Cleaning Your Bong
You wouldn’t drink from a dirty glass or eat from a dirty plate. So, no one and I mean no one want to smoke from a dirty bong. How often you should clean your bong is down to personal choice and of course how often you smoke. Some people clean it weekly and some daily, but if you’re a heavy smoker you should probably consider cleaning it every one to two days or at minimum keeping your water fresh.
Hygiene aside, a clean bong is the best way to consume your materials and if your equipment is full of resin it can overpower the taste of your herbs, dabs or, liquids. Learning how to clean your bong is simple and once you make the original purchases they will last you for quite a few sessions.
These products won’t cost you too much money and you don’t need any bong specific cleaning products. Some table salt and rubbing alcohol will do fine.
When smoking, it is no surprise that we want the freshest and cleanest smoke possible. If you’re not cleaning your bong on a regular basis your smoke may get mixed in with leftover residue. Apart from being gross, there are a number of serious health issues that can be related to this, including pneumonia, bronchitis, and emphysema.
Individuals will spend large sums of money on top class bongs, all for one reason, a smooth hit. With this is mind, why sabotage your quality of smoke by something as simple as not cleaning your bong. People often note that the first hit of a new bong is the best and this is because it is so clean. You can’t expect a repeat of this anytime soon if you don’t plan on cleaning your smoking device.
1. Cleaning Supplies
To get your bong feeling brand new, you’ll need the following items:
- Salt (table, rock or sea)
- Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) preferably 90% or above
- Pipe cleaner (to clean stem and other hard reach areas)
- Grease proof paper to cover openings
- Elastic bands to secure
2.Take the piece apart, rinse with water
Remove and take apart of detachable bits of your bong, paying particular attention to the bowl and stem. Rinse with hot water to help clear away any resin from the inside.
3.Add the alcohol and salt
Add the salt first, and be careful to add enough so that it won’t all dissolve. This is important as the texture of the salt will later on help with scrubbing. Add in your alcohol, cover all openings with the grease proof paper and secure with your elastic bands.
4.Shake A LOT, repeat and soak
The shaking process will remove any nasty residue from your device and the more time you spend on this instruction the cleaner your bong should be. Your arms will more than likely be aching but this part is key. Repeat this process for each different part and if your find bong is really dirty or that there are a few tough stains not budging, consider soaking for an hour.
5.Don’t neglect details
This is when you need to reach for your pipe cleaners. For difficult to reach areas, soak these in alcohol and use to clean. Don’t forget one final rinse through with hot water to help get rid of any lasting residue. And make sure your bong is fully dry before deciding to use it again.
You should now be left with what looks like a brand spanking new bong. Load it up and enjoy!