Riding that mango high?
Rumor has it that eating a mango shortly before smoking cannabis can intensify your high. Instead of simply peeling a mango, we suggest making a delicious plate of fresh shrimp mango shooters. Not only will you be combating future munchies, but you might be able to enhance the effects of the THC.
Of course, if you have a grimy, dirty-looking bong, you won’t be enjoying those delicious mango flavors for long. Resin-filled bongs create harsh hits and can ruin your mellow.
Don’t worry, though! Cleaning a bong is stupid easy, as long as you know what you’re doing. Read on to learn the top tips for cleaning your bong like a pro.
Cleaning a New Bong
Before we dive into cleaning a bong filled with resin, let’s talk about cleaning a new bong. If you just bought a new bong from an online head shop, then it’s a good idea to give it a quick rinse. Using warm but not hot water, fill up your entire piece.
Carefully pour the water out through the stem of your piece, and repeat the process 2-3 times. You won’t need to use any type of cleaner since there isn’t any cannabis smoke residue on the glass. However, to keep your glass sparkling clean, you’ll want to clean your bong after every use.
Using Isopropyl Alcohol
If you don’t want to go to the store to buy a special bong cleaner, you can achieve a new bong look with isopropyl alcohol and salt. For the best results, we suggest using half a bottle to an entire bottle of isopropyl alcohol.
Different Types of Bongs
There are so many different types of bongs, and the amount of isopropyl you’ll need will varies based on size. If you have a 3 ft high piece, you’ll probably wind up using the whole bottle. Whereas, if you’re simply using a tiny handheld bubbler, you might only need a quarter of the bottle.
Shake Things Up
Pour out your dirty bong water. Next, remove the bowl and set it somewhere safe. Now you’re ready to pour the isopropyl alcohol into the stem of the bong.
Add a generous amount of salt. The more coarse the salt, the more effective it’ll be. We suggest using Himalayan salt.
Himalayan salt is a little more expensive, but the course material does an excellent job of wiping the glass clean. After you have the concoction sitting in the bong, you can begin to shake things up.
Carefully swirl the isopropyl alcohol around the bong, helping it touch all of the glass areas. Once you feel confident moving the piece around, you can start to get more aggressive.
As long as you have a firm grip, begin to firmly shake the bong. You’ll need to continue shaking for about 3 to 5 minutes. Take breaks as needed.
Pour out that isopropyl alcohol, salt, mixture. You’ll notice that the combination is now black since it’s full of all the resin being removed from the glass. If your bong still has dirty spots, repeat the process until it looks perfect.
Getting Your Bowl Clean
Now you’ll need to take a Ziploc bag and fill it up with isopropyl alcohol too. After putting in the alcohol, add another generous amount of salt.
Carefully place the bowl into the bag, and seal it tight. Once you’re sure the bag is completely closed, begin shaking it vigorously.
We suggest shaking the bag for about 2 to 3 minutes to get the best results. After 2 to 3 minutes, pour everything out, and rinse off the bowl. If it’s not perfectly clean, repeat the entire process until it is.
Have you been shaking your bong in an isopropyl alcohol salt mix, and it’s still not coming clean? Then you might need to pre-soak your bong and lukewarm water. Especially dirty bongs can benefit from a 3-hour long soak before you continue the cleaning process.
Fill up your kitchen sink with warm water, and add in some dish soap. You won’t need a lot of dish soap; just a little bit will do the trick. Carefully lay your bong, with the bowl in the stem piece, inside the sink.
After letting it sit in soapy water for a few hours, rinse the bong thoroughly. Be extra careful to remove all of the soapy residues since dish soap can cause an upset stomach. After pre-soaking your bong, you can go ahead and begin cleaning it with isopropyl alcohol and salt method.
Cannabis Industry Bong Cleaners
What about cleaning a bong with store-bought cleaners? Depending on the types of bongs you’re trying to clean, you could benefit from buying a cannabis industry cleaner. There’s a lot of different types of cleaners available at head shops and online.
We suggest looking for a cleaner that has a reusable feature. Some cleaners allow you to soak the bong in the solution and then drain the solution back into its original container. It sounds a little bit gross, but it can help save you a lot of money in the long run.
The intense chemicals used to make bong cleaning solutions can be kind of pricey. Recycling the solution for 2-4 uses can help you get the most bang for your buck.
We suggest doing a little bit of online research before committing to any name brand. Find out what other cannabis enthusiasts are saying about the product.
Is it giving them the results that they wanted? Or are you noticing a lot of unfavorable reviews? After reading about 5 to 10 customer reviews, you should have a pretty good idea of what the products are capable of.
Finally, steer clear of any cleaners that make promises that are too good to be true. If the cleaner promises to have your bong looking new in 5 minutes, it’s probably a lie. Truly dirty bongs are going to need at least 30 minutes or more of soaking to come clean.
Cleaning a Bong Like a Pro
Now you know how to start cleaning a bong like a pro! If you don’t already have isopropyl alcohol and salt, make it a point to buy it today. Be sure to also stock up on Ziploc bags too, so you can get your bowl squeaky clean.
Once you make it a habit of smoking out of a clean bong, you’ll never be able to go back.
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