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How to Clean A Bong

using cotton swabs on a bong

Cleaning a Bong Right

Even though you might have been using it for years, you’ve never thought about how to clean a bong. Well, Green Gone Detox is here to tell you that it’s crucial to clean your piece in order to enjoy a better cannabis experience and maintain your health. But when do you clean your bong and how do you do it? We can help. Read on now for a step-by-step guide from our experts.

When Do You Need to Clean Your Bong?

Before we get to how to clean a bong, we should probably talk about how often it needs to be done. Generally, you want to consider cleaning your bong if a brown stain or ring forms around the waterline. You also want to check for floaters of resin or residue in your water, as these are another sign that you might want to break out the soap. Avoid that weird bong smell (that’s bacteria and mildew you’re smelling) when you clean your bong or pipe about once a week — especially if you’re a frequent user.


bong with a unique shape

  • 99% Isopropyl Alcohol or Pipe Cleaner
  • Epsom Salt
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Large Straw Brush

There are several materials you can use when learning how to clean a bong. Whether you prefer alcohol, pipe cleaner, or soap and water, make sure it’s non-toxic and safe to use on the material of your piece. If alcohol is your choice, we recommend at least 99% because it cleans everything. You’ll never have to worry about dormant bacteria left behind.

When it comes to cloths, swabs, and brushes, you can use a combination of a few things. You’ll need to figure out what works best for the shape of your bong. Find scrubbers that help you scrape away grime in every tough-to-reach place.

Instructions for How to Clean Your Bong

  1. First, take out all the removable pieces including the pipe and mouthpiece.
  2. Pour the isopropyl alcohol into the bong and add the Epsom salt.
  3. Shake the bong for several minutes, so the liquid gets into every nook and cranny.
  4. Pour out the liquid and rinse with soap and water.
  5. Rinse one more time with plain water.

Once the body of the bong is clean, you can soak the removable pieces in a similar mixture of alcohol or pipe cleaner. Get into the smallest places with your cotton swabs or brushes.

And, done! In less than 20 minutes, you’ve got a fresh bong that delivers a smoother hit and more flavor than you’ve probably tasted in a while. If you’re wondering what a difference cleaning your bong really makes, check out our blog on the benefits of a clean bong.

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