Cannabis Experts: How to Properly Clean Your Bong

Just like the clothes you wear every day and throw in the washing machine after you use them, you should do the same thing with your bong. As you smoke through your bong, residue from smoke and other contaminants can build up inside. Over time, this residue can affect the taste and quality of your hits, leaving an unpleasant taste and harsh hits. Regular cleaning can help remove this buildup and ensure that you are getting the best possible smoking experience. Cleaning your bong every day might feel like too much of a task, but you should do it at least once per week. And here’s the reason why. 

Why Should You Clean Your Bong 

A dirty bong can harbor bacteria, mold, and other harmful microorganisms, which can be harmful to your health. Over time, resin and other debris can build up inside your bong, affecting the taste and quality of the smoke. Regular cleaning of your bong is essential for maintaining its performance, ensuring the quality of your smoking experience, and protecting your health and safety. By keeping your bong clean, you can enjoy a smoother, better-tasting smoking experience while minimizing any potential health risks. 

A Step-by-Step on How You Can Clean Your Bong 

According to two experts Yvette Reyna, a training and education coordinator at California-based cannabis brand Wonderbrett, and Ivanna Navaroo, a budtender at Canada-based cannabis lifestyle brand Burb, say you don’t need to go extra when you clean your bong. You can just go with the classic way: an alcohol and salt mixture. Some water pipes may be easier to clean and maintain than others. Choosing a bong with detachable parts or easy-to-clean features can make the cleaning process simpler and more efficient. 

Step 1: Remove all detachable parts, such as the bowl, down stem, and ash catcher. Then, pour warm water in your bong or just leave your bong there for a few minutes. Let the dirt sit.  

Step 2: Rinse, rinse, rinse! 

Step 3: If you are going with the classic way, the alcohol and salt mixture, then all you need to do is mix these two in a small plate and then just throw them all together in the bong and clean, clean, clean. The salt will play the role of a scrubber, which will scrub away all the bad decisions inside and outside the bong. Make sure you grab everything with a sponge or a brush and scrub, scrub, scrub! 

Step 4: After you have finished your arm workout by scrubbing the bong, with all that little energy left, rinse it with warm water, leave your bong to dry, and get a tan facing the sun.  

By following these steps, you can keep your bong clean and ensure that you always have the best smoking experience possible. 

Effective cleaning solutions

Avoid using harsh chemicals, such as bleach or ammonia, as they can be harmful to your bong and leave behind residue. Stick to using safe and effective cleaning solutions. Changing the water in your bong after each use can help prevent the buildup of residue and bacteria. Additionally, using fresh water can improve the taste and quality of your hits. When not in use, store your bong in a safe and secure location, away from high-traffic areas or areas where it could be easily knocked over or damaged. 

Moreover, a dirty bong can affect the longevity and functionality of your bong. Residue buildup can clog the percolators, downstem, and other parts, making it difficult to use and clean. Regular cleaning can help prevent clogs and other issues that can affect the functionality of your bong, ensuring that it lasts longer and functions properly. 


Cleaning your bong is an essential part of maintaining your smoking experience. While some may see it as a tedious chore, regularly cleaning your bong can significantly enhance the quality and safety of your smoking experience. Regular cleaning is essential for maintaining the taste and quality of your hits, ensuring hygiene and health, increasing the longevity of your bong, and making it easier to use and maintain. By taking the time to clean your bong regularly, you can enjoy a better and safer smoking experience.