How to clean a bong?

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As a stoner, you must keep good cleaning habits and best practices when it comes to maintaining your smoking accessories. Especially when smoking from a bong, you will want to learn how to clean a bong properly to ensure its longevity and continuous top-notch performance. Some might be able to get away with learning how to clean a bong fast but if you do not know how to best clean a bong and do it often, you will eventually find yourself with a dirty bong that accumulates bacteria and buildup to the point it will affect the bong’s performance. But with some handy cleaning tools and keeping a regular cleaning schedule, you will learn how to clean a bong out pretty quickly to where it will become an effortless task that you no longer dread. As always, you can find the best bong cleaner at EF420 where we always set you straight with the best smoking supplies online. Do not be that friend that does not clean their bong, be the friend that everyone counts on to keep it clean and keep it cute!

How to easily clean a bong

Even if you have never used the bong and it is brand spanking new out of the box directly from our warehouse, you should always practice cleaning your bong before every use. When you make a habit of cleaning your bong before and after every use, it will allow your smoke accessories to stay in prime condition, keep your bong free of any water stains, and every time it is used will feel like the first time! A clear, smooth, and filtered hit that is free of debris and any possible buildup from dirty bong water. 

What you need to know how to clean a bong properly

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Besides a bong, you will need a few other supplies that most will have in their household already. These additional tools will help you learn how to clean inside of a bong so that every nook and cranny is scrubbed down and no buildup can accumulate when done correctly and often. Here are a few items you can use to help make learning how to clean a bong out a bit easier, and of course there are also bong cleaners available to make it as simple as possible for users to keep a bong clean.

Isopropyl alcohol or rubbing alcohol

Isopropyl alcohol is highly recommended to figure out how to clean inside a bong because this is what will help kill off any bacteria or mold that can start to build inside of the bong that many would not otherwise notice. Rubbing alcohol is normally found in first aid kits or in the medicine cabinet of households which is why it is recommended to use in place of bong cleaners because users almost always have it on hand already. 

Coarse salt

The great thing about bong cleaning solutions is that they typically have scrubbing agents that allow users to simply shake the solution inside of the bong so that it can break up any debris that might be stuck to the bong pieces. Coarse salt is another easily available ingredient that many users already have on deck, and combined with rubbing alcohol gives a great household alternative to store-bought bong cleaning solutions, especially when you are in a pinch and need a good clean!

Pipe cleaner

In a dream world, coarse salt and isopropyl alcohol will take care of everything, but if you want to learn how to clean a bong easy, do yourself a favor and grab some pipe cleaners! This combined with rock salt or whatever cleaning solution you decide to use will guarantee a deep clean every single time. A pipe cleaner will help you learn how to clean a very dirty bong with extremely minimal effort, and you will never go back to learning how to clean a bong at home without using one. 

Other bong cleaning solutions

There are other items you can use in place of rock salt and rubbing alcohol, like lemon juice and baking soda which are also easily available at home! Surely all of us have used lemon juice and baking soda at some point or another to clean our house so why should cleaning your bong be any different? Give your bong a fresh lemon scent and a good old baking soda scrub the way your mama taught you. 

How to clean a bong easy

Now that you have a good idea about what materials you will need to get the job done well, here is a step-by-step guide on how to clean your bong no matter how dirty it might be. Just another reminder that the more you clean your bongs the easier it will become to clean over time without all of the build-up and gross stuff eliminated!

What you’ll need:

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  1. Bong (glass bong, acrylic bong, silicone bong, etc.)
  2. Isopropyl alcohol or rubbing alcohol (alternatives lemon juice)
  3. Coarse salt or rock salt (alternatives baking soda, dish soap)
  4. Warm water or hot water
  5. Pipe cleaner or bottle brush
  6. Plastic bags or containers
  7. Cotton swabs
  8. Sponges
  • Separate all bong pieces

Depending on the size and design of your bong, there should be various pieces to each bong that need to be removed and separated from one another. This is usually the bowl, and downstem (some are attached to the bong), and sometimes the mouthpiece can be removed. It should also go unsaid but a stoner reminder to dispose of any leftover bud that is in the bong bowl. If you have some pretty gnarly build-up of bud in the bud bowl, definitely try to put the bong bowl in the freezer to allow the bud to break up and easily be shaken out after 30 minutes to an hour or so in the freezer. Each piece should be rinsed out with warm water and set to the side.

  • Prepare a bong cleaning solution

Whether you wish to buy your bong cleaning solution or create your concoction at home, the bong cleaning process should be made into your ritual so do whatever you feel is best. Mixing some coarse salt and isopropyl alcohol will help with any resin buildup and the coarse salt will break that up as an abrasive for a full deep clean. 

  • Shake bong pieces with cleaning solution 

This step will help to speed up the process and make sure that your solution is in every corner of the bong. Covering the open holes in each piece, shake the bong pieces back and forth (one at a time) so that the coarse salt and rubbing alcohol solution can activate and get to work. 

  • Let each bong piece soak

Letting the solution sit for 20 to 30 minutes can also help to kill any mold or bacteria that might have started making a home inside of your bong. They don’t pay rent so they gotta go! If you want to add any essential oils to give an extra feel-good smell, go right ahead!

  • Rinse with warm water and wipe down

After an appropriate amount of time letting each bong piece sit and soak, rinse each piece out with warm water and wipe it down with a paper towel or let it air dry for a few hours. You will want to give a good rinse when using rubbing alcohol because that taste is not a good one when you do not get rid of all the cleaning solutions before smoking again. Either learn the hard way or give an extra rinse each time just to be sure!

Now you have an extra clean bong that you will want to use all over again, and the trick to keeping a clean bong is to continuously clean it with every use! While you do not have to deep clean a bong every time you use it, rinsing out dirty bong water so that it is not sitting overnight will do wonders for your health and the condition of the bong. Bong water also smells bad so do not be that person that lets it sit and permeate through the house!

Best bong cleaning solutions online

If you are just not into household remedies and prefer to jump straight to the store products, you know we got your back! We always carry the best bong cleaning solutions online because we know how particular our customers are about their supplies. We would not recommend just any type of bong cleaning solution, and we surely do not hold every single one because not all are made equal. So the ones we do carry are fully vetted and our customers rave about how much easier their life has been in cutting their cleaning times in half! Check out the reviews for yourself and see why our customers trust us so much. 

Ooze Resolution Gel Cleaner

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The Ooze Resolution Gel Cleaner is the non-toxic cleaning solution you are needing for all of your glass and other smoking accessories! You can also use it to clean your grinder - can you imagine having a squeaky clean grinder after how much you put that thing through!? Made from natural clay, we especially love the spout applicator that makes it extremely easy to pour out the right amount. This even cuts through grease and tar on your hands so a very messy cleanup can become quick and easy just like that.

Orange Chronic Cleaner

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You might have seen the Orange Chronic Cleaner around with its stoner-friendly branding, but you must use it to see what the hype is about! This cleaner comes in different sizes like 4 oz, 12 oz, and 16 oz bottles. We recommend getting the bigger one and splitting it up into smaller bottles in case you need to, more bang for your buck! The refreshing citrus scent brings you back to the carwash days and getting to choose your favorite scent after the car gets a good wash. Get straight nostalgic and try it out, you will be pleasantly surprised at how much it cuts through debris and resin while giving some fresh Friday vibes. 

Resolution Cleaning Kit

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The Resolution Cleaning Kit is exactly what you need if you are getting super serious about cleaning your smoking accessories. Equipped to work on metal and glass, this cleaning kit comes with everything you need for a perfect cleaning experience like no spill bong caps, a non-toxic cleaning gel, two cleaning brushes, and cotton swabs. Instead of figuring out if you have everything you need, this cleaning kit takes care of everything so all you have to do is turn on some music and get to cleaning! Remember, the quicker your cleaning process goes the faster you will get to smoke again. A fair trade-off, right?

How to deep clean a bong

Now that you are aware of how and why you must clean your bong, there is no excuse other than to buy or make some cleaning solution and get to work. This is also a good chance to convince yourself that you can buy more bongs as long as you keep them in mint condition! Do not be that lazy stoner that keeps dirty water bongs around their place, and get into the habit of cleaning your bong often so that others will feel comfortable smoking out of your bongs once they see how well you take care of them and yourself. A fresh and clean stoner is always invited to the cookout, so decide who you want to be!

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