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A Crystal-Clear Guide: How to Clean a Glass Bong

Glass bongs are a popular choice among cannabis enthusiasts for their smooth hits and aesthetic appeal. However, like any smoking device, they require regular cleaning to maintain their functionality and keep your smoking experience enjoyable. In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the steps to clean a glass bong effectively.

Materials You’ll Need:

Before we dive into the cleaning process, gather the following materials:

  1. Isopropyl Alcohol (91% or higher)
  2. Coarse Salt (Epsom or Kosher Salt)
  3. Pipe Cleaners
  4. Plastic Zip-Lock Bags or Resealable Containers
  5. Rubber Bands or Sealable Caps
  6. Warm Water
  7. Gloves (optional but recommended)

Step-by-Step Cleaning Process:

Cleaning your glass bong is a straightforward process. Follow these steps for a sparkling-clean bong:

1. Empty the Bong:

Start by pouring out any remaining water and removing any loose debris or ashes from the bong. Discard the used water properly.

2. Disassemble the Bong:

If your glass bong has removable parts, such as a downstem or bowl, carefully remove them. This will make cleaning each component easier and more effective.

3. Pre-rinse:

Rinse the bong and its components with warm water to remove loose resin and ash. Be gentle to avoid breaking any fragile parts.

4. Prepare the Cleaning Solution:

In a plastic bag or container, combine isopropyl alcohol and coarse salt. The alcohol breaks down the resin, while the salt acts as an abrasive to scrub away stubborn residue.

5. Submerge and Seal:

Place your bong components into the bag or container with the alcohol and salt mixture. Seal it tightly. If using a plastic bag, you can secure it with a rubber band or tape to prevent leaks.

6. Shake and Soak:

Shake the bag or container vigorously to ensure the salt and alcohol reach all areas of the glass. Then, let the components soak for about 30 minutes to an hour. For particularly dirty bongs, you may need to soak longer.

7. Scrub and Rinse:

After soaking, use pipe cleaners to scrub away any remaining resin. Be thorough but gentle, especially with delicate parts like the downstem. Rinse the components with warm water to remove any remaining alcohol and salt.

8. Clean the Bong Body:

While the components are soaking, clean the bong body itself. Pour some isopropyl alcohol and coarse salt into it, cover the openings with your hands or plugs, and shake vigorously. Use a bottle brush or pipe cleaners to reach difficult spots.

9. Rinse Thoroughly:

Rinse the bong body and all its components under warm running water until they are entirely free of alcohol and salt residue.

10. Dry Completely:

Place the clean components on a clean towel or paper towel to air dry completely. Ensure there is no lingering moisture as this can promote mold growth.

11. Reassemble and Enjoy:

Once everything is dry, reassemble your glass bong, fill it with fresh water, and enjoy your crystal-clear smoking experience.


Cleaning a glass bong might seem like a chore, but it’s essential for maintaining the taste and performance of your smoking device. Stop by one of our TALLULAH stores to purchase a glass bong cleaner. By following these steps and regularly cleaning your bong, you’ll ensure it continues to provide smooth, flavorful hits for many sessions to come. Happy smoking!