How to Clean a Silicone Bong

Silicone bongs are becoming more popular among herb and tobacco enthusiasts because of their durability, flexibility, affordability and variety of styles and colors. However, like any other smoking device, silicone bongs need to be cleaned regularly to ensure optimal performance and hygiene. In this blog post, we will show you how to clean a silicone bong using three simple methods: soap and water, freezer and alcohol and salt.

Method 1: Soap and Water

This method is the easiest and most convenient way to clean a silicone bong. All you need are some basic household items: a baby bottle brush, your favorite liquid dish soap and running water. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Take out the bowl and downstem from the bong and put them aside on a safe place. You can clean them separately using pipe cleaners or cotton swabs.
  2. Dump out the used bong water in the sink and let hot water run through the bong for a couple of minutes. Shake the bong to help loosen and dissolve the resin.
  3. Take your liquid soap and pour a generous amount around the inside of the smoke chamber as well as the base. Push the bottle brush inside the silicone bong and scrub the bong firmly but not too hard. Make sure to reach inside the deepest part of the bong to clear out the resin. Don’t be afraid to twist and bend your silicone bong as you clean it to ensure that the brush reaches hard-to-reach areas. You can also clean the joint using the same brush. However, do this very carefully. You don’t want to cause a tear on the joint.
  4. If your bong comes with a silicone downstem, you can use pipe cleaners to scrub the inside thoroughly.
  5. Rinse off the soap and residue thoroughly with warm water.
  6. Lay upside down on a dish rack to dry. Make sure there are no other plates beneath the bong in case you weren’t able to get rid of the smell of the resin.

This method is best done right after using your bong, when the resin is still soft and easy to remove. You can also add some baking soda or vinegar to the water for extra cleaning power.

Method 2: Freezer

This method is perfect for those who are too tired at the end of a good session to clean their bong. It involves freezing the resin inside the bong and then breaking it off with your hands or a tool. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Take out the bowl and downstem from the bong and put them aside on a safe place.
  2. Rinse the bong thoroughly with warm water to take out any ash and other residue. Shake out the water so that it’s wet but not holding in too much water that will solidify into a block of ice. What you need is a good film of water to coat around the inner walls of the bong.
  3. Put your bong in a plastic bag or wrap it with plastic wrap to prevent any smells from escaping.
  4. Place your bong in the freezer for at least 12 hours or until it’s completely frozen.
  5. Take out your bong from the freezer and remove it from the plastic bag or wrap.
  6. Gently squeeze and bend your bong to break off the frozen resin. You can also use a wooden spoon or a butter knife to scrape off any stubborn pieces.
  7. Rinse your bong with warm water to remove any remaining bits of resin.
  8. Lay upside down on a dish rack to dry.

This method is great for removing large amounts of resin without using any chemicals or solvents. However, it may not be very effective for removing stains or odors from your bong.

Method 3: Alcohol and Salt

This method is similar to how you would clean a glass bong, but with some modifications for silicone. It involves using rubbing alcohol and coarse salt as a solvent and scrubber to dissolve and remove resin from your bong. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Take out the bowl and downstem from the bong and put them aside on a safe place.
  2. Dump out the used bong water in the sink and rinse your bong with warm water.
  3. Add at least half a cup of rubbing alcohol to the bong. You can use higher concentrations of alcohol for better results, but avoid using anything above 91% as it may damage the silicone.
  4. Add a few tablespoons of coarse salt to the bong. You can use kosher salt, sea salt or Epsom salt for this purpose.
  5. Cover the openings of the bong with plastic wrap or your hands and shake the bong vigorously for several minutes. The alcohol and salt will work together to dissolve and scrub away the resin from your bong.
  6. Pour out the alcohol and salt mixture and rinse your bong with warm water.
  7. Repeat the process if necessary until your bong is clean and shiny.
  8. Lay upside down on a dish rack to dry.

This method is very effective for removing resin, stains and odors from your bong. However, you should be careful not to spill or inhale the alcohol and salt mixture as it can be harmful to your health. You should also wear gloves and work in a well-ventilated area to avoid any skin or respiratory irritation.

Conclusion

Now you know how to clean a silicone bong using three simple methods: soap and water, freezer and alcohol and salt. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages, so you can choose the one that suits your needs and preferences. Cleaning your silicone bong regularly will help you enjoy smoother, cleaner and tastier hits from your herb or tobacco. It will also extend the lifespan of your bong and prevent any mold or bacteria growth. So, don’t be lazy and keep your silicone bong clean and fresh!

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