Taking Care of Your Bong

Now that you’ve learned to appreciate bongs, and have handled them carefully and long enough to smoke more than a few times, it’s a good idea to clean them. Cleaning glass bongs minimizes stains, reduces the chance for mold to form or accumulate, and improves the effectiveness of the device to filter particles and deliver smooth hits.

As anyone who’s ever owned one will know, used bong water can get nasty and muddy, dirty and stinky. The glass can become cloudy or stained. If neglected or not properly taken care of, these works of art can transform into hideous, even hazardous, junk.

First things first: when cleaning a bong, make sure to dump the used water. This may seem like a no-brainer, but more than a few people have been known to dump a cleaning solution into the water and slosh it around. Doing so won’t clean the bong. Instead, it’ll turn nasty bong water into soapy, nasty bong water.
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After you’ve dumped the bong, replace the water with a cleaning solution. You can use alcohol, salt water, dish soap, or solutions specifically designed to clean pipes. Be warned, however, that using soap might leave streaks or make the glass cloudy. It will clean the glass but it won’t make it pretty.

The next step is to plug all the holes in the bong and shake it. Repeat this process several times to ensure that your preferred solution hits every point in the bong. If the glass is particularly nasty, you can use a pipe brush to clean those hard to reach places. Finally, after you’re certain the entire bong is spotless, rinse it by filling it with clean water, preferably filtered or purified water, although tap water will do. Then dump that water, re-fill it, and smoke away. 

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