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Find Peace By Cleaning Your Piece: How To Clean A Bong

Bong | Source: Unsplash

So you’ve taken one too many snaps, and now your bong looks like something out of a 1970s anti-smoking ad. 

Hard times call for desperate measures, so you are probably still taking chops out of your nicely clogged week-old bong, and that is a problem. Fear not, because in this article, we’ll teach you how to clean your bong in 8 easy steps then, you can show your friends how very “pothead” you are by cleaning your beloved new piece.

Guessing from the fact that you do not know how to clean a bong, I’m assuming you are new to the whole smoking scene. Well, let me welcome you to the closest-knit community ever, stoners. I hope you enjoy your stay.

Why is Cleaning A Bong So Important? 

Listen up, fellow tokers! Cleaning your bong is crucial if you want to maximize your smoking experience. Nobody wants to taste old, funky resin when they’re trying to enjoy their herb, are we right? 

A dirty bong can affect the taste and quality of your smoke, and nobody wants to taste old resin and leftover ash. Not only that, but a dirty bong can be a breeding ground for bacteria and other nasty stuff, which can lead to health problems if not properly cleaned. 

Let’s face it; a clean bong just looks nicer and more inviting than a crusty, gunked-up one. So, take a few minutes to clean your bong and you’ll be rewarded with smoother hits, better taste, and a sparkling piece that you can proudly show off to your friends.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Isopropyl Formulation | Source: Wikimedia Commons

First things first, you’ll need to gather your supplies. What do you need, you ask? Well, grab yourself some isopropyl alcohol and salt. And while you’re at it, why not grab a snack or two to keep you fueled up during the cleaning process? Cleaning a bong is a serious task, after all.

Step 2: Empty Your Bong

Now that you’ve got your supplies ready, it’s time to start cleaning. But before we get into the nitty-gritty, make sure your bong is completely empty. You don’t want any residual gunk getting in the way of your cleaning process. And trust us, we’ve seen it happen. One time, our friend forgot to empty their bong before cleaning it and ended up making a huge mess. Don’t be like our friend.

Step 3: Add Isopropyl Alcohol

Once your bong is empty, it’s time to add the isopropyl alcohol. Pour a couple of inches into your bong, making sure it covers the entire inside of the piece. And while we’re on the topic of pouring, a word of caution: don’t drink the alcohol! We know it might look tempting, but trust us, it won’t end well.

Step 4: Add Salt

Salt Shakers for Cleaning Bong | Source:

Wikimedia Commons 

Next up, add a few tablespoons of salt to your bong. The salt will help to scrub away any stubborn residue that may have built up over time. Just make sure you don’t mistake the salt for sugar. We’ve heard some horror stories about that.

Step 5: Cover and Shake

Now it’s time to get shaking! Cover the openings of your bong and shake it vigorously. We know, we know, it’s like a mini workout, but trust us, your bong will thank you for it. And if you need some motivation, just think of the Shake Weight. Hey, if they can make a product out of shaking, we can make cleaning our bongs fun too.

Step 6: Rinse and Repeat

Once you’ve given your bong a good shake, it’s time to rinse it out with warm water. But don’t stop there. Repeat the process of adding alcohol and salt, covering, and shaking until your bong is sparkling clean. And trust us, you’ll know when it’s clean. The glass will be so clear, you’ll be able to see your reflection in it.

Step 7: Dry Your Bong

Now that your bong is clean, it’s time to dry it off. Use a clean towel or paper towel to dry the inside of your bong. And remember, drying is a high priority. You don’t want any water droplets left behind that could dilute your next hit.

Step 8: Enjoy Your Sparkling Clean Bong

Smoking a Bong | Source: Unsplash

Congratulations, you’ve successfully cleaned your bong! Take a moment to appreciate your handiwork and enjoy a well-deserved hit. Don’t forget; regular cleaning is key to optimal smoking enjoyment.


Take caution because once you have mastered this skill it is more than likely that you will become the designated bong cleaner, so spread the word and educate your circle.

Key Takeaways! 

​​Cleaning your bong may seem like a daunting task, but with these 8 easy steps, you can have your beloved piece looking like new in no time. So let’s recap:

● Step 1: Gather your supplies – bong, salt, and isopropyl alcohol.

● Step 2: Add isopropyl alcohol to your bong.

● Step 3: Pour in the salt.

● Step 4: Shake it up!

● Step 5: Rinse out your bong.

● Step 6: Clean your bowl and downstem.

● Step 7: Let everything dry.

● Step 8: Enjoy your sparkling clean bong!

Just like that, you’re a bong-cleaning expert! Now go ahead and take a fat rip out of that fresh and clean piece. Happy smoking!

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