Cleaning Your Glass Bong the Right Way
Glass bongs can get notoriously filthy and stinky. The residue that builds upon the inside of the bong is tarry and can be awfully challenging to clean. Some people turn to harsh chemicals like carburetor cleaner to remove the dirt, but it can leave a lethal hazardous scum when heated. Instead, try using natural ingredients to clean out all the filth.
Cleaning a bong may seem like an intimidating task. But just because its nerve-wracking does not mean it shouldn’t be done. Therefore, in this blog, we will share all the tips and tricks to get your bong shining like the day you bought it.
Here is a list of things that you’ll need during the cleaning process
· Hot water
· Q tips
· Pipe cleaners or Bottlebrush
· Rubbing alcohol
· Cotton balls
· Hand towels
· Tupperware containers or Small Ziploc
Once you have arranged all necessary cleaning supplies, here is a step-by-step guide for cleaning your bong the right way.
Step 1: Discard Dirty Bong Water
This simplest step has been overlooked by many people; therefore, we feel it is worth mentioning. Make sure to throw away all that dirty water from your bong before you start cleaning it.
Step 2: Prep your Bong
The second step is to separate the stem and bowl from the bong carefully. If the stem and bowl of your bong are two individual pieces, detach those as well. Moreover, you must take apart any other removable or movable parts of your bong to ensure safety and thorough cleanliness.
Step 3: Rinse Disassembled Pieces in Hot Water
Rinsing all pieces of the bond under hot running water is a decent way to start the cleaning process. Hot water helps to dislodge some of the surface resin and soften the bonds that bind the filth to a place.
Wear dishwashing gloves and set the water to a temperature that is tolerable for you. The gloves would turbocharge the process as they help to make the water hotter.
Once you have your gloves on, fill the water from the top and let it slide out from the bottom opening. This will limit the chances of free residue to get stuck anywhere else.
Step 4: Place Each Movable Piece in a Separate Container
Tupperware containers with lids make an excellent environmental-friendly and reusable option to keep movable parts safe during the cleaning process. Ziploc bags can also be used instead of containers.
Once you have placed each movable piece in its own Ziploc bag or container, pour in at least one-fourth cup of rubbing alcohol and one tablespoon of salt. The number of ingredients can vary according to the size of the bong.
Using rubbing alcohol will help to breakdown the built-up sticky resin inside of the bong. Similarly, the salt will act as a scrub to increase the cleaning power of the solution. Moreover, vinegar can be used as an alternative to rubbing alcohol.
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Step 5: Shake the Packed Containers
Once all pieces are safely sealed and stored in a container or plastic bag, it is time to shake them vigorously. Shaking the container will allow the rubbing alcohol and salt to clean through all the tiny curves and arches of the bong. It will also help to breakdown the leftover resin. It is important to shake with a steady hand and do this for at least a few minutes to ensure no residue is left unturned.
After rigorous shuddering, let the small pieces soak in the alcohol for ten to fifteen minutes and start working on the bong. This step will help you to dislodge resin that has taken years to build up.
Step 6: Pour Alcohol and Salt in the Bong
Pour rubbing alcohol and salt in the bong. Make sure that you add enough salt to keep the abrasiveness intact of the cleaning solution. The ratio of salt depends entirely on the size of your bong. Therefore, trust your instinct while you are on this step. But one small tip, the more, the merrier.
Similarly, pour at least half a cup of rubbing alcohol into the bong and increase the quantity if you feel it requires more. The ratio of alcohol to salt is not fixed and depends entirely upon the size of your bong and the built-up resin.
Step 7: Use Hand Towels to Plug Holes
After pouring the alcohol and salt into the bong, it is time to seal each hole of the bong with a hand towel or a plastic wrap. Small holes can be plugged with cotton balls as well, or if you have beaker stoppers lying around at your place, grab them and plug the holes.
Step 8: Shake Again
Just like in step 5, it is now time to shake the bong so that the cleaning solution reaches all surfaces. Continue to do this action for at least five minutes.
Step 9: Rinse with Boiling Water
Once you are done with the entire shaking phase, the next step is to dump all small pieces and the bong in boiling water. Make sure that you discard the alcohol-salt solution before you rinse all parts in hot water.
This step will help eliminate residual resin, salt, and the rubbing alcohol from the surface of your bong. If some stubborn residue is left behind, use a Q-tip or bottle brush to clean that away.
After you are done removing every last bit of debris, rinse the bong again and let it air dry.
Step 10: Repeat the Entire Process (Optional)
If it has been years since you cleaned your bong, you might have to repeat the entire process a couple of times to get the best results. Eventually, the natural cleaning solution will peel away the resin layers to reveal the sparkling glow of your glass bong.
The above process can undoubtedly take some time, mainly if you have gone a while without cleaning your bong. To avoid this, make it a habit to regularly clean your bong after use and make life easier for yourself. Click here to learn more about the BC Labs all purpose cleaner.