How to Clean a Water Bong

Water bongs come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. What is most important is what they are made of. You can find them in all types of materials. They can prove to be some of the most difficult to thoroughly clean. Depending on what your water bong is made of, there are different cleaning methods. This article will detail how to clean your bong, depending on the material.

by: Anthony E. | 03/06/23 2:30PM


Easiest Types of Bongs to Clean

The easiest types of bongs to clean will be made of silicone, hands down. It also helps if your bong is on the smaller side. Large bongs, especially those made of glass, are a nightmare to clean. They are large, heavy, fragile, and expensive. Not exactly a winning combo for a good long-term investment.

Silicone can be taken apart to make it easier to clean internally. A smaller bong will also mean less time to clean because there is not much surface area. The easiest types of bongs to deal with are those that are flexible. Not all bongs can be taken apart or dipped into boiling hot water.


Glass vs Silicone vs Ceramic vs Plastic

Glass is beautiful. Designs on glass can be quite intricate. Some glass can even change colors. Though this all comes with a major drawback. Glass is cumbersome, heavy, fragile, and inflexible. Not to mention that glass tends to be quite expensive as well. Ceramic is similar in all these areas. Plastic is brittle, cheap, and inflexible.

A clear winner here is silicone. Not only is cleaning a silicone bong a breeze, but it is much more affordable and efficient in the long run. Silicone is light, ergonomic, durable, and flexible. All these qualities make it easy to clean. The best part is that it is also an affordable option in so many designs.

Size Matters

Bigger isn’t always better. This is especially true for bongs you are trying to clean. The bigger the bong, the longer your cleaning session will be. The only real exception here is if your bong is made of silicone. This is no surprise considering how silicone can be taken apart for easy maintenance.

In fact, if you do have a big bong made of silicone, it can be easier to clean depending on the design. Smaller bongs are sometimes easier to clean. Those made of glass will also be more tedious since it will be very hard to get all the gunk out. If you have free access to the inner part of your bong, it should be much easier to clean thoroughly.


Best Way to Clean a Water Bong

Depending on what your bong is made of, there are a number of ways to clean it. For glass, large or small, you will want to go for some rubbing alcohol. Some glass bongs are durable enough to withstand boiling water. Never put a cold bong in boiling water, and never put a hot bong in ice water.

Plastic can be annoying to clean. For one, you cannot boil it. Also, alcohol will make the plastic brittle over time, and might leach chemicals into the water if not properly rinsed. With silicone, you can use alcohol to clean it, and the silicone will be completely fine. You can also throw you silicone bong parts into some boiling water, it’ll be fine. After drying the parts, you may want to detail them with alcohol to finish for a thorough cleaning.

Final Thoughts

There is not much in the way of cleaning a water bong. They are notorious for collecting gunk around the walls of the water chamber. This is why having a bong that opens is so practical. When cleaning a glass bong for example, make sure you shake the alcohol within the chamber to loosen up the residue.

The best choice here will be a silicone bong. You will not need to be as vigorous with your cleaning methods. Simply boil, wipe, and dry before using. It is very simple and straightforward. No need for measurements when gauging how much water or alcohol to use. Just go with common sense.

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