Ask a Stoner: What's the best way to clean a gnarly bong?

Dear Stoner: My bong is pretty gnarly after this past weekend. What's the easiest way to clean my glass, and how often should I do it?

Dirty Pete

Dear Pete: There are tons of products you can buy at head shops these days, but why spend $5 on a tiny bottle when a $.99 jug of rubbing alcohol and some table salt will work equally well at remedying a stinky binger or putrid pipe? It's as simple as filling your piece with a few tablespoons of salt, pouring in a half-cup of alcohol, and swishing everything around. A few pointers for a more pleasant cleaning experience:

- Get yourself a box of disposable latex gloves. Nobody likes the smell of old bong resin.

- Run hot water through your pipes for a minute or two first to loosen up the resin. If the piece is small, get some bacon tongs so you don't scald yourself.

- Plastic Q-tips work great for tight spots. Paper Q-tips tend to break off, so avoid them.

- If you're having trouble with pieces like bowls and slides, let them soak in alcohol in an old jar overnight. In the morning, give them another hot-water bath, then try the alcohol-salt shake.

- You can get rid of hard-water stains on the inside of your tube with lemon juice squeezed into the bong, then swished around with a little hot water. Give it one final, quick rinse with cold water, and your piece will sparkle.

- Clean your pipes regularly. It's much easier to spend five minutes getting rid of a thin layer of resin than it is to waste a half-hour or more cleaning out months' worth of tar and gook. Basically, step up your game and don't be a gross, dirty stoner that nobody wants to smoke with because you have grimy pipes.

Dear Stoner: A friend the other day said that marijuana is safer than water. What is he talking about?

Skip Tickle

Dear Skip: Your friend isn't just stoned and babbling. Well, he might be — but he's right about this one. Dilutional hyponatremia, or water poisoning, happens when someone drinks way too much water. Basically, when you drink much more than your body can excrete, you run the risk of swelling brain cells and causing a fluid rupture in the noggin. It's rare, but it does happen — unlike marijuana overdoses, which are about as common as a flying green unicorn that cries hash oil.

 
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18 comments
babyblue6565
babyblue6565

whats the est wa to clean out bho resin frommy bong

MrZbUrNaLoT
MrZbUrNaLoT

Dear St0nEr..I HaVa Wax Bong & it gets nasty pretty fast..how can I get all that gunk out & is it re~smoke~able..like rezin?

MrZbUrNaLoT

nottoday
nottoday

www.klearsolutions.com is awesome! and comes in a free disposable bong!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

You might be a Stupid Stoner ...

... it you're too ignorant to know how to clean that filthy phallus you waste your days sucking upon.


irq77
irq77

I usually soak my bong glassware in oil for a little while before using the salt and alcohol mix.  It seems I may just want to soak it in the alcohol.  I'll give it a whirl.  Thanks for the tip.

stevenwgiles
stevenwgiles

Your generation. You seem a pit uppity, don't you. I'm 61 years old and smoked pot longer than you have been a live. Just because you are younger don't you think you invented pot. You are just reaping the rewards that this generation started. Sorry Ask a Stoner, you don't know everything. In fact you don't know much.

malinois1
malinois1

excussssseeee me, but I OWN a green unicorn that cries hash oil. her name is lucy. 

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

Throw that shit away, and try regularly maintaining a new one, as in, clean it every other day or every week. Don't just let that shit sit there. If that's not economical, Agent Orange or some brewery wash from a homebrew store does nicely.

nemopunk15
nemopunk15 topcommenter

Another tip for cleaning smaller sticky items. Fill an old Tupperware with rubbing alcohol, let soak overnight as suggested, but with Tupperware you can shake the living shit out of whatever you're trying to clean. For VERY dirty items, soak, shake, soak, then run under hot water, repeat until it looks new.

This works great on bongs, pipes, bowls, slides, grinders, dabbers, and trimming gear.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stevenwgiles  ... Bongsucker Billy claimed that Hash Oil was recently invented ... about the time he discovered it in medical dispensaries a few years ago.

He suffers from a juvenile normative fallacy and general dearth of worldly experience.

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@stevenwgiles Apparently, this person knows how to convince others that their marijuana "advice" is somehow original.

tdjnonstop
tdjnonstop

@BackOffImStarving hahaha yee I agree with everyone else and what there saying. Plus the person asking said there bong is gnarly after this weekend 420 durrrrr,,...,,..

thefemaleofthespecies
thefemaleofthespecies

@BackOffImStarving @stevenwgiles  projecting much? where does it say or even insinuate that Ask a Stoner is claiming these tips as his and his alone?

Steven, people have been poking smot long before your generation as well, get over yourself.

Back, you just repeated the same damn thing except for your advice to 'throw that shit away'. i suppose that would be the laziest and easiest thing to do. because you know, that's always good advice, right?

your generation. geez. 

 
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