, we will show you how to clean a bong with baking soda in four easy steps. You will need the following supplies:

  • A dirty bong
  • Baking soda
  • Warm water
  • Vinegar (optional)
  • A sink or basin
  • A plastic bag or container
  • A long cleaning brush or pipe cleaner
  • Latex gloves (optional)

Step 1: Disassemble and Rinse Your Bong

The first step is to take apart your bong and rinse it with warm water. Remove the bowl and downstem from the main chamber and place them in a separate plastic bag or container. You can also remove any other removable parts, such as the mouthpiece or percolator. Check for any damage, such as cracks or chips, and replace any broken pieces before using your bong again.

Next, pour out any old water and herb or tobacco residue from your bong. Rinse it well with warm water to remove any loose particles. You can also fill the chamber with warm water and shake it gently to dislodge some of the buildup.

Step 2: Add Baking Soda and Vinegar to Your Bong

The second step is to add baking soda and vinegar to your bong. These two ingredients will create a fizzy reaction that will help loosen and dissolve the resin and tar inside your bong. You can use either white vinegar or apple cider vinegar for this step.

There are two ways to do this step:

  1. Pour a mixture of water and baking soda into the mouthpiece of your bong and rinse it well. Let it sit for an hour and then rinse again. This method is good for lightly dirty bongs that just need a quick refresh. You can use about one tablespoon of baking soda per cup of water for this method.
  2. Pour half a cup of baking soda into the chamber and fill the bong with vinegar. It will bubble up and loosen the resin. Leave it for five minutes and then rinse with warm water. This method is good for heavily dirty bongs that need a deep cleaning. You can use more or less baking soda and vinegar depending on the size of your bong.

Whichever method you choose, make sure to cover the holes of your bong with your hands, fingers, or thumbs while shaking or pouring the solution. You can also wear latex gloves to protect your skin from the vinegar.

Step 3: Add Baking Soda and Vinegar to Your Bowl and Downstem

The third step is to add baking soda and vinegar to your bowl and downstem. These are the parts that get the dirtiest from smoking, so they need extra attention. You can use the same method as in step 2, but in a smaller scale.

Add some baking soda and vinegar to the plastic bag or container where you placed your bowl and downstem. Shake it well to coat them with the solution. Let them soak for five minutes or longer if they are very dirty. Then rinse them with warm water.

Step 4: Scrub and Rinse Your Bong

The final step is to scrub and rinse your bong. Use a long cleaning brush or pipe cleaner to reach inside the chamber, neck, mouthpiece, and other hard-to-reach areas of your bong. Scrub away any remaining resin or stains until your bong is sparkling clean.

Then rinse your bong thoroughly with warm water until no traces of baking soda or vinegar are left. You can also smell your bong to make sure it doesn’t have any bad odors. If it does, you can repeat the cleaning process or add some lemon juice to the water to freshen it up.

Let your bong dry completely before reassembling and using it. You can also wipe it with a soft cloth to remove any water spots or fingerprints.


Cleaning your bong with baking soda is a simple and effective way to keep it in good shape. Baking soda is a natural and cheap cleaner that can remove resin, tar, and odors from your bong. It is also gentle on your glass, ceramic, or silicone bong and won’t leave any harmful residues.

To clean your bong with baking soda, you just need to follow these four steps:

  • Disassemble and rinse your bong
  • Add baking soda and vinegar to your bong
  • Add baking soda and vinegar to your bowl and downstem
  • Scrub and rinse your bong

By doing this regularly, you can enjoy smooth and tasty hits from your bong every time. Happy smoking!