Can you put a bong in the dishwasher

Can You Put a Bong In The Dishwasher? Learn Which Ones & How To Do It Safely

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Ever found yourself staring at a well-loved but dreadfully dirty bong, dreading the hand-cleaning it seems to need? You look at your dishwasher and imagine putting more than just plates and cups in it. You wonder, “Can you put a bong in the dishwasher?

Keeping your bong sparkling clean is vital and should be as ritualistic as your wake-and-bake hits. When you smoke from a clean bong, you can fully taste the terpenes in your flowers. Plus, you're being kind to your lungs by taking clean, smooth hits.

Let’s admit it though, bong cleaning will always be a chore and a pain in the ass for most of us.

Many people don't clean their bongs regularly because they are busy or lazy. As a result, some have turned to using dishwashers for quick cleaning. So, can you put a bong in the dishwasher?

In this enlightening guide, we'll explore whether or not you can put a bong in the dishwasher safely without risking damage to either party. We will delve into how different materials like glass, plastic, and silicone react to this cleaning method.

If it works, cleaning sessions could become easier and less boring. 

Can You Put a Bong In The Dishwasher?

The short answer is “yes” a person can put a bong in the dishwasher, however, not all bong materials are suitable for a dishwasher. Plastic or silicone bongs are generally safe when exposed to high heat. However, be cautious when cleaning glass bongs in a dishwasher as they might crack if heated excessively.

However, if your bong is made of high-end 5mm thick borosilicate glass, the chances of it shattering in a dishwasher are low.

Furthermore, because dishwashers are one size and bongs come in different sizes, it can be hard to fit a tall bong in a dishwasher. Unless, of course, you have a modular bong that can be taken apart so that each individual part can fit the dishwasher.

Fun Fact: Did you know that the dishwasher was invented in 1886 by a woman named Josephine Garis Cochran? However, it only became popular in the 1970s when the German company Miele started making them in large quantities.


As a wealthy woman who often had guests over, she created the dishwasher to wash her dishes faster than her servants and avoid damaging her expensive China. So she invented a dishwasher [2]

Josephine Garis Cochran and the first dishwasher
Josephine Garis Cochran And The First Dishwasher

Glass Bongs In The Dishwasher

When cleaning a glass bong with a dishwasher, you must take extra care because not all glass bongs are made of strong borosilicate glass.

With a glass bong if you can it's best to separate the bong parts - downstem, bowl, mouthpiece, and the base - and clean them separately.

Even with a simple glass bong, the dishwasher may not be able to clean it completely. Leftover terpenes can be very sticky and stubborn to remove, especially if your glass has been unwashed for some time. Regular dish soap may not be strong enough to completely remove sticky resin from your bong.

This is especially true for percolator bongs, which cannot be cleaned properly in a dishwasher.

VITAE Glass makes custom bongs that you can take apart, which makes them perfect for dishwasher cleaning. Our unique water pipe designs let you disassemble them into smaller parts that fit comfortably inside most dishwashers.

Bong in the dishwasher

Dishwasher Settings Matter

When washing a glass bong in the dishwasher, choose the delicate cycle to avoid high pressure or heat which could damage your bong. To avoid unwanted tastes, use a regular detergent without bleach or citrus additives.

Avoiding Damage During Wash Cycle

To prevent your items from hitting each other in the washing machine, use special plastic clips for stemware. These simple devices hold fragile items securely and protect them from jostling around too much in a dishwasher [3].

Rinsing And Drying After A Dishwasher Cleanse

Once the wash cycle finishes, take out all the bong components and set them aside to cool down. This is to prevent thermal shock, which can lead to cracks in your bong.

After removing the pieces, give them a thorough rinse under cool water. The aim here is to get rid of any remaining detergent that could affect your smoking experience. Then let all parts air dry completely before reassembling. 


Yes, you can clean your glass bong in the dishwasher. But remember to disassemble it first and give it a quick rinse under warm water before putting it in. Choose the delicate cycle with regular detergent minus bleach or citrus additives. Secure pieces separately using plastic clips for protection during wash cycles.

Plastic Bongs In The Dishwasher

Plastic bongs are durable and less prone to breakage compared to glass ones. However, the high heat and intense water pressure from dishwashers can warp or even melt them. This is because most plastic bongs aren't designed to withstand such conditions.

To keep your plastic bong clean without risking damage, consider hand washing instead.

Here's how:

  • Rinse with Warm Water: Rinse each piece under warm tap water. Avoid hot water—it can warp the plastic over time.

  • Salt & Alcohol Scrub: Pour some rubbing alcohol into each part of your bong, add a handful of coarse salt, cover all openings then shake gently but thoroughly.

  • Rinse Again & Dry: Rinse again with warm water until there’s no trace of salt or alcohol left then leave the bong out to air dry completely before reassembly.

The Safer Option for Cleaning Plastic Bongs

If you don't want to clean by hand or the resin won't come off, you can use special cleaning solutions for smoking accessories instead of a dishwasher. Brands like Orange Chronic or Green Glass Clean offer non-toxic, easy-to-use cleaners that won’t damage your plastic bong.


Though it might be tempting to clean acrylic bongs in the dishwasher, you could end up damaging them due to high heat. Hand washing is a safer option, even if it's more work.

Silicone Bongs In The Dishwasher

Silicone pieces are durable, but they still require gentle cleaning to maintain their longevity. Silicone bongs, unlike their glass or plastic counterparts, can handle the rigors of a dishwasher. But there are some tips to make sure your silicone bong comes out clean and ready for use.

Dishwasher Preparation

When placing your silicone bong in the dishwasher, aim for an upper rack placement if possible. The heat source is usually at the bottom of most dishwashers so keeping it further away can help prevent any potential warping issues.

The type of wash cycle also matters. Choose a gentle cycle that doesn't exceed 140°F (60°C). Extended exposure to high heat can harm or distort your silicone items, potentially causing damage. 

Maintenance After Washing

Once cleaned, remove all parts and air-dry them completely before putting them back together. Drying thoroughly will reduce the chances of mildew formation, which can affect taste during usage later on.

If needed, additional hand-drying using a microfiber cloth might be useful as well, especially around crevices where water tends to accumulate easily.

Apart from these, a routine inspection post-cleaning will help you spot any signs of wear and tear early on. This is vital as it lets you replace individual parts before they cause more serious issues. 


Cleaning silicone bongs in the dishwasher is doable and time-saving. Opt for an upper rack placement and a gentle wash cycle not exceeding 140°F (60°C) to avoid potential warping issues. After cleaning, dry all parts thoroughly to prevent mildew formation.

Steps to Clean Your Bong in The Dishwasher

First, check that your dishwasher settings do not have high-heat drying or sanitizing options which could harm your bong. To avoid damage, don't use harsh detergents that can leave residues and deteriorate plastic and silicone.

  1. Begin by disassembling your bong removing bowls and downtems carefully so as not to cause breakage.

  2. Rinse each part under warm tap water first, removing any loose particles of ash or residue.

  3. If there’s stubborn grime left over after rinsing use some pipe cleaners or scrubbing tools before proceeding further.

  4. Place your bong in the dishwasher away from direct heat exposure with smaller bong parts (like bowls) going in the utensil holder.

  5. Run the dishwasher on a gentle wash cycle on a low heat if possible. Do not exceed 140°F (60°C).

  6. Once the wash is complete, remove your bong and allow it to cool before rinsing with warm water to remove washing liquid residue.

A Few Things To Keep In Mind

  • It's best not to wash your bong with other dishes or silverware. Leftover food particles may get into your bong and resin residue from the bong might stick to the dishes.

  • Make sure to use the correct dishwasher liquid or tablets. Do not use a bong cleaning solution in your dishwasher if you are using it to clean your bong.

After The Dishwasher Cycle

You’ll want to let all parts dry thoroughly after washing before reassembling. Ensure there's no leftover moisture as this can affect future use or even damage your bong. Moisture also promotes bacterial growth which can pose a health risk [4].


Stay away from high-heat cycles and strong detergents, give all the pieces a good rinse under warm water before you start. Don't mix your bong in with your dishes or cutlery. After everything's done, make sure all parts are totally dry before using them again.

The Pros And Cons of Cleaning a Bong in a Dishwasher

By now it's obvious; "can you put a bong in the dishwasher", yes you can but is it the best way to clean your bong? It may be quick and easy but what impact will it have on the bong's lifetime? Are there long-term health risks to cleaning bongs in a dishwasher?

The Convenience Factor: A Pro to Consider

Cleaning a bong can be messy and time-consuming. The thought of simply loading up your dirty piece into the dishwasher alongside your dinner plates is indeed tempting.

Using a dishwasher to clean your bong could save you time and effort. It also reduces physical handling, lowering the risk of accidental breakage.

Moreover, it’s easy and convenient. Simply load up your disassembled parts (for modular designs), run your regular dishwashing cycle, and voila. You've got yourself an almost hands-free cleaning method.

Risking Damage: A Major Con to Bear In Mind

The major downside is potential damage to delicate components due to heat or mechanical action inside the machine. Modern dishwashers use gentler cycles than older ones, but there’s still a risk for delicate glass bongs.

Dishwashers might not reach every nook and cranny of complex percolators either. Ultimately, the decision comes down to personal preference. Factors like convenience, cleanliness, safety, and durability play a role. 

Cleaning a Bong in a Dishwasher vs By Hand

What are some alternative cleaning methods? We have always found cleaning our bongs by hand is the best way to walk away with a sparkling cleaning bong, especially if it contains percs. They require more time and special cleaning requirements, like cotton swabs, but in our opinion, there is no better way.

Use bong cleaning solutions to get a deep clean that in our experience beats dishwasher cleaning every time! 

Bong Dishwasher FAQs

Can I put a glass bong in the dishwasher?

You can, but it's risky. Thin glass is delicate and could crack or break under the intense heat of a dishwasher.

Can I put a bong in the washing machine?

Nope, don't do that. A washing machine's rough-and-tumble action will damage your bong.

Can you use dishwashing liquid to clean a bong?

Dish soap works for cleaning residue off a bong but may lack the power to dissolve sticky residue buildup. A bong cleaning kit with Isopropyl alcohol is better.

Can You Put a Bong In The Dishwasher, or Is It Better By Hand?

So, to sum it all up, can you put a bong in the dishwasher? The answer is yes, but it depends on your type of bong and your willingness to experiment carefully with settings.

Not all bong materials are dishwasher-friendly. Glass bongs are delicate but can handle gentle cycles. Plastic and silicone bongs could warp under high heat.

For all bongs, you should avoid harsh detergents. Moreover, it might be challenging to fit larger bongs in a standard dishwasher, unless they're modular and can be disassembled. Even then, a dishwasher might not fully clean your bong, especially if it has stubborn, sticky terpene residues.

We have found the ideal way to keep your smoking device sparkling clean is by using specialized bong cleaners. These solutions are designed specifically for removing resin and other build-ups from all types of smoking devices without causing harm. Plus they tend to leave no residue behind ensuring each smoke session tastes as fresh as the first.

So, while it might be tempting to just toss your bong in with the dishes after a long day, consider cleaning it by hand instead. This way you'll ensure that your investment lasts longer and stays looking great. 

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