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How to Properly Clean Your Glass Bongs and Bowls


Your glass bongs and bowls are like your friends. You can't have a good time with them if they're dirty. But, it's easy to forget about giving them a little TLC since you probably use them every day. And we get it; who wants to spend hours scrubbing the crud out of their bong? Sometimes you need to clean them, no matter how much you hate doing it. 

Luckily, it's not as hard as you think. You can get all that gunk out of there in no time and keep your glass looking shiny! We've got all the tips and tricks you need to know to keep your pipes and bongs squeaky clean—no matter how often you use them.

Why should you clean your smoking accessories? 

As any frequent pipe-cleaner knows, it's essential to clean your bongs and other glass smoking accessories regularly if you want them to work optimally and last a long time. Plus, if you don't clean your bong, it can start to smell bad—and nobody wants that. So trust us when we say that taking the time to clean your smoking accessories is essential – for a few reasons.

For starters, it's just disgusting to smoke out of a dirty bong or pipe. Have you ever seen the buildup that can accumulate in there? It's cringe-worthy! Not to mention, it can affect the taste of your smoke. If you want to enjoy the full flavor of your herb, it's essential to keep your smoking gear clean.

But there are other, more important reasons to clean your bongs and bowls. The smoke itself is full of carcinogens, and when you add the residue that builds up in dirty pipes, it can be even more harmful. So if you're looking to reduce your exposure to harmful toxins, it's essential to keep your smoking gear clean.

And finally, cleaning your bongs and bowls will help them last longer. We all know how expensive smoking accessories can be, so why not take care of them so they can take care of you? With a bit of time and effort, you can prolong the life of your favorite pieces.

How to clean your glass bongs and bowls

It's essential to clean your bongs and smoking glasswares regularly for aesthetic and health reasons. Bongs, bowls, and pipes can get pretty gunky after repeated use, so it's essential to give them a good cleaning now and then. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to properly clean your bongs and bowls:

What you'll need:

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Salt (regular or Epsom)
  • Paper towels or coffee filters
  • Cotton swabs or pipe cleaners
  • Ziploc baggies (optional)


  • Start by giving your bong or bowl a good rinse with warm water. This will help remove any loose debris.
  • Fill a Ziploc bag with rubbing alcohol and add a generous amount of salt. Add your bong or bowl to the bag and seal it up. Give it a good shake so that the salt can scrub off any harsh residue.
  • Empty the bag and rinse your bong or bowl with warm water again. Repeat this process if necessary.
  • Once you're satisfied, give your bong or bowl a final rinse with cold water to remove any lingering alcohol taste. Let it air dry or wipe it down with a paper towel before using it again.
  • You can use cotton swabs to clean hard-to-reach places like the stem of a bong or the bowl of a pipe.

However, if you decide to buy a commercial cleaner, simply follow the instructions on the package. Most require you to soak your bong or pipe in the solution for a few hours before rinsing it out with hot water.

Either way, rinse your smoking accessories thoroughly with hot water before using them again. You don't want any alcohol or cleaners lingering in there. 

Pro tip: Never use boiling water on your glass pieces; it'll make them too hot to handle and can cause the glass to crack. Instead, rinse them with cold water and then soak in a cleaning solution for a few hours (or overnight). Try using either rubbing alcohol or vinegar.

And that's it! With just a little bit of effort, you can keep your smoking glassware clean and looking new. Your lungs will thank you for it.

How  to tackle the harder-to-reach places in your bong 

Now that you know how to clean the significant parts of your bong, it's time to tackle the harder-to-reach areas. Bong stems can be a real pain to clean, but it's essential to get them as clean as possible to avoid any unwanted flavors in your smoke.

One way to clean bong stems is to use a cotton swab, or pipe cleaner dipped in alcohol. Run it up and down the stem a few times to eliminate any built-up residue. You can also try using a small brush to scrub the stem clean.

If your bong has any other hard-to-reach places, you can use the same cleaning methods as above. Make sure to get into all the nooks and crannies to ensure your bong is as clean as possible.

How often should you clean your bongs and pipes?

This is a great question and one that doesn't have a definitive answer. Some people clean their bongs after every use, while others only clean them when they start to get clogged or dirty. However, we recommend cleaning your bong or pipe at least once a week - mainly if you use it frequently.

Cleaning your bongs or pipes will help prevent clogs, and it will also help keep the taste of your smoke fresh. No one wants to take a hit from a dirty bong that tastes like last week's weed! Trust us, taking the time to clean your smoking gear is well worth it.

Tips for keeping them clean in the long run

Over time, even the highest quality bongs and bowls can get dirty. Resin can build up inside the water chamber and on the glass, especially if you smoke daily. Cleaning your bong or bowl doesn't have to be complicated — with a few easy steps, all you need is a couple of supplies, some patience, and a bit of elbow grease. Everybody has their preferred way to clean their glass pieces. Here are some tips for keeping them clean in the long run:

Try not to let it build-up

The best way to keep your bong clean is not to let resin build up in the first place. If you're often smoking, try to give your bong a quick rinse with hot water every day. This will prevent resin from building up and making it hard to clean later.

Rinse/Clean after each use

After every use, rinse out your piece with warm water, then set aside until it dries enough that you can safely handle it without fear of breaking it. You'll know when the water is cool enough, when the glass is no longer hot to the touch or when condensation forms outside your piece.

Let it soak

After using your piece, let it soak in warm water and salt (or rubbing alcohol) overnight. If you're feeling fancy, you can use a combination of isopropyl alcohol and salt (and maybe even some baking soda). The alcohol will clear resin and bacteria, while the salt acts as an abrasive to scrub away hard-to-get grime. You can also buy a bong cleaner solution from any head shop or order one online.

Bonus tip: Always wash hands before handling glassware - this will prevent oils from transferring onto surfaces.

You are now a glass bong-cleaning expert! We hope this guide was helpful and informative.

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