How to Clean a Silicone Bong

Silicone bongs are a great choice for anyone who wants a durable, flexible, and affordable water pipe. They come in various shapes, sizes, and colors, and they are easy to store and transport. However, like any other smoking device, silicone bongs need to be cleaned regularly to ensure optimal performance and flavor. In this blog post, we will show you how to clean a silicone bong using simple household items and methods.

Why You Should Clean Your Silicone Bong

Cleaning your silicone bong is not only hygienic, but also beneficial for your smoking experience. Here are some reasons why you should clean your silicone bong:

  • It prevents the buildup of resin, tar, ash, and bacteria that can clog the airflow and affect the taste and smell of your herb or tobacco.
  • It reduces the risk of mold and mildew growth that can pose health hazards and damage your silicone bong.
  • It preserves the quality and longevity of your silicone bong by preventing discoloration, cracking, and tearing.
  • It enhances the flavor and smoothness of your smoke by removing any unwanted residues and odors.

How Often You Should Clean Your Silicone Bong

The frequency of cleaning your silicone bong depends on how often you use it and what you smoke in it. Generally, you should clean your silicone bong after every use or at least once a week. This will prevent the accumulation of dirt and grime that can be harder to remove later on. However, if you notice any signs of mold or mildew, or if your silicone bong smells or tastes bad, you should clean it immediately.

How to Clean Your Silicone Bong

There are different methods to clean your silicone bong, depending on the materials and tools available. Some common steps are to empty and rinse the bong with warm water, fill it with water and a cleaning agent (such as boiling water, dish soap, salt, bleach, or vinegar), and let it soak for a period of time. Then, use cotton swabs, pipe cleaners, bottle brushes, paper towels, dry cloths, or earbuds to remove any remaining residue from the bong parts.

Here are some specific methods you can try:

The Dishwasher Method

This method is good for lightly used silicone bongs that are dishwasher safe. Simply place your silicone bong on the top rack of your dishwasher, add some dish soap or detergent, and run it for a few cycles. Make sure to remove the bowl and downstem before putting them in the dishwasher. You can also wash them separately by hand with warm water and dish soap.

The Lemon Juice/Vinegar Method

This method is good for removing stains and odors from your silicone bong. First, boil a pot of water (the amount depends on how big your bong is) and place your silicone bong into it. Then squeeze half a lemon or add a few tablespoons of vinegar to the water. Let it rest for about 10 minutes then put on some gloves and use a towel or sponge to scrub your bong. Rinse well with clean water and let it air dry.

The Baking Soda Method

This method is good for deep cleaning your silicone bong. First, put on some gloves and pre-soak your silicone bong with warm water. Then use a cloth or towel to dip some baking soda and rub it onto the bong until it forms a thin layer of bubbles. Repeat until you cover all the surface of the bong then place it into the sink and soak it with the rest of the baking soda water for a couple of hours. After soaking, rinse the bong under running water and let it air dry.

Tips for Cleaning Your Silicone Bong

  • Avoid using harsh chemicals such as alcohol, acetone, or nail polish remover as they can damage the silicone material.
  • Avoid using metal tools such as knives or scissors as they can scratch or cut the silicone surface.
  • Avoid exposing your silicone bong to direct sunlight or high temperatures as they can cause fading or warping.
  • Avoid storing your silicone bong in humid or damp places as they can promote mold or mildew growth.
  • Avoid smoking anything other than herb or tobacco in your silicone bong as they can leave behind harmful residues.


Cleaning your silicone bong is easy and only takes a few minutes. By following the methods and tips we have shared, you can keep your silicone bong in good shape and enjoy a smooth and flavorful smoke every time. Happy toking!