When cleaning a wooden piece, it's best to use softer agents such as vinegar. Now that you know what to avoid, let's get some cleaning done. Cleaning out your piece is an easy step-by-step process.
To begin, you'll need to gather the following items. Cleaning brushes/pipe cleaners Scraper/knife Plastic tub Cotton swabs Ziplock bag Micropore tape. Alcohol-free methods are effective at removing ash, tar, and grime. These techniques use less-harsh chemicals and require stuff you can find in your kitchen at home. Use a cotton swab to clean out the residue from the bowl. You might need to use a scraper if things get too sticky. Rinse out your bong with lukewarm water over a sink. Add a teaspoon of baking soda, a splash of vinegar, and fill the bag halfway with lukewarm water. Empty a teaspoon of baking soda into the mouthpiece.
Cover the mouthpiece with your hand and the downstem hole with micropore tape; shake vigorously. The baking soda will stick to the wet surface inside. Use a long cleaning brush to scrub the inside surfaces. Next, pour in a tablespoon of vinegar and fill up the chamber with lukewarm water. Pour out the solution and rinse the bong with lukewarm water. Remove the bowl from the Ziplock bag and rinse under the tap. Run a pipe cleaner through your piece a couple of times to remove any blockages. Add a tablespoon of baking soda and an equal amount of vinegar. Place your pipe into the container and let it soak for five minutes. Remove the pipe and rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. Add a squirt of dish soap to create a bubbly solution. Use a cotton swab and scraper to remove residue from the bowl of your bong or pipe. Carefully place your piece into the water and let it soak for 20 minutes. Return to the sink armed with a cleaning brush or pipe cleaner. If you're cleaning a bong, use a brush to thoroughly scrub the inside surfaces clean. For pipes, run a pipe cleaner through the piece 3–4 times. Dunk your pipe into the water between each clean to flush out the stem. Empty the sink and rinse your piece with lukewarm water. Boil the kettle and fill up the bottom of the sink with boiling water. Let your piece sit for 20 minutes, or until the water has sufficiently cooled. Use a pipe cleaner and brush to remove tar and residue. Use gloves when you're dealing with it, and avoid using it on wooden pipes. It also helps to have some coarse salt at hand when using this method. Remove the bowl and clean it out with a cotton swab and scraper. Add a tablespoon of coarse salt, followed by a generous glug of isopropyl alcohol. Cover the downstem hole with micropore tape and the mouthpiece with a gloved hand. Empty the solution into the toilet and rinse the bong thoroughly with lukewarm water. Soak a tissue with isopropyl alcohol and wipe down the bowl and downstem. Soak a pipe cleaner with isopropyl alcohol and scrub the inside of the downstem.
Use a cotton swab and pipe cleaner to remove residue from the bowl and the inside of the stem. Add a tablespoon of salt and enough isopropyl alcohol to cover the piece. Shake the bag for five minutes, then let sit for a further 10 minutes. Remove the piece and rinse thoroughly under lukewarm water. Scrub out the bowl and stem using a pipe cleaner and brush. CLEANING BONG STEMS AND OTHER HARD-TO-REACH PLACES. It's important to thoroughly clean bowls, downstems, and other hard-to-reach places.
Although we mentioned it above, it's worth repeating; you might get caught out by hidden residue. Disassemble your piece (if possible) before cleaning, and go to work with a brush and pipe cleaners to make sure your pipe or bong will provide clean and smooth hits. Once your piece has been rinsed and dried, it's ready for action! Investing a small amount of time into thoroughly cleaning your piece is well worth it. Going forward, try and clean your piece as regularly as you can.