Over time, any frequently used bong or pipe will begin to collect tar and other particles and will require cleaning. There are several ways to clean bongs and pipes. This guide will detail a few of the ways that we found effective.
One effective method of cleaning bongs and pipes is to use an alcohol like isopropyl or rubbing alcohol to break down the deposits in the bong or pipe. Simply submerge the bong or pipe completely in alcohol and allow it to sit for atleast 24 hours. Rinse with water and you should have a sparkly clean piece again. The only downsides to this are that the first few uses after cleaning can have some alcohol scent left over. This method is also very time consuming and requires waiting unlike some of the other methods.
A variation of the above technique that works much quicker is adding salt to the alcohol and shaking the bong while covering all of its openings, the salt works as an abrasive and helps to scrub the deposits off much quicker than the alcohol alone.
In our research on the best methods of cleaning bongs and pipes, we found some commercial products that suited our needs and made the process easier. The Original Buddy – Magnetic Glass Cleaner is a neat little device that has a magnetic scrubber that is dropped into the bong and then directed around the bong's inner walls with a magnetic wand, cleaning any area you pass the wand over.
We also discovered several cleaning solutions made specifically for cleaning bongs and pipes, however we also found that for the most part the do-it-yourself cleaning techniques listed above worked just as good if not better than their expensive store bought counter-parts.
Here are some tips on preventing your bong or pipe from getting dirty in the first place.
1. Don't use any other liquids besides water inside of your bong, other liquids tend to leave sticky residue which can be painful to cleanup.
2. Tap water often has many organisms or minerals and for this reason should not be left in the bong for an extended period of time. If you plan on not changing the water very frequently, use distilled water as it is pure and has no minerals.
3. When the remaining burnt ashes are pulled through, the ash and other residues disolve into the bong water causing it to stink and change color. To maximize time between cleanings, try not to completely pull the ash through.