If you enjoy smoking herb or tobacco from a glass bong, you probably know how unpleasant the smell can be after a few sessions. The resin and tar that build up on the inside of your bong can create a foul odor that can linger in your room and even affect the taste of your smoke. Not to mention, the bacteria and mold that can grow in the stagnant water and make you sick.
Fortunately, there are some simple and natural ways to clean your glass bong and get rid of the smell without using harsh chemicals or spending too much time and money. In this blog post, we will show you how to properly clean your bong, according to cannabis experts, using some household items that you probably already have. Follow these steps and enjoy a fresh and sparkling bong every time!
What You Will Need
To clean your glass bong, you will need the following items:
- A resealable plastic bag or a food storage tub
- 91% or 99% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
- Coarse salt, such as Epsom or rock salt
- A bong brush or a sponge
- A cotton swab
- Hot water
- Distilled vinegar or lemon juice (optional)
- A cleaning cloth (optional)
Step 1: Cleaning the Removable Parts
The first step is to detach the smaller parts from the bong, such as the bowl, the slide, and the stem. Rinse them with hot water for 1-2 minutes to loosen any stubborn debris and wash away any bits that aren’t especially stuck. You can also use a cotton swab to scrub away any particularly large debris, which will save you some effort later. Wear latex gloves to avoid having the smell transfer to your hands.
Next, place the parts in a plastic bag or a food storage tub and add enough isopropyl alcohol to cover them. Then, add 1-2 tablespoons of coarse salt and seal the bag or tub. Shake it gently for 2-3 minutes, distributing the abrasive salt into the nooks and crannies of the small parts. Be careful not to shake too roughly or damage the bong parts. Then, let them soak for 4-5 hours to let the alcohol work its way into the gunk and grime.
Step 2: Cleaning the Bong
While the small parts are soaking, you can focus on cleaning the bong itself. Fill it halfway with isopropyl alcohol and add 4 tablespoons of salt. Then, cover the openings with your hands or some plastic wrap and shake it over the sink for 4-5 minutes. The alcohol and salt will help dissolve and scrub away the resin and tar from the inside of your bong.
After shaking, pour out the dirty alcohol-salt mixture and rinse your bong with hot water. Then, use a bong brush or a sponge to scrub the inside of your bong with soap and water. Make sure you reach all the corners and curves of your bong and remove any remaining residue. Rinse it again with hot water and let it air dry for about an hour.
Step 3: Finishing Touches
After soaking for 4-5 hours, take out the small parts from the bag or tub and rinse them with hot water. Use a cotton swab to remove any stubborn bits of resin or tar that may still be stuck. Then, reattach them to your bong and admire your clean piece.
If you want to give your glass bong an extra shine and remove any fingerprints or water stains, you can use distilled vinegar or lemon juice as a natural cleaner. Ideally, you’ll use distilled vinegar because it has a less intense smell. Put some vinegar on the cleaning cloth and wipe the surface of your bong. Fingerprints and water stains should come off easily.
Cleaning your glass bong regularly is important for many reasons. It improves the taste and smell of your smoke, prevents bacteria and mold growth, and makes your piece look more attractive. Plus, it’s not hard to do if you follow these simple steps and use some natural ingredients that you probably have at home.
We hope this blog post has helped you learn how to get rid of the smell of a glass bong after using it. Remember to rinse your bong after every use and clean it thoroughly at least once a week to keep it fresh and sparkling. Happy smoking!