Thoroughly rinse the glass piece with hot water to get rid of the remaining gunk. If you find that small pieces of residue are stuck inside, use Q-tips to tackle it. Those who try to learn how to clean the downstem of a bong soon discover that it is a massive pain in the ass.
Not only do the holes get clogged, but it is also reasonably hard to reach every part of the stem. One quick and easy way to clean a glass bong stem is to pour salt down the downstem until it is almost full. Make sure the downstem is still attached to the bong at this stage. Create some suction on the bong to help the isopropyl move through the salt. There is a danger of breathing in alcohol fumes, so don’t try this method if you have any concerns. It is probably a better idea to place your hand over the top of the bong.
Keep pouring alcohol and create negative pressure in the bong until all of the salt passes through. Shake the solution while it is in your bong for a fast clean, and rinse everything with hot water. Those who use this method tend to use Everclear instead of isopropyl alcohol. A quicker and safer method of cleaning the stem of a bong is to place the stem in a Ziploc bag. Fill it with salt and alcohol and shake it for a few minutes. You can also use this method for a quick bowl clean. An alternative method of cleaning your bong involves the dirt-beating combination of white vinegar and baking soda. Here is the process: Fill the bong with warm water. Give the piece a powerful shake while covering the mouthpiece and shaft. Pour baking soda into the mouthpiece, making sure it clings to the glass inside. Don’t proceed until you cover a large percentage of the bong’s surface area. Allow the bong to sit for several hours; most users leave it overnight. Next, add several more spoons of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar. The reaction of the baking soda and vinegar will start to fizz and overflow. Scrub the inside of the bong with a long brush and marvel as it scrubs all the dirt away. Rinse the glass piece with warm water until all of the dirt, vinegar, and baking soda vanishes. Preventative Maintenance to Keep Your Bong Reasonably Clean. If you haven’t cleaned your bong in some time, the process outlined above can take ages. It makes sense to engage in preventative maintenance to keep your glass piece relatively clean. As a result, you don’t have to go through the long and challenging process of deep cleaning. Use Lemon Juice or Vinegar to Handle Hard Water Stains. Hard water stains are not fun to remove from a bong’s interior. You can prevent them from forming by pouring vinegar into the bong’s bowl and swishing for a couple of minutes.
It is a good idea to allow the vinegar to sit at the bottom for a few minutes. You can also use a combination of hot water and lemon juice. Allow it to sit for a few minutes, and use hot water to rinse. When smoking from your bong, add a couple of lemon juice drops to the water. Aside from making your water smell fresh, the enzymes in the juice help break down the nasty resin that builds up within the bong. Use a small amount only; too much will begin to overpower the taste of the marijuana strain. It is incredible how many bong users leave the water inside when they finish a session.
Okay, you’re probably stoned out of your mind; but it only takes a few seconds to dump the bong water! Perform a quick rinse with lemon juice, vinegar, or salt. You will be surprised at how clean your bong is by the time you’ve sobered up.