Ever wonder how often you should be cleaning your bong? Once a week? Once a day? And what about your dab rig and that quartz banger? Or your favorite glass pipe? The internet is full of answers and really it does vary a lot. This makes it hard to know what’s best. So for the sake of hygiene and a more solid smoking experience, here are Roottie’s recommendations for keeping your sessions clean and delicious.
Bongs and Dab Rigs
For any smoking that has water involved in it, the best path is to clean the water after every session. If you’re like a lot of us out there, your day may be one long session, and that’s ok! Just follow your nose and your taste buds. If it’s stinking up your house, why would you want to smoke from it anyway? Definitely change your water if it affects the flavor of your cannabis. You wouldn’t drink funky old water; don’t make your poor cannabis suffer through it either!
Nails, Bangers, and Buckets
Your quartz banger or titanium nail should be cleaned every time you dab. It’s called Q-tip tech and without it you’ll deal with some burnt flavors and burnt oil. It’s a good idea to keep a small jar of cotton swabs by your rig. Just sweep away the extra oil and you’ll be good to go. As for a more thorough cleaning, burn off any excess you see as you go. For most, this means about once or twice a week.
Pipes and other Waterless Pieces
Pipes and other waterless pieces are a slightly different story. Water (especially bong water) is essentially the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. This makes waterless pieces a more hygienic way to go. It’s trickier to say when to clean them though, due to their varying sizes and how much you use them. Basically, bigger pieces will take longer to get filthy, but longer to clean in the end. Smaller pieces will clog up sooner, but are quicker to become like-new. It’s best to find a routine that works for you, but if you really want to keep your pieces tidy it would be best to clean anywhere from once a day to a couple times a week.
The tried-and-true method of cleaning bongs, rigs, and pipes is 91% isopropyl alcohol and epsom or sea salt. For bongs and rigs, pour about one to three tablespoons of the salt into your empty piece, then fill it with about as much rubbing alcohol as you would water. If you can get away with less, great! Otherwise, this amount seems to be a good rule of thumb. After you have both the isopropyl and the salt in there just shake it until it all the gunk starts to break loose and come clean. Then rinse and wash as you would a dish and you’re ready to go.
For waterless pieces, remove as much of the build up as you can, then fill a ziploc bag or a sealable container with the same mixture as for bongs. Put your piece in and shake until it comes clear. If you haven’t cleaned it in a while, let it soak for a few hours and then give it another try. Then rinse, and allow to dry.
If you’re the type that loves to upgrade everything in their cannabis experience, there is no shortage of options when it comes to cleaning. There are all sorts of solutions, wipes, and cleaning kits you can purchase to help aid in your quest for cleanliness.
Did we miss anything? Do you have any nifty tricks or secrets for keeping your sessions fresh? Let us know down in the comments!