Should I Clean My Bong After Every Use?

By Kush21 Staff Editor

I’m sure you’re looking at your bong water and thinking, “is that water safe for another bowl?” Or maybe, perhaps, you’re wondering if the dirtier the bong water, the more potent the blaze will be, right? Well, unfortunately, that’s not true. Odds are, you’re probably unaware of all the germs that can grow and make shelter for themselves inside your bong.

When charred resin starts to build up inside the bong, it begins drastically changing the taste of the flower and flavor profile and acts as a landing pad for bacteria and mold. Dirty bong water can lead to some pretty severe lung infections, especially if you’re an everyday smoker. And, if you are, that means we have to protect our lungs at all costs.

So, if you have to ask yourself these questions, then the answer is yes, it’s probably time for you to clean out that dirty bong water.

So, how often Should You clean your bong?

If you’re like us, you know how tedious of a task it can be to clean out your bong water. But, we can’t risk poisoning our precious lungs. So, we do what it takes to ensure we get that clean, smooth, and flavorful smoke!

So how often is often enough? Experts suggest cleaning out your bong water thoroughly with boiling water before every use. Then, after a few days, no longer than one week, go in and deep clean your bong. If you’re someone who enjoys lighting up daily, this might seem like a lot of work. However, in the long run, this will not only save your lungs from a viral infection but also increase the value and longevity of your bong, rig, or bubbler.

A few clear indicators that it’s time to clean out your bong water are resin build-up, foul-smelling scents, black specs, or dark-colored water. Additionally, if you see mold and mildew begin sprouting, it’s time to change that bong water. These are all clear signs that the current water needs to go.

How to clean bong water

Thankfully, there are several methods in guaranteeing a polished and fresh bong. Cleaning bongs has been practiced since the early ages of smoking. Many pioneers paved the way for us, learning the proper purification methods to clean smoking supplies.

One of the most popular and “old school” methods is the isopropyl alcohol & salt mixture, used for years as one of the go-to methods for cleaning glass pieces. The salt helps to gently break down residual resin, while the alcohol washes and destroys all bacteria inside your bong. Plus, you usually have all the ingredients lying around your house, making this a straightforward and convenient method.

Isypopopal & Salt Method – Image Via Kush21

Another way to clean your glass piece is to visit Kush21’s glass and merch shop, Kush and Glass, to snag a bottle of their selection of 420 Cleaner. They offer the same clean outcome compared to rubbing alcohol, without the hassle of having to combine the ingredients yourself.

Plus, 420 Cleaner provides a solution for silicon and acrylic pieces. Unlike glass, these pieces need to be handled with special care. Alcohol can sometimes strip down silicon and acrylic materials making it an unsuitable option for cleaning. Luckily, 420 Cleaner’s A-4 formula is safe for all silicon and plastic pieces. While grabbing your bong cleaner at Kush and Glass, don’t forget to check out their wide selection of vibrant and unique glass and smoking accessories.

420 Cleaner Products – Images Via Formula420

Cleaning your bong is essential to your overall health at the end of the day. Fortunately, as mentioned, we have methods that make disinfecting your bong simple and easy. Whether you’re rummaging your pantry for salt and rubbing alcohol or heading to Kush and Glass for cleaning products, it’s important to remember to disinfect your bong at least every few days to a week and be rinsing out with hot water in between every hit. By doing so, you’ll avoid any mold and bacteria that may be trying to make a home inside your bong. Protect your bong and lungs, they’ll thank you later.

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*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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March 18, 2022

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