How to Clean A Pipe, Vape And Bong

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It reaches a point where even the most red-eyed stoner must admit that their pipe or bong has gotten grimy to the point it needs immediate cleaning.

That time could even be now – you’re seriously craving another smoke, but your bong is far from transparent, and every hit scrapes your throat. Yup, time to clean, buddy. 

While pipe cleaning isn’t on the priority list for many smokers, it’s a pretty quick and easy endeavor that’s going to give quality sesh every time you blaze.

That’s why we’ve come up with a simple guide to help you keep your smoking apparatus clean in less than 10 minutes.

Why is it Important to Keep your Smoking Accessories Clean?

There are many reasons why you should always keep your smoking accessories clean and shiny. Aesthetics tops the list, especially with regards to the glass.

I mean, what’s the point of buying a sparkly glass bong only to leave it stained with ash and tar to the point it looks old and rusty? Don’t allow this to happen. Respect the beauty of your gear.

Frequent cleaning of your pipes and bongs also means you’ll get to enjoy the best tasting hits. If you know the extent to which growers go to produce the best quality marijuana strains, you wouldn’t want to waste any of that skill by using a dirty pipe. With tar and resin out of the way, you’ll be getting truly exquisite tastes. 

Finally, a dirty pipe or bong won’t just ruin the quality of your weed; it will also irritate your throat. Clean gear gives you a pleasantly smooth smoking experience with fresh and buttery hints. The same can’t be said about a pipe or bong filled with tar and resin.

How Often Should You Clean Your Smoking Gear?

Well, this mostly depends on how frequently you use them. If you smoke daily, tar and resin will build up much faster than if you only hit the bong once or twice a week. 

That said, leaving them dirty because you don’t use them as much isn’t prudent either. The more frequently you clean them, the more you’ll enjoy cleaner hits. 

It’s recommended that you clean your bong daily and your pipes and vapes weekly. Simply give your bong a quick rinse with soapy water or plain water after each blaze to flush out any resins and tar before they build up and form a mess. 

Of course, after a while, the buildup will be more severe, so you should give it a thorough clean every time you notice it needs one.

What Material is Your Smoking Gear Made of?

Every material requires a different cleaning method.

For instance, you risk damaging glass if you boil it in hot water, and risk ruining your wooden bongs if you use the wrong cleaning agents. 

Below we explain how you should clean each equipment.

Glass & Metal

As mentioned, equipment made of glass is extremely delicate. Even though they look so pretty, they are the riskiest of them all. 

The best way to wash glass pipes and bongs are to use alcohol or non-alcohol methods and avoid any boiling technique. Metal pipes, however, are safe to boil.


Wooden pieces, on the other hand, can be boiled in water, but using the wrong chemicals can damage them. For instance, alcohol can discolor wood and leave behind an unsightly residue. The best way to rinse wood is by using soft agents, such as vinegar.


Silicone gear is the easiest to clean. It withstands both heat and cold and can be cleaned using pretty much anything. You’re safe to experiment with any cleaning agent.

How to Clean Your Smoking Equipment

Now that you’re aware of why it’s essential to wash your pipes and bongs let’s get to the cleaning process. You’ll only need to have a few items ready, and you’re good to go. Below we talk about each cleaning method.

What You Need:

  • Cleaning brushes
  • Vinegar and baking soda
  • Dish soap
  • Plastic tub
  • Scraper or knife
  • Cotton swabs
  • Ziplock bag

How to Clean your Pipe and Bong Using Dish Soap

Step 1: Fill the sink with lukewarm water then add a small amount of dish soap to create soapy water

Step 2: Use a knife, scraper or cotton swab to remove any residue from your bong

Step 3: Slowly lower your smoking equipment into the sink and leave them to soak for 10 minutes

Step 4: Next use your brush and pipe cleaner to scrub the insides of your equipment clean

Step 5: For your pipes, insert the pipe cleaner into the stem several times while dunking it inside the water to flush out residue

Step 6: Empty the dirty water from the sink and rinse each piece using warm water

How to Clean your Pipe and Bong Using Vinegar and Baking Soda

When using vinegar and baking soda, you’ll follow different procedures for the pipe and bong. We’ll begin with the pipe.

How to Clean A Pipe

Step 1: Insert a pipe cleaner into the stem to remove any residue

Step 2: Fill up your sink with lukewarm water and add 1 teaspoon of vinegar and baking soda 

Step 3: Soak your pipe in the water for 10 minutes

Step 4: Remove it from the water and rinse using clean lukewarm water

How to Clean A Bong

Step 1: Insert a cotton swab or scraper inside to scrub out any residue

Step 2: Rinse it with lukewarm water

Step 3: Place the bong inside a ziplock bag with lukewarm water and add one teaspoon of baking soda and vinegar

Step 4: Shake it up slowly and let it rest for 20 minutes

Step 5: Remove the bong from the ziplock bag and use a brush to scrape the inside carefully

Step 6: Finally, rinse using lukewarm water and leave it to dry

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