A water bong can be your best ‘hit’ buddy only if you clean it properly and make sure you do it on a regular basis. There are various measures that can be taken into action to clean your bong. This varies from basic bong cleaning to cleaning it using solvents and abrasives. This article will guide you through these various procedures of maintaining your water bong sparkling clean. At the end of the article you’ll also find some tips that I personally recommend. Let’s start with basic bong cleaning.
First, remove the slide and bowl from your bong and place them on a flat surface. Dump all the bong water into the sink. Please make sure that you don’t spill any of it on your carpet or anywhere on the floor because it will leave bad odour which take ages to go away. Now, soak your bong with some hot water and allow it to sink. In case you have spilled bong water on your carpet, you can apply white vinegar and baking soda paste and leave it for about an hour. Then wash the paste using water and there will be no odour left. Place the removed slide and bowl in reseal-able plastic bags and soak them with any kind of cleaner. Shake the bag until some resin start to come off. Use any kind of pointed (not sharp) objects like chopsticks from outside of plastic bag to clean the bowl. Try not to puncture the bag. Leave your slide and bowl submerged in cleaner. Drain the hot water from your bong and fill it up with the cleaner. Seal the bong opening using your hand and shake it vigorously several times and rinse it. Repeat this several times until the resin is completely removed. Finally, check the slide and bowl that you left in the plastic bags. Remove the cleaner. Use a napkin or a paper towel to get a shiny new look. Your bong is clean, shiny and ready to be used again.
Second method would be using an Abrasive and a solvent to clean your bong. Get a solvent (denatured alcohol solvent etc.) and salt (Abrasive) which is easily available in the supermarket next door. Put the solvent and 1 teaspoon of salt into your bong. Let it soak for about 10-15 minutes. Finally, shake your bong vigorously to clean the resin out and rinse it using hot water to remove any dirt left.
Third method includes using boiling water and dish washing detergent. Dissemble your bong and pour dish washing detergent with hot boiling water. Let it sit for few minutes (about 15-20) so that it can remove the resin away. Wrap the bong with a cloth and shake it. When the bong is clean, rinse it with hot water. Repeat this process several times until the bong is resin free.
Lastly, you can clean hard to reach areas easily using a flexible coat hanger or some thick metal wire. Fold and twist the metal wire or coat hanger so that its firm enough. Twist the metal wire into ‘J’ or ‘L’ shape. Using a rubber band, tie a paper towel at the folded end of metal wire or coat hanger. Rinse it with denatured alcohol and use it to reach hard areas of your bong. Simply change the angles according to the surfaces you are cleaning.
Now that you have done your hard work in maintaining your water bong clean and shiny, it’s time to have a smoke again.
Useful Tips: Avoid using soaps or washing gel. Else next time you smoke, it’s going to taste as if you are inhaling soaps.
Some users add a few drops of milk to the bong because milk prevents resin sticking to the glass and reduces roughness.
In case you are using denatured alcohol or any alcoholic solutions to wash your water bong, try doing so in ventilated areas. Make sure there is no fire around as alcohol is highly inflammable.