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How To Clean A Bong

Follow Our Step-By-Step Guide on cleaning bongs and pipes!

What You'll Need To Clean Your Bong

Before we dive into the the best way to clean your bong, we'll start with what you can use to clean your pipes! Yes, we'll cover how to clean your bong without rubbing alcohol!

What To Use To Clean A Bong

  • 91% Isopropyl Alcohol (most popular choice)
  • 70% Isopropyl Alcohol (for lighter cleaning)
  • 100% Acetone/Nail Polish Remover (for heavier cleaning)
  • 420 Formula is arguably the best bong cleaner, but there are a lot of bong cleaning products on the market these days.

Course Salt

  • Epsom Salt
  • Coarse Sea Salt
  • Kosher Salt
  • Rock Salt

Because salt is coarse, when combined with the alcohol it is abrasive to the resin and bong residue, helping to get it even cleaner, faster.

Cover The Openings

  • Cotton Balls
  • Q-Tips
  • Paper Towels
  • Saran Wrap + Rubber Bands
  • Res Caps

This is important for the next steps! Securely covering the openings of your bong helps make the process quick and spill-free.

Give Your Bong A Quick Rinse

Empty your bong water and rinse your glass with warm water. Try to remove as much debris as possible. You’d be surprised at how far just hot water can go cleaning your glass pieces. If you’re in a pinch and don’t have alcohol, this will at least help you hold out a little longer until you can get some bong cleaner.

Bong Cleaning Solution + Salt

Getting resin out of a bong can be tricky, especially if you’ve never done it before. This is where most people have questions on how to clean a bubbler, bong or water pipe. Start by pouring a medium amount of your cleaning solution into the bong followed by a handful of salt. We usually fill the bong up with alcohol slightly less than how much you would fill it up with water to smoke. You can also use a spoon to pour the salt down the chamber of your bong!

*If you’re cleaning a bong without rubbing alcohol, try using extra salt, warmer water or nail polish remover.*

Cover Openings

Cover any openings with appropriately sized material. The goal is to keep the openings sealed and prevent leaking or spilling in the next step.

We use Res Caps to clean our bong. It is also featured in our “Pro Tips & Tricks” and “Stocking Stuffers & Stoner Gift Ideas“.

A common solution is using cotton balls to cover the bowl/stem openings and a small hand towel for the main tube of the water pipe. Saran wrap and a rubber band is also a way to keep the seals tight!

Shake It, Baby!

After letting the alcohol solution soak, it’s time to shake things up. Firmly grasp the covered openings of your bong and shake the solution inside. The salt will act as a light abrasive to clean through the tough spots of your dirty bong. This is where Res Caps keeps things clean and spill free!

Whatever doesn’t get clean after about a minute or so of shaking with alcohol and salt, use pipe cleaners to get in through the stem of the bong to get the rest of the resin off your glass piece if need be.

Clean Bong, Here We Come

Empty the dirty solution and rinse with clean water. Rinse your glass water pipe several times to ensure there’s no trace of alcohol or fumes.

Then, fill your bong up with fresh water.

Enjoy a crisp, clean smoke sesh!

How To Keep Your Bong Clean

There’s nothing like that first hit of a clean bong! How do you keep your pipe clean without all the work?

Getting Started

Cleaning our bongs, water pipes and other pieces is an inevitbale reality of smoking out of them. if you’re a regular bong smoker, you know the pains of smoking a dirty piece and the effort it takes to clean. Thankfully, after years of practice, we’ve found a handful ways to keep it cleaner, longer. Do you have a tip we don’t have listed? Share!

Store It Empty


Lemon Drops

Refreezable Ice

Stash Your Bong Without Water

This strategy requires the most effort. But it is also the most efficient for keeping your bong clean over time.

The rules are simple. Only fill with your bong with water when you need to smoke – and then just empty it out before you put it away.

Highly recommended for anyone that only smokes every once-in-awhile.

Ash Catchers & Precooler Percolators

Use external attachments to outsource all the dirty work. Ash catchers are attachments for your bong to help keep things clean.

The ash, debris, and resin of each bowl gets caught in the ash catcher instead of going directly into your bong.

This helps keep your bong clean for longer without that annoying, mucky buildup of resin along the inside of your glass.

Fresh lemon juice prevents the buildup of residue.

Add a few drops of fresh lemon juice to your bong water to help keep it clean longer. The active enzymes break down and prevent resin buildups on the inner glass. It also helps kill the notorious “bong water” smell to keep things fresh.

Just a few drops in the water of your bong will work magic. So go lightly. Too much will start overpowering your smoke sesh.

Use refreezable ice cubes to preserve the perfect water level.

Replace traditional ice cubes with a fun set of refreezable ice cubes! As a result, don’t worry about the melting race against the clock anymore.

Another reason is it can take awhile to find the perfect water level for your bong. So when you finally find it, you don’t want to mess it up.

This little tip lets you enjoy icy cool hits without melting ice cubes raising your water levels.

Remember to use pieces that are small enough they won’t get stuck in your bong!

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