How to clean a bong is a commonly asked question.
In this ultimate guide we are going to break down all the ways to do that and more importantly not only keep your bong clean but also your lungs!
Bongs are amazing and they come in all shape and forms from straight tubes to crazy bubblers – you know you love that bubbly sound. But have you ever noticed on the first hit on your pristine glass bong, a light-yellow film begins building?
This is the notorious resin building and if the resin in your bong begins to build for too long the bacteria will begin to produce mold.
So, imagine taking a big rip of your favorite flower … and some mold. Doesn’t sound like a good combination, right?
Cleaning your bong is important, but you also may want to put on your proactive worker hat and take actionable steps to prevent bacteria buildup as well. In this master guide you will learn just how to clean a bong and prevent germ build-up as well!
Glass Bongs, Silicone Bongs, Plastic Bongs and more
Before you pull up your sleeves and get in the nitty-gritty of cleaning your bong, we first have to figure out which bong type you have. The three primary types of bongs are Glass Bongs, Silicone Bongs, and Plastic bongs. There are also others like ceramic handmade bong and metal bongs as well. Let’s break down the various cleaning methods on each one.
How to Clean a Glass Bong
There are many popular methods to clean a glass bong, but we want to break down the most popular method from avid bong users on just how they are cleaning their glass bong.
What You Will Need to clean your glass bong:
- Sea Salt
- 70% or 91%Rubbing Alcohol
- Hot Water
- Pipe Cleaner
Step 1: Empty out your sink and place your glass bong in there. Put the sea salt chunks inside of your bong first. The sea salt works as the scrubbing agent when you shake the bong so make sure to put in a good amount.
Step 2: Depending on it’s size, fill your bong with ½ cups- 2 cups alcohol, leaving plenty of room so you can still shake the bong and the alcohol won’t come toppling out the top. A good ratio is to fill the alcohol a bit above the salt. Optional Pro Tip – We like using Resolution Cleaning Caps to keep the cleaning solution inside.
Step 3: Now begin to swirl the mixed alcohol and sea salt to begin cleaning your bong. You can also place your hand on the top of the bong and shake harder but be sure to have full control of your bong as not to accidentally slam the bong into the sink. When you shake the salt will crash into the sides of the bong helping to clear the stubborn residue off.
Step 4: Repeat the steps until your bong is clean. After run some hot water through and use a pipe cleaner to take out any last remaining residue pieces.
If you do not want to use alcohol keep reading and we will break down some further options.
Now that you have a nice clean bong make sure are keeping your lungs clean as well. Your bong water doesn’t catch all the resin and a significant amount of resin and tar end up in your lungs. Using a MouthPeace filter helps catch resin and tar before entering your lungs, which cuts down on coughing and burning after your bong rip. It is also proven that when sharing pipes with friends, using a personal MouthPeace will reduce the bacterial contamination by as much as 5,924%!
How to Clean a Silicone Bong
Cleaning a silicone bong is much easier because it’s harder for the resin to really stick to the silicone material. One of the most popular methods you will find on the internet is using the dishwasher, but any bong guru will know that the aftermath of this technique will leave your dishwasher full of resin specks.
A much simpler method is to use Dial Dish Soap and hot water to clean your bong. The degreaser breaks down the gunk and then you wipe your silicone bong with a paper towel and you are good to go.
Make sure you are not just keeping your bong clean but also your lungs! MouthPeace bong filter help reduce the amount of resin and tar that enters your lung and is proven to reduce the bacterial contamination by as much as 5,924% when sharing pipes.
How to Clean a Plastic Bong
Plastic bongs, also known as acrylic bongs, use a similar method as glass bongs.
- 50% or 70% Rubbing Alcohol
- Hot Water
Step 1 : Empty out your sink and place your plastic bong in there. Put some salt inside of your bong first. The salt works as the scrubbing agent when you shake the bong so make sure to put in a hefty amount.
Step 2: Fill your acrylic bong up with ½ cups – 2 cups of alcohol but leave room so you can still shake the bong and the alcohol won’t come flying out the top. A good ratio is to fill the alcohol a bit above the salt.
Step 3: Now begin to move your hand in a circular motion to move the mixed alcohol and salt to begin cleaning your bong. You can also place your hand on the top of the bong and shake harder, but be sure to have maximum control of your bong as not to accidentally slam the bong into the sink. When you shake the salt will crash into the sides of the bong helping to clear the stubborn reside off.
Step 4: Rinse the bong out now with hot water and add in a full squeezed lemon and the hottest water you can get from your sink. Swirl this around for 60 seconds and then rinse your clean plastic bong out to dry.
Now that your plastic bong is nice and clean, make sure to prevent bacteria build up by snagging up the most trusted bong filter on the market: The MouthPeace is proven to reduce bacterial contamination by as much as 5,924% when sharing your bong with friends. Not only do you want to focus on cleaning your bong of all the dirty resin, you want to make sure the resin isn’t flying into your lungs with each rip, and the MouthPeace filter helps do exactly this!
If you do not want to use alcohol scroll down for some other popular methods, you can use that doesn’t involve rubbing alcohol.
How to Clean a Bong Bowl
The bong bowl is that lovely piece at the top of the bong where you place your marijuana in. Cleaning is easy! As most bong bowls are glass or metal these steps will be for cleaning that type of material.
What You Will Need to clean your bong bowl:
- 50% or 91% Rubbing Alcohol
- Hot Water
- Zip Lock Bag
Step 1 : Grab a zip lock bag and place your bong bowl inside
Step 2: Fill the bag with a sizeable amount of salt (obviously not so your bong bowl is swallowed by it, just enough to go past 10% of your bong bowl)
Step 3: Fill the bag with 70% or 90% rubbing alcohol to about 50% of where your bong bowl is and zip it back up and begin to swirl the bag around so the rubbing alcohol can mix with the salt.
Step 4: Now begin to shake the bag a bit more to help the salt to scrub against any stubborn stains. Once all the residue has come off take out the bong bowl and rinse out with hot water.
How to Clean a Bong Without Alcohol
Many people don’t like the idea of cleaning their bongs with alcohol. In this section we are going to break down different methods you can use to clean your bong without alcohol. There are popular options such as Resolution Gel Cleaner, vinegar, and lemon juice.
How to Clean a Bong with Vinegar
Vinegar is not as strong as alcohol, but you can still get the job done. You can add salt with your vinegar and shake your bong to break off all the stubborn resin inside of your bong.
Repeat the steps a few time and if there is still any stubborn residue then empty out your bong and rinse with hot water. Empty the hot water out and now squeeze a full lemon inside the bong with hot water and begin swirling this around. Use a brush pipe to help clean any remain stubborn residue.
Rinse your bong out with hot water and let it dry.
How to Clean Resin out of a Bong
Cleaning out resin is the main objective when cleaning out your bong. Times have changed and many people now opt to use new cleaning solutions custom created for cleaning bongs. Resolution Colorado Cleaning Gel is a popular cleaning agent and the best part is it is reusable.
The most powerful method to keep your bong clean is using Res Gel with a MooseLabs MouthPeace. It’s a no-fuss method where you get your bong sparkly clean and also the MouthPeace reduces bacteria by 5,924% when sharing bongs with others.Not only do you want to keep your bong clean you also want to make sure you aren’t inhaling resin and tar each time you are taking a pull from your bong, and that is exactly what MouthPeace was designed to do.
This is by far one of the best combinations there is when cleaning your bong and keeping your bong clean in the future!
When it comes to bacteria build-up and mold forming in your bong, Moose Labs did ample research in finding out just how much bacteria is on your bong and why it’s so important to clean your bong and prevent bacteria spread by using a MouthPeace.
The average Cannabis pipe has …
- 1304% more bacteria than the average dog food bowl
- 530% more bacteria than a cell phone screen
- 92% more bacteria than an ATM Keyboard
- 90% more bacteria than a trash dumpster
- 49% more bacteria than a toilet seat
Imagine all of that bacteria growth sitting inside of your bong and on the bong mouth peace. That’s why it is important to use a MooseLabs MouthPeace when sharing pipes with others. Using a MouthPeace helps to reduce bacterial spread by as much as 5,924% when sharing pipes with friends and smoking. It’s that powerful!
Whatever cleaning method you choose to polish up your bong, make sure you also are being proactive and protecting your lungs by using a MouthPeace filter to filter out the harmful resin and tar.
Leave a comment below and tell us any other ways that you enjoy cleaning your bong clean and your lungs or check out other ways to help disinfect your bong.