A dirty bong won't just ruin the taste; the buildup of tar and resin will irritate your throat. Clean bongs offer buttery smooths hits that go down a treat. Overall, cleaner equipment makes for a more pleasant smoking experience.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU CLEAN YOUR BONG, BOWL, OR PIPE? How often you clean your smoking gear should depend on how frequently you use it. If you're blazing massive bowls every day, then tar and resin are going to build up fast. If you hit a pipe or bong once a week, it'll take longer for the residue to build up. With that said, leaving it dirty and unused isn't hygienic either. Give your bong or pipe a quick rinse after every smoking session to flush out some of the tar and resin. When the buildup starts getting severe, it's time to give your gear a proper clean.
Different materials require different cleaning methods. You run the risk of damaging your rig if you apply the wrong kind of cleaning agent or technique. Glass bongs and pipes are on the delicate end of the spectrum. Although they often look prettier, they're the most susceptible to damage. Glass pieces can be effectively cleaned using both alcohol and non-alcohol methods. These pieces are heat and cold-resistant and can handle (pretty much) anything you throw at them. You don't have to overthink things when cleaning a silicone bong or pipe. Wooden pipes can handle hot water, but harsh chemicals can damage them. High-proof alcohol can discolour wooden pipes and also leave behind residue. 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.