How To Clean A Bong: The 2022 Guide

26 Sep 2022
Cleaning A Bong

The bong is the most popular piece of equipment to use when smoking cannabis. It’s a vessel that is partially filled with water and has a tube or bowl attached to one end, making it perfect for smoking. keeping your bong clean will prevent mold from growing in it as well as any other unwanted bacteria.

The bong filters and cools the smoke produced by lighting weed. For many users, cleaning their bong can be somewhat of a hassle since they have to keep a separate piece when not using it.

However, As you probably know, bacteria isn’t good for your lungs and can potentially cause lung infections if smoked frequently without cleaning it first. This article will give you some useful tips on how to clean your bong safely and effectively.

What You Will Need

  • A wide bowl brush, which is ideal for cleaning the inside of the bowl. One pair of cleaning gloves to protect your hands.
  • A bottle of isopropyl alcohol (IPA) to clean your bong.
  • A bleach solution to clean.
  • A sealable plastic bag to store your bong parts while they’re soaking in bleach (optional).
  • A container/bowl to empty your water into (optional).
  • A coffee stirrer or spoon to clean.
    Tools To Clean A Bong
    Tools to Clean a Bong

How to Clean a Bong

Before getting started, put on the gloves and turn your bong on its side. This will make it easier for you to clean the inside of the bong. Fill the bong with water, up to about an inch from the top. You want the bong to be full of water so you can see clearly when cleaning it.

This will prevent you from dropping any of the pieces inside, so you can avoid unnecessary contact and transfer. You can also add a bit of mild detergent to the water to make the cleaning process easier. Turn the bong upside down on a towel, which will allow the water to drain out when you turn the bong back over.

We highly recommend keeping your bong on a towel while it’s upright. This will protect your table/surface and also your bong from scratches/dents. Shake out the bong, removing any excess water/dirt.

Using a wide bowl brush, clean the inside of the bowl. Make sure to clean thoroughly, but gently. You can also use a spoon, but be extra careful not to scratch the glass.

Clean the mouthpiece, but be careful when removing any debris. Clean the joint if you notice any dirt/grime. Use the stirrer/spoon to clean out the inside of the bong. Make sure to clean the inside of the tube and all crevices. If there is any excess dirt or grime, you can use a toothbrush for this.

Bong In Soap Water
Bong in Soap Water

Cleaning with Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA)

Remove the bowl and fill a container/bowl with IPA. Put the bowl/bowl parts inside the container. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and then clean with a coffee stirrer/spoon. You can also use a toothbrush if there’s dirt/grime inside the bowl parts.

Fill the bong with water again and clean with the stirrer/spoon. Finally, use a dry cloth to wipe out any extra water. To clean the outside of the bong, you can use a bit of soap and water, or you can use a cloth to dry it. Be careful when doing this so you don’t scratch the glass.

Isopropyl Alcohol
isopropyl alcohol for Bong Cleaning

How to Clean a Bong with Bleach

Fill the bong with water, just as you would if you were using IPA to clean the bong. Add some bleach to the water. You can use a tablespoon or two depending on the size of your bong. Let the bong sit for about 10 minutes. Use a coffee stirrer/spoon to clean the bong.

Make sure the water has been emptied from the bong before cleaning it with a bleach solution. You can also use a toothbrush if there’s dirt/grime inside the bowl parts. Bleach might be harsh on the glass, so we highly recommend using gloves when cleaning it with bleach.

Make sure to wipe the bong with a dry cloth to dry it. As with the cleaning with IPA, you can clean the outside of the bong with some soap and water, or with a dry cloth. Be careful when doing this so you don’t scratch the glass.


Cleaning your bong is necessary to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold inside the water vessel. It’s best to clean your bong after each use to avoid any of these unwanted contaminants.

You can use IPA or bleach to clean your bong safely and effectively. The best way to clean a bong is to do it as soon as possible after each use to decrease the chances of any unwanted bacteria growing. Keep these cleaning tips in mind, and your bong will stay clean for longer.

Leave a Reply