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How Often Should You Clean Your Bong

By Kush21 Editor

We’ve all took a rip out of a dirty bong. Dirty bong water was all the proof your friends needed that you’re a daily toker. Some even have said that a fat bowl will get you higher the dirtier your bong water is. You know the old, fermented smell of it every time you roast your favorite strain from Kush 21.


Unfortunately, the tooth fairy isn’t real, Santa Claus isn’t coming down the chimney, and dirty bong water is one of the worst health hazards when it comes to smoking pot. Moderate to heavy users should be changing the water in their bongs almost daily. And not just with bongs, any form of smoking device that requires water should be cleaned regularly.


The longer the water stays in a bong after usage creates tons of toxins and biofilm that contains spores of mold, bacteria, and thousands of microorganisms. All things that you should never ingest or inhale. It’s almost impossible to know what exactly is growing in the water of your bong, pipe, or dab rig after sitting for more than 24 hours. That brown lake of questions that sits in your favorite piece may assist / lead to severe health issues including mold ingestion, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), and many other respiratory related problems. Ever get a headache after burning down some fire out of your dirty bong? These are signs that you are poisoning yourself.


Fortunately, there are several ways to clean and sterilize your pieces to ensure your safety. One way to clean glass bongs and pipes would be boiling them in hot water. Disclaimer: You will have to clean whatever pot you use to heat the water afterwards as well. After boiling your piece, remove it from the boiling water and let it sit until it cools. Shake the contents of the piece and dump out the remains.

Another way to clean your personal piece is with rubbing alcohol and iodized salt. First, add a tablespoon or 3 (depends on the size of the bong) of salt to the bottom, and then fill your piece about half way with rubbing alcohol, preferably 91% and up. (Any rubbing alcohol below 91% will not clean your piece very well) Shake the two together inside your bong and dump the contents. Then, add some fairly hot water to the piece and shake it again. Ask any hardcore dabber or bong rip champion, rubbing alcohol is a must when maintaining the cleanliness and appearance of your glass piece. Rubbing alcohol is also great for cleaning silicone bongs and rigs as well.

You can also visit Kush 21’s glass and merch shop, Kush And Glass to pick up any brand of 420 Cleaner we have. They provide a similar cleaning as rubbing alcohol for your smoking device of choice. Not to mention, Kush 21 has some amazing glass and silicone rigs to assist with taking you higher.

Keeping your bong clean can make your smoking experiences not only healthier but also tastier. No one likes or wants to taste and smell the toxic waste you let fester at the bottom of your favorite pipe you’ve been using since college. Some even think it’s cool or rebellious to never change out your bong water and those are the same people sitting in the hospital getting prescribed antibiotics for the mold that’s having a heyday on your immune system. Make cleaning your bongs a daily ritual, more than your weekly visits to your favorite Kush 21 location.

*All information, content, and material of this website is for informational purposes only and are not intended to serve as a substitute for the consultation, diagnosis, and/or medical treatment of a qualified physician or healthcare provider.

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December 26, 2018

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