A bong, also known as a water pipe, is one of the most popular tools for smoking herb or tobacco. It uses water to cool and filter the smoke, making it smoother and less harsh on the lungs. However, over time, the bong can get dirty and clogged with resin, ash and bacteria, which can affect the taste and quality of the smoke. That’s why it’s important to clean your bong regularly and keep it in good condition.
There are many ways to clean a bong, but one of the simplest and most effective methods is using alcohol and salt. Alcohol is a powerful solvent that can dissolve the sticky resin and kill the germs in the bong. Salt acts as an abrasive that can scrub away the stubborn stains and residue. Together, they can make your bong look shiny and new again.
In this blog post, we will show you how to clean a bong with alcohol and salt in a few easy steps. You will need the following materials:
- A dirty bong
- Coarse salt (such as sea salt, Epsom salt or rock salt)
- Isopropyl alcohol (91% or 99%)
- Two large zipper storage bags
- Rubber stoppers or bong plugs
- A towel
- Water and soap
Step 1: Disassemble the bong
The first step is to take apart the bong and remove any detachable parts, such as the bowl, the stem, the downstem and the percolator (if any). Rinse them with water to get rid of any loose debris and ash. If they are too dirty or clogged, you may need to soak them in alcohol separately.
Step 2: Pour salt into the bong
The next step is to pour some coarse salt into the bong. The amount of salt depends on the size of your bong, but you should use enough to cover the bottom and reach the sides of the glass. The salt will help to scrub away the resin and dirt inside the bong.
Step 3: Pour alcohol into the bong
After adding the salt, pour some isopropyl alcohol into the bong. You should use enough alcohol to fill at least half of the bong. The alcohol will dissolve the resin and kill any bacteria or mold in the bong.
Step 4: Plug the openings of the bong
Before shaking the bong, you need to plug the openings of the bong to prevent any leakage or spillage. You can use rubber stoppers or bong plugs that fit snugly into the mouthpiece and the joint of the bong. Alternatively, you can use plastic wrap and rubber bands to seal them.
Step 5: Shake the bong vigorously
Now comes the fun part: shaking the bong. Hold the bong firmly with both hands and shake it vigorously for about five minutes. You should see the alcohol turning brown or green as it mixes with the resin and dirt. You may also hear some cracking or popping sounds as the salt scrubs away the residue.
Step 6: Rinse the bong with hot water
After shaking the bong, you need to rinse it with hot water to remove any remaining alcohol, salt and resin. Pour out the dirty solution from the bong and run hot water through it until it comes out clear. You may need to repeat this step several times until there is no trace of alcohol or salt left in the bong.
Step 7: Clean the detachable parts
If you soaked your detachable parts in alcohol separately, you need to clean them as well. Take them out of their bags and rinse them with hot water. You may also need to use a pipe cleaner or a cotton swab to reach any hard-to-clean areas.
Step 8: Dry and reassemble the bong
The final step is to dry and reassemble your bong. Use a towel to wipe off any excess water from your bong and its parts. Then put them back together and enjoy your clean and fresh-smelling bong.
That’s it! You have successfully cleaned your bong with alcohol and salt. This method is easy, cheap and effective, and you can use it to clean any type of bong, whether it’s glass, ceramic, metal or plastic. You should clean your bong at least once a week to prevent any buildup of resin, bacteria or mold. A clean bong will give you a better smoking experience and a healthier lung.
If you have any questions or comments about how to clean a bong with alcohol, feel free to leave them below. Happy smoking!