How To Clean Bongs
Ever wondered how to clean bongs? If you have a bong and are looking to clean it the correct way, you’re on the right page. In the following few sections, we will learn all about the various methods you might want to try to implement for thoroughly cleaning your bongs.
So, if you’ve ever been curious about how to keep your bongs perfectly shiny, here’s everything you need to know.
Cleaning Glass Bongs
While glass bongs are exceptionally beautiful, they are often fragile and require consistent maintenance. That is one of the many reasons why you need to clean your glass bongs even more carefully. But how do you even start with that?
Well, here’s the deal. Follow these simple steps to start and finish the task like a pro!
As a first step, you need to get rid of the stem as well as the bowl. If you already use bongs, you probably know that this is the section where cannabis is typically placed. You might want to pop it out right before the cleanup. Why? Because it will simplify the process of cleaning the bong. In the majority of cases, it is not a good idea to have a wet bowl, especially when you are getting the water transferred.
You probably know by now that the water in your bong can often get quite sticky. To make things worse, it may even develop resinous qualities. That is why it is not the best idea to directly transfer it to the drain if you have permissible situations. The best way is to pour the old water in a well-sealed trash container or any other container that comes with proper sealing. You can also dispose of it in any garbage disposal.
As a third step, you need to keep the bong in a zip-lock bag. These bags are usually large, and they can accommodate every type of mess regardless of the volume. So, if you want the mess to be contained, this is your way forward.
In case you don’t exactly have this kind of bag, you might want to repeat the mentioned steps in any regular trash bag or better yet, in your sink. However, if you are employing the second method, exercise proper caution because the resin from the bong may remain as a trace amount on the sides of the sink.
As a fourth step, you need to add some isopropyl alcohol to your bong. Make sure the alcohol is poured right at the top and in an accurate quantity of 16 ounces. The quantity, however, may vary according to your bong’s size. If you are still unsure, make sure there is ample alcohol so that the bong is at least half-filled out. In case you are using some pre-made concoction of isopropyl alcohol, you might want to follow the same steps as with the alcohol.
Once you’re done adding the alcohol, it’s time to add some salt to your bong. This will enable scrubbing the interiors of the bong and help get rid of the resin completely. The alcohol is especially useful in doing the cleanup whereas the salt ensures that the edges of the bong are clean, without any traces of build-up. While cleaning the bong with salt, use it in copious amounts for a thorough and consistent scrub.
This is the messiest part of it. At this stage, you need to seal your disposal bag and give it a little shake with the alcohol-salt concoction. Make sure, it touches every part of your bong interiors. Once you’re done completing this step, make sure the alcohol concoction sits within the bong for at least half an hour.
While this isn’t mandatory, the soaking will certainly improve the alcohol’s efficiency in thoroughly cleaning your glass.
When you are done, you can transfer the water from the bong to your disposal bag. Next, you can directly dump it in the garbage disposal, wet waste section, or in the sink, whatever best suits you.
As a seventh step, we recommend rinsing the bong with some lukewarm water mixed with soap. This is one of the simplest ways to remove trace amounts of alcohol and salt even before you use the bong for the next time.
This step is extremely important because alcohol can easily catch fire leaving your bong in disaster. In most cases, a simple mix of dish soap and warm water does the trick and effectively breaks down the trace elements.
For the final step, you will need a quality pipe cleaner. Now use this device to give a thorough scrub to your bong interiors and exteriors. This will help you get rid of the last bit of resin from the bong surface. It is best to give a rinse with warm water. Additionally, you need to make sure it is completely dry even before you load it with a new batch of marijuana or cannabis.
Cleaning Your Bong Pipe Without Alcohol
As you would probably guess from the previous section, alcohol is commonly used for cleaning bongs. That is why we recommended using rubbing alcohol like Isopropyl alcohol and the likes. As you would probably know, isopropyl alcohol is completely safe. Regardless, certain users prefer giving the cleanup without using the alcohol.
How To Clean A Bong With Simmering Water
Even though this process might be complex and lengthy, it will certainly deliver satisfactory results. As a first step, you need to fill a pot with cold water and the bong before heating the water up.
If the water is excessively hot, the glass pipe will easily develop cracks. What’s more, the water will evaporate and leave certain parts of the bong fully exposed. Make sure to use a canning rack to keep the bong from touching the bottom of the pot.
Start with medium-low heat, and heat the water up slowly. At this point, you need your bong submerged in that simmering water for half an hour. Remember, you need to be present all the time because the process itself is extremely delicate.
Carefully remove the bong from water once done and carefully set it aside to be able to cool down. Once done and fully cooled down, then rinse it off with water, and use a pipe cleaner for a complete cleanup.
How To Clean A Bong With Lemon Water
You can also clean your glass bong with a lemon water concoction. As evident from the title, you would need some lemon that you need to add to simmering water. Make sure the water gets a full boil and gradually release the juice to your bong. Make sure you are following the same steps above.
Certain users also recommend purified water for the process. In case you believe this to deliver better results, you might want to try it out.
Once you’re done with the concoction of warm water and lemon, you might want to put that in your bong, give it a thorough shake, and let the mix rest for at least five minutes. As you do this, the acid cleaves out from the lemon and starts to work on the dirt and deposits.
Like any other standard cleaning process, once you are done with the cleaning, drain the mixture somewhere safe and rinse your bong thoroughly with lukewarm water. You might want to repeat this step a couple of times until you get your desired level of cleanliness.
How To Clean A Bong With White Vinegar and Baking Soda
Again, this one’s for anyone who wants an excellent replacement for alcohol. In addition to lemon water and the simmering water step, you can also use a mix of baking soda and vinegar. Just add both the ingredients to your bong and place the entire thing in a hardy and disposable trash bag.
Allow the mixture to sit for a couple of hours. Even though the process is just as long as the previous one, it helps you give a consistent clean-up to your bong pipe.
How To Clean A Bong With Salt
This is yet another popular way to clean bongs. The process is simple and unlike the others, it is also fairly fast. To start, you will need to add three large tablespoons of salt inside your bong pipe. Directly add the salt from the device’s mouthpiece. While you may be tempted to use fine-grained salt, we would recommend coarse salt because it tends to work better.
The next step is to add some lukewarm water to your bong until it is right under the line of the shaft. At this stage, you might even need to cover the hole of the shaft or any other hole of your bong’s mouthpiece. Give a bong a good stir and repeat the process for a couple of minutes.
Continue to rinse the bong with a concoction of salt and hot water to get your bong spick and span. Finally, rinse the bong until you’ve fully gotten rid of the salt.
In case your bong isn’t heavily dirty, you can also do a quick clean with the numerous bong cleaners available in the market. Even though some of these products are tailored for tobacco pipes, they work just as well when it comes to bong pipes and their reputation is excellent when it comes to doing a good cleaning job.
Regardless of the commercial cleaner, you are using, don’t forget to give it a thorough shake. For better results, you might even want to add salt to it. When you finally have the chemical mix along with the salt, give it another final shake and a good rinse following the cleaning process.
Either way, these processes are simple and if you are not willing to use alcohol in your bongs, these might be the best two ways to go forward!
Cleaning Latex or Acrylic Bongs
As with glass, you also need to be extra careful when you are planning to give a thorough cleanup to your latex or acrylic bongs. The same applies to plastic bongs. The rule of thumb here is to use lukewarm water and a quality pipe cleaner. In case you do not have a pipe cleaner handy, you might want to use a straw.
Any other type of brush would be just as useful. But why exactly do you need these special gadgets? Well, it’s simply because alcohol can easily disintegrate and strip specific elements from the materials of the bong.
You would want to fill your bong with lukewarm water. Next, give it a good rinse in your sink. Continue the rinsing step until you find the water filly clean. You might also want to get over-the-counter cleaning agents for latex and acrylic bongs.
Cleaning Silicone Bongs
If you are looking to clean your silicone bong, you’re at just the right spot. Because these bongs are extremely fragile, you can employ one or multiple methods to clean them. One of the simplest solutions would be freezing. As you probably know that silicone is cold resistant (and also heat resistant).
That is why it is an excellent idea to keep your dirty silicone bong in the freezer for a couple of hours. When the bong is finally out, crush the inner gunk. If you smoke flowers, you might even smell tar at this stage.
Silicone doesn’t react to any polar solvent and alcohol is basically that. To optimally clean your silicone bongs just use warm water and dish soap.
Now that you have a clear insight into maintaining bongs, you will probably have an easier time cleaning them. Remember, once you follow the correct steps, cleaning your bong pipes will be a breeze!
The result? You will be left with some of the best hits with weed that smells fresh and your lungs too will be better protected from the dirt and filth that usually deposits on the surface of the bong.