How to clean a glass bong without alcohol
To enhance your smoking experience, it's important to keep your daily driver clean. But let's be real, sometimes you just don’t have rubbing alcohol, so you’ve got to get creative. This article is all about upcycling common products and cleaning your glass bong. So many people don’t know how to clean a glass bong with household products or balk at the idea of not using alcohol or another manufactured cleaner, but there are some great cleaning recipes out there to be taken advantage of. We took the time to compile them here for you. While this list was created with glass in mind, no matter your type of bong, we have a solution for you.
Step 1 Identify the size of the job
Smaller pieces are easier to clean because you can toss them (gently) into a plastic bag for quick and easy cleaning. Make sure the bag is sealed and you can even double bag it if you feel like being super safe. More detail on this on Step #4.
Larger pieces are typically a bit messier, so it’s best to accept that in the beginning. If you have a larger piece, you will likely use your hands to plug some of the holes unless you have cleaning plugs. If you’ve never heard of cleaning plugs, you can check some out here. You can also use silicone wine plugs like this if you’re trying to find something around the house. Some stores carry glass plugs, but we don’t recommend those as they inherently leak which… is the whole point! If you already have a glass cleaning plug and are trying to assuage the leaking issue, get some hemp wick, wrap it around the base, and plug your piece like that.
Step 2 Choose your fighters
Time to choose your fighters aka decide which household products you want to go with.
Below is a list of popular items to try in lieu of alcohol. You can use solo or mix and match. It all depends on the level of resin buildup within your piece and the piece's size and shape. All of these methods work best if you allow for soaking time.
Distilled white vinegar
Tea tree oil
Step 3 Choose your salt
Once you choose your cleaning liquid, it’s time to decide on a type of salt. You can go with your standard table salt but if you have a particularly heavy duty job, coarse salt or rock salt is the way to go. From classic table salt to fancy Himalayan pink salt, any salt will do.
No salt in the kitchen? Head to the bathroom and grab some Epsom salt if you have it. Epsom salt is the type of salt that you soak with to soothe aches and pains. Use only unscented for safety.
Step 4 Get to shaking
Okay so we lied. Before you shake, you must combine your products. This step has 2 parts.
If you are using a ziploc (see step 1), then you need to put the piece inside the ziploc first. Then pour in the rest of your ingredients without overfilling the ziploc. It’s also a good idea to double bag the ziploc if you can/have the supplies. If you can’t double bag it, then just make sure you are cleaning it either outside, over a sink, over a bathtub, over a large towel or in a room that’s easily cleaned like a bathroom or kitchen.
If you aren’t using a ziploc, then just make sure you are plugging up the holes with your hands and are cleaning it either outside, over a sink, over a bathtub, over a large towel or in a room that’s easily cleaned like a bathroom or kitchen.
Repeat these steps. It may take you several attempts and you may need to soak especially dirty pieces a second time. Pouring it all out and starting again etc.
Step 5 Rinse, rinse, rinse
Once your piece is clean, rinse and repeat. This step is a must and we highly recommend doing it at least twice. Even if you chose all edible products, you should still rinse generously. So rinse, rinse, and rinse again just to play it safe.
And voilà - you are ready with a clean piece to light up.
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