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 look unsightly. 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, which helps to scrub off the sticky resin and tar that accumulates in the chamber, the bowl, and the downstem. It is also alkaline, which helps to neutralize the acidic and smelly bong water. Baking soda is also cheap, eco-friendly, and easy to use.
In this blog post, we will show you how to clean a bong with baking soda in four easy steps. You will need:
- A dirty bong
- Baking soda
- Warm water
- Vinegar (optional)
- A large pot (optional)
- A sandwich bag
- A long cleaning brush or pipe cleaner
- Latex gloves
Step 1: Disassemble and rinse your bong
The first thing you need to do is to take apart your bong and remove any loose debris. Take out the bowl and the downstem and place them in a sandwich bag. Pour out the old bong water and any spent herb or tobacco. Rinse the bong with warm water to get rid of any solid particles. You can also rinse the bowl and the downstem in the bag.
Step 2: Add baking soda and water to your bong
Next, you need to add some baking soda and water to your bong to create a paste that will coat the inside of the chamber. You can use a spoon or a funnel to pour some baking soda into the mouthpiece of your bong. You can also add some baking soda to the sandwich bag with the bowl and the downstem. Then, fill the bong and the bag with warm water and shake them well. Let them sit for an hour or more, depending on how dirty your bong is.
Step 3: Add vinegar for extra cleaning power (optional)
If your bong is very dirty or stained, you can add some vinegar to boost the cleaning power of baking soda. Vinegar is acidic, which helps to dissolve the resin and tar that baking soda alone might not remove. Vinegar also helps to deodorize your bong and make it smell fresh.
To use vinegar, you can either pour it directly into the chamber of your bong or into a large pot. If you use a pot, you can also submerge the bowl and the downstem in it. Then, add some baking soda and watch the mixture bubble up. This means that the vinegar and baking soda are reacting and loosening up the dirt. Leave it for five minutes and then rinse with warm water.
Step 4: Scrub and rinse your bong
The final step is to scrub and rinse your bong until it is sparkling clean. Use a long cleaning brush or pipe cleaner to reach all the corners and crevices of your bong. Pay special attention to the bottom of the chamber, where most of the resin accumulates. You can also use a toothpick or a cotton swab to clean the bowl and the downstem.
Once you have scrubbed everything well, rinse your bong with warm water until all traces of baking soda and vinegar are gone. You can also smell your bong to make sure it doesn’t have any unpleasant odors left. Dry your bong with a towel or let it air dry before reassembling it.
Congratulations! You have successfully cleaned your bong with baking soda. Now you can enjoy smoking from a fresh and clean water pipe that will enhance the flavor of your herb or tobacco.