Smoking a bong is one of the most popular ways of consuming cannabis. But like any other smoking device, bongs require regular maintenance and cleaning to deliver the best experience. Over time, resin and other debris lodge in its nooks and crannies, making it difficult to draw properly. Fortunately, cleaning a bong is not rocket science, but a basic cleaning guide can make your experience effortless and keep your glass in a top-notch condition. In this article, we’re going to provide you with a comprehensive guide showing you how to clean a bong step-by-step.

Step 1: Gather the necessary supplies

Before delving into the cleaning process, ensure you have everything you’ll need at your fingertips. You don’t want to find yourself stranded mid-cleaning ready to go but missing crucial cleaning supplies. For starters, you’ll need warm water, salt, isopropyl alcohol or cleaning solution, cotton swabs, a paper towel, and gloves.

Step 2: Disassemble the bong

The first step to cleaning a bong is disassembling the device. Remove the bowl and any other attachments, then pour out any water in the bong. If you have a percolated bong, ensure to remove the down stem(s) or ash catcher(s) if applicable, not forgetting the bowl.

Step 3: Rinse the glass with warm water

Once you’ve disassembled the bong, rinse the glass with warm water first to reduce the resin build-up inside your bong. You may have to refill it with warm water before shaking the salt in the bong.

Step 4: Add salt and cleaning supplies

Add a reasonable amount of salt or cleaning solution to the bong, depending on your preference. Most people use coarse kosher salt as a scrubbing agent. Using hot water to dissolve or melt the salt makes it ideal for cleaning. Isopropyl alcohol is also an excellent cleaning agent, and you can combine it with salt to make an efficient cleaning mixture.

Step 5: Shake it and soak

Once you’ve added your cleaning solution or salt, cover the mouthpiece opening with your hand and ensure the base is securely held before shaking the bong vigorously. The salt and the warm water will work together to scrub any resin or debris stuck inside the bong. Shake as much and long as possible. If you’ve used salt and water, ensure you let the mixture soak for about an hour.

Step 6: Rinse, dry and reassemble the bong

Once you’ve soaked and shaken your bong, drain the mixture out completely, then rinse it with warm water until all the residue is gone. You need to ensure you don’t leave any cleaning solution residue inside the bong. Using cotton swabs, clean out any nooks or crannies that still have some stubborn resin. Once you’re done rinsing, shake out the excess water out and allow it to dry on its own. Reassemble the bong, and it’s now ready for use.


Cleaning a bong could seem like a daunting task, but with the right cleaning supplies, it’s a breeze. Regular cleaning not only ensures that you have the best smoking experience, but it also extends the longevity of the bong. Remember to rinse your bong with warm water first to reduce resin build-up, add salt or cleaning solution and shake it vigorously. Once you’ve cleaned the bong, air dry it before reassembling, and you are ready to enjoy your next session. Follow these steps, and you’ll have a clean bong to enjoy your cannabis experience.