First piece of advice: do not clean your bong when you’re under the influence. You may accidently break it by dropping the slippery glass object or knocking it over causing it to break. Once you are sober, tackling the resin that has built up in your bowl and bong will be easy. Resin will find itself in the sink, on the counter, and on the floor. It is very sticky and easily stains surfaces; therefore it should be immed iately wiped off. If the glassware has not been cleaned for several months, soaking in hot soapy water will be necessary to loosen resin particles. Purchasing glass and bowl cleaners from smokeshops is not necessary. Your money can be better spent elsewhere as these products tend to be overpriced.
You can create the same solution by purchasing the strongest alcohol possible. Pour some alcohol with large rock salts into the bong and seal off all holes by using saran wrap and rubber bands. Shake the bong carefully to allow the rocks to scratch and remove built up resin. Rinse with hot water and repeat these steps until almost all the resin has washed off. Soaking the bong in hot water, alcohol and salt overnight may be needed to remove excess resin build up. You can also soak glass bowls in the same solution to remove built up resin and ash. Other cleaning options include OxyClean and dish washing detergent. Cleaning the outside and mouth piece with hot water and soap is also recommended. Always make sure to thoroughly rinse the bong to remove any salt and alcohol residue.
These are the necessary steps in order to properly clean glass bongs. If you are experiencing problems with bad odour, soaking your bong with hot water and lemon juice is recommended. Remember, it’s important to keep your tools clean to prevent attracting the heat and to fully enjoy your bud. Taking the time to clean and sanitize bongs and pipes on a regular basis will create proper smoking habits.