Keeping Your Bong Clean

One of the worst experiences you can have when smoking your bong is to have it scratch your throat. It can completely kill your high. A scratchy throat or an odor is a sign that your bong needs cleaning. For those who have never cleaned their bong before or are looking for new tips, we can help. Here’s how you can clean your bong to get it ready for your next smoking session.

Knowing When It’s Time to Clean

The first step is in knowing when it’s time to clean your bong. It’s always good practice to clean your bong after each use. However, if you tend to go a few sessions between cleaning, then it’s important to know when it’s time to absolutely clean your bong.

Glass rigs will give you a visual clue as to when it’s time to clean your bong. You’ll notice that the beautifully transparent glass is cloudy. You may even see black tar at the bottom of the bong. The presence of tar means it’s time to clean your bong.

For those who use bongs made of silicone, plastic, or wood, then it isn’t as easy to tell. The first sign that you may receive is when you inhale all the nasty tar. Non-glass bongs should be cleaned after every session or at least after every other session.


It’s important to have the right kind of equipment to clean your bongs. For effective cleaning, you’ll need the following:

  • Scraper or knife
  • Cleaning brushes or pipe cleaners
  • Ziplock bag
  • Cotton swabs
  • Plastic tub
  • Micropore tape

Method One: Vinegar and Baking Soda

One way to clean your bong is with vinegar and baking soda. This is effective in cleaning tar, grime, and ash. Use the cotton swab or scraper to remove ash and tar. Then rinse it with warm water. Place the bong in a Ziplock bag with vinegar and baking soda, then fill it halfway with warm water. Shake the bag to get the mixture everywhere.

You can also use baking soda on the mouthpiece and other small areas. Rinse thoroughly, and it’s clean!

Method Two: Pipe and Dish Soap

Another method is to use a pipe cleaner and dish soap. Use the pipe cleaner to remove ash and tar. Then use lukewarm water and dish soap to thoroughly clean the inside and outside of your bong. You can also use the Ziplock method here.

You’ll want to let the bong soak for 20 minutes before rinsing it off and letting it dry.

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