How to Clean a Bong

The ultimate guide to cleaning water pipes

Wondering how to clean a bong? You’re only a few steps away with this easy to follow guide. We’ve got tips to help you keep your bong clean, too.

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Unit 1 of How to clean A Bong- How to Clean a Bong

How to Clean a Bong: A step-by-step guide

Step 1: Empty & Rinse

Step 1: Empty & Rinse
Empty your bong water and rinse it multiple times with warm/hot water.

(remove as much debris as possible during this stage to conserve on cleaning materials in next step)

Step 2: Add salt and alcohol

Step 2: Add Salt & Alcohol

Pour a medium amount your alcohol solution into the bong followed by a handful of salt.

If you plan on mostly “soaking” it; add some more alcohol (more time, less work)

If you plan on mostly “shaking” it; add some more salt (less time, more work)

Step 3: Cover openings

Step 3: Cover Openings
Cover any openings with appropriately sized material. The goal is to keep things sealed and prevent leaking/spilling in the next step.

We use Res Caps to clean our bong. It is also in our Pro Tips & Tricks on how to clean a bong.

Alternatively, try cotton balls to cover bowl/stem openings and a small hand towel for the main tube of the water pipe.

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Step 4: Shake it, Baby

Step 4: Shake It
After letting the alcohol solution soak, it’s time to shake things up.

Firmly grasp the covered openings of your bong closed and shake the solution inside. The salt will act as a light abrasive to clean through the tough spots along the inside of the glass.

This is where ResCaps really comes in handy!

Step 5: Empty & Rinse

Step 5: Empty & Rinse
Empty the dirty solution and rinse with clean water.

Rinse your bong several times to ensure there’s no trace of alcohol or fumes.

Then, fill your bong up with fresh water.

Enjoy a crisp, clean smoke sesh!


This is the most popular way to clean a bong. And also the most effective.


  • A deep sink or tub with running water
  • An Alcohol Solution (1 of options below)
    • 91%+ Isopropyl (popular choice)
    • 70%+ Isopropyl (for lighter cleaning)
    • 100% Acetone/Nail Polish Remover (for heavier cleaning)
  • Some Coarse Salt (1 of options below)
    • Epsom Salt (popular choice)
    • Coarse Sea Salt
    • Rock Salt
  • Plugging/Stuffing Material (1 of options below)
    • Cotton Balls (popular choice)
    • Q-tips (smaller openings)
    • Hand towels (larger openings)
Unit 2 of How to Clean A Bong- How to keep it Clean


You know that fresh feeling from a super clean bong?

Well you can extend the life of that fresh clean glass with a few simple strategies.

Ash Catchers

Ash Catchers
Ash Catchers & Precooler Percolators

Use external attachments to outsource all the dirty work.

Ash catchers are attachments for your bong to help keep things clean.

The ash, debris, and resin of each bowl gets caught in the ash catcher instead of going directly into your bong.

This helps keep your bong clean for longer without that annoying, mucky buildup of resin along the inside of your glass.

Water Cycles

Water Cycles
Recycle water regularly (Fresh water = Fresh smoke)

Develop a routine to regularly replenish your bong with fresh water. We promise, you’ll thank yourself later.

Depending on your use, try to refresh daily or weekly.

Refreshing your bong seems pretty obvious, but is often the most neglected way of keeping a bong clean.

Feed your bong fresh water!

Store it Empty

Store It Empty
Stash your bong without any water in it.

This strategy requires the most effort. But it is also the most efficient for keeping your bong clean over time.

The rules are simple. Only fill with your bong with water when you need to smoke – and then just empty it out before you put it away.

Highly recommended for anyone that only smokes every once-in-awhile.

Unit 3 of How to Clean A Bong- Pro Tips & Tricks


Lemon Drops

Lemon Drops Fresh lemon juice prevents the buildup of residue.

Add a few drops of fresh lemon juice to your bong water to help keep it clean longer. The active enzymes break down and prevent resin buildups on the inner glass.

It also helps kill the notorious “bong water” smell to keep things fresh.

Just a few drops in the water of your bong will work magic. So go lightly.

Too much will start overpowering your smoke sesh.

Refreezable Ice

Refreezable IceUse refreezable ice cubes to preserve the perfect water level.

Replace traditional ice cubes with a fun set of refreezable ice cubes! As a result, don’t worry about the melting race against the clock anymore.

Another reason is it can take awhile to find the perfect water level for your bong. So when you finally find it, you don’t want to mess it up.

This little tip lets you enjoy icy cool hits without melting ice cubes raising your water levels.

Remember to use pieces that are small enough they won’t get stuck in your bong!

Res Caps

Res Caps

Res Caps create an air tight seal around the joints, or holes in your water pipes, bongs or concentrate rigs. Simply add your cleaning solution(s), pop the caps on and shake away!

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