Ways to Clean Bongs and Bowls
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Whether you’re using a bong, a pipe, or a drip, they all get dirty over time. After a while, you will notice that the build up of resin will affect the taste of your bud. Over time, a dirty piece can lead to bacterial growth and mold. It’s important to clean your piece periodically to keep it in the best condition.
Isopropyl and Salt
Isopropyl alcohol with salt works like a charm. Alcohol acts as a sanitizer and cleaner while salt acts a rough medium to scrub away debris and build up. You can find isopropyl alcohol at any pharmacy. We recommend using 91% isopropyl alcohol to get a faster result. When using salt, choose a fine grain salt over rock salt. It covers hard to reach areas better. Since alcohol is highly flammable, you will need to make sure to give it a thorough rinse with water to prevent any fire hazards.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
If you don’t trust yourself enough to use alcohol as your cleaning solution then an alternative is baking soda and vinegar. When mixing baking soda and vinegar, the two agents create an effective fizzing effect which breaks down grease and other build up. It isn’t as fast as alcohol and salt, but it gets the job done safely with peace of mind.
Good Old Fashion Boil Method
If you have thick glass, it can withstand a hot boil. It will liquify all of the goop. It’s simple and effective. Be super careful when using this method because your glass may crack if it hasn’t been annealed properly. You may have to do it several times.
Vodka and Microwave
If you find yourself with limited supplies and are away from home at a party or hotel, you can use half vodka and half water and microwave in a coffee cup for about 30 seconds. It takes multiple times to get this clean but it does the trick.
Tools to Keep Handy
A glass/plastic food container or Ziploc bag is perfect for cleaning a glass pipe, bubbler, bowl piece or any attachments to your bong. Hard to reach places need a bit more help, so keeping an old toothbrush on hand or cotton swabs make cleaning easier.
The longer you wait to clean your bong or bowl the harder it will be. Let things sit in the cleaning solution for 30-60 minutes for better results. We recommend cleaning it as frequently as you can. Remember, don’t leave your bong water sitting overnight.