How to clean a modular bong

How to Clean a Modular Bong, Custom Bong, Detachable Bong or a Stackable Bong

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When it comes to enjoying a clean, flavorful hit from your modular bong, cleanliness is key. Not only does a clean detachable bong enhance the taste of your herbs, but it also promotes a healthier smoking experience.


In this guide, we'll walk you through every step of the process, so you can keep your custom modular bong in top-notch condition.

Why Clean Your Modular Bong?

The Importance of a Clean Bong


A clean bong is essential to a high-quality smoking experience. When you invest in a high-grade glass piece and share it with friends, you want to make sure it's in the best possible condition. A dirty bong not only reduces the potency of your herbs but can also make you look neglectful and unhygienic.

Health Risks of a Dirty Bong


Did you know that bacteria can start growing in your used bong water in less than 24 hours? Inhaling smoke directly from dirty water may increase your risk of lung infections. It's not the most pleasant thought, is it?

Hot Tip: Change out your water after EVERY session!

Taste the Difference


A clean bong allows you to fully appreciate the aroma and freshness of your herbs. If you've invested in a top-quality modular bong, why compromise your experience by letting it get dirty?

Cleaning Essentials: What You'll Need

Bong cleaning items

Before we dive into the cleaning process, let's gather the necessary supplies. For a thorough clean, you'll need:


  • Your modular bong that needs cleaning

  • Hot water

  • Dish soap

  • Tap water (for rinsing)

  • Isopropyl alcohol (90% or higher is recommended)

  • Epsom salt or table salt

  • Cleaning caps and plugs for your bong


Optional, but helpful:


  • Cleaning brushes

  • Q-tips

Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning Your Modular Bong

Pre-Cleaning Steps

Remove detachable pieces from top and bottom of modular bong
Remove detachable pieces from the top and bottom of the modular bong.

We recommend cleaning each piece of your modular bong individually. This makes the cleaning process easier and reduces the risk of breaking any pieces.


  1. Carefully unscrew each piece of your bong from the connector rings. Start from the top and work your way down.

  2. Pour out any old water and give each piece a quick rinse.

  3. Lay your glass pieces flat on a soft surface, like a towel or bath rug.

Rinse and place bong parts on soft surface
Rinse and place bong parts on a soft surface.

Attention: Connector rings should be cleaned separately and should not be soaked.

Heavy Cleaning

If your custom bong is particularly dirty, you might need to do a heavy cleaning before the general cleaning process. Here's how:


  1. Mix dish soap into a bucket of hot water.

  2. Remove the caps from your bong pieces, then submerge the pieces in the soapy water.

  3. Let everything sit for 15 minutes to break down larger particles and layers of oil.

  4. Remove each piece one at a time and rinse with tap water before moving on to the general cleaning process.

General Cleaning

Mixing isopropyl alcohol with coarse salt
Mix isopropyl alcohol with coarse salt inside the bong and replace the cleaning caps.

Now that you've prepped your modular bong pieces, it's time for the main event! Here's how to do a general cleaning:


  1. Mix equal parts isopropyl alcohol and salt to create your cleaning solution.

  2. Attach the bottom cleaning caps to any pieces with bottom threads, such as mouthpieces and percolators.

  3. Fill each glass piece about 30-50% of the way with your cleaning solution, then seal the openings.

  4. Shake each piece in every direction for 1-2 minutes, or until all the dirt is gone.

  5. Rinse out the dirty water. If necessary, refill the piece with new solution and shake again. Repeat until each piece is clean.

  6. For stubborn dirt, use a cleaning brush to scrub the glass clean.

  7. Rinse with hot water, then cold water to prevent fogging. Dry each piece thoroughly.

Prevention Tip: Using an ash catcher can reduce the amount of residue built-up in your bong.

Shaking modular bong with cleaning solution
Shake the cleaning solution inside the bong part and pour it out before rinsing.

Cleaning Bowls and Downstems

To clean your bowls and downstems:


  1. Soak the pieces in a small container or bag filled with isopropyl alcohol.

  2. Add salt, then shake the container or bag until the dirt starts to come off.

  3. Clean any remaining areas with a cleaning brush, then rinse and dry.

Hot Tip: If you don't have a cleaning brush, Q-tips work well for cleaning bowls.

Cleaning Connector Rings and Cleaning Caps

To clean these pieces:


  1. Wipe the inside of the thread with a Q-tip dipped in isopropyl alcohol, then rinse with water.

  2. Dry each piece immediately to avoid damaging the outer surface.


Note: Never soak these pieces in water as it can damage the external surface.

Prevention Tip: Regularly clean and change the water in your bong. For frequent users, change your water at least once every two days and set a regular cleaning schedule.

Enjoy Your Clean Modular Bong

Once you've cleaned your bong and allowed it to dry, it's time to reward yourself with a fresh, clean hit. You've earned it!


Remember, regular maintenance is key to keeping your modular bong clean and enjoyable to use. Happy smoking!

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