Cleaning a bong sounds like an easy task. After all, it is just water and some soap, right? Even so, there are some pretty important techniques to follow when dealing with any part of your glassware collection. For those who’ve never cleaned their bongs for sale before or know how but don’t do it on a regular basis — we’re here to remind you about this essential ritual and help guide you along the way. We’re not going to give you hard-and-fast rules for every type of piece out there because each one goes through different circumstances that can easily change your routine. Instead, we’ll keep it simple and general enough that almost everybody can benefit.
3 Ways to Clean a Bong
Before You Start Make sure you have all the items you need to get started before loading up your dirty bong. This means getting the necessary tools plus gathering up an old washcloth, some rubbing alcohol (91% isopropyl), salt, and whatever else you’re comfortable with using on your piece of choice. If you plan on getting more in-depth with your cleaning session, there are other things like activated charcoal that could be beneficial for really dirty bongs or ones with lots of built-up resin deposits.
Step 1: Soak It Down — Glass Bottle Method The first thing many people do when it comes to regular bong maintenance is fill the entire chamber with the kind of soap you’re planning on using. From there, it’s just a matter of letting the glass soak in the cleaner for about 10 to 15 minutes. If you’ve never done this before or are looking for something more effective than what you normally do, try putting alcohol (the kind mentioned above) inside the pipe and giving it another ten minutes before taking care of business! This is also helpful if your piece has just been used with concentrates because resin can get pretty tough to remove. It only takes a little while longer for things to get cleaned up good enough that you can just dump out the filtered solution once finished.
Step 2: Give It A Scrub — Soft-Bristled Brush Soaking isn’t always enough. This is why a lot of people who take their bongs very seriously use a soft-bristled brush to clean them out. The easiest way to do this is by adding some water and your specially formulated cleaner to the chamber before going over everything with the handle end of the brush. For those who don’t want to commit to using an all-purpose solution, there are plenty of bong cleaners made specifically for this process! Just be sure that you know what you’re buying because many contain harsh chemicals that can damage your glassware or be toxic if inhaled. Step 3: Rinse and Repeat If it’s been a while since you last cleaned your bong, chances are it probably needs another round after taking care of things with the brush. For best results, you’ll want to fill the chamber with water and clean out any leftover residue that soap or alcohol didn’t quite take care of. It’s not hard to do this with a pipe cleaner — just remember to wet it first before cleaning around the downstem, bowl, and other parts!