A silicone bong has plenty of advantages over the traditional glass bongs. Silicone is extremely durable, resilient and flexible.
This means that when you fire a new hit, your silicone bong is fully heat-resilient. However, you will need to clean silicone bongs regularly.
It’s essential that your silicone bong is clean, so it provides the best airflow and you can enjoy your hit more.
Here is our step-by-step guide on how to clean a silicone bong and why you should have a regular cleaning routine for your bong.
How To Clean A Silicone Bong
There are a few different methods how you can get your silicone bong clean again. While silicone is very durable, make sure not to damage it and regularly check for cracks.
Wash Your Silicone Bong By Hand
Washing your silicone bong by hand and submerging it into soapy water means that you can fully clean it.
Step 1: Fill Up A Sink With Water
First, you will need to create a submersion station. Simply fill your sink or bathtub with water.
Step 2: Add The Cleaner
You will need to add a non-toxic cleaning solution to the water. Make sure that you follow the instructions on the cleaner label for the right water-cleaner ratio.
Step 3: Submerge The Silicone Bong
Disassemble any pieces of the silicone bong and submerge them into the water. Make sure that each part is fully underwater. Then leave them in the water overnight.
Step 4: Clean Your Silicone Bong
Once the bong soaked in water for a while, you will need to take it out and clean it properly with a cleaning brush.
Make sure that you remove any visible debris and stains. It should be relatively easy to clean the bong because the soaking should have loosened all parts.
Step 5: Rinse The Silicone Bong
Next, you will need to rinse your silicone bong and all parts properly with fresh water. Leave it to dry for an hour and then assemble the bong again.
Clean Your Silicone Bong In The Dishwasher
Cleaning a silicone bong by hand can be very time-consuming but you can also place it into the dishwasher.
Silicone is usually dishwasher-safe. This means that you only need to take it apart and put each individual piece into the dishwasher.
It’s best to use the top dishwasher rack as this is farthest away from the hot base of the dishwasher.
While silicone is very good with heat, you shouldn’t expose it directly to an extremely hot surface.
Cleaning your silicone bong in the dishwasher is the fastest and most effective way (see also “How To Clean A One Hitter“).
However, if you find your silicone bong is extremely dirty, then we would recommend the handwash method.
Freezing Your Silicone Bong
While it’s slightly easier to clean your dab rings by freezing them (see also “Can You Freeze Weed?“), you can also place your bong into the freezer.
As long as you have enough space, freezing your silicone bong will kill all the germs on the silicone surface. It will also remove any dabs and built-up resins.
Before you put the silicone bong into the freezer, remove any moisture, such as water stains. If there is any moisture in any of the bong’s parts, then ice will start to form on its surface.
Once you removed any moisture from the silicone bong, place the disassembled bong into the freezer and leave it for a few hours. Then take it out and quick away any of the frozen resins.
This silicone bong cleaning method isn’t as quick as the dishwasher but it can be very effective when you have a thick resin built-up.
Can You Clean A Silicone Bong With Alcohol?
No, you shouldn’t use any alcohol-based cleaners with your silicone bong or any other silicone items (see also “Best Cleaner For Bongs“).
Alcohol stops the silicone from curing, leading to cracks and damage to the silicone surface.
It’s important that you clean your silicone bong only with mild detergents or soaps that don’t contain any toxic chemicals.
How Often Should You Clean Your Silicone Bong?
You should clean your silicone bong at least once a week if you use it regularly. We recommend that you never leave your silicone bong dirty for too long.
Debris, such as dust, can easily settle on your silicone bong and in the airflow channels. This means you would inhale all these unwelcome substances.
They do not just impact the quality of your hits but also your own safety. Plus, debris can even damage the silicone surface long-term.
Why Should You Clean Your Silicone Bong Regularly?
There are many good reasons why you should keep a regular cleaning routine when it comes to a silicone bong.
While silicone is extremely durable, the surface can catch dust and other debris which end up in the airflow channels. You could inhale these compounds making you sick.
Cleaning The Silicone Bong Improves The Flavor
The resins that build up inside a silicone bong can significantly impact the flavor of your hot.
The smoke that finds its way through the bong takes some of these debris with it when you inhale. This means you end up with a burnt or stale taste.
Cleaning your silicone bong allows you to remove all these debris and you can enjoy the pure smoke flavor again.
Cleaning The Silicone Bong Improves The Airflow
Whenever you fire a hit with your bong, there is a little bit of resin and ash that accumulates on the inside walls of your bong.
After using it for some time, these debris start to interfere with the airflow through the bong, making it more difficult to inhale the smoke.
Cleaning The Silicone Bong Makes Your Bong Look Better
A dirty bong doesn’t just work in the right way but it also looks unsightly. That’s why, it’s best to regularly clean your silicone bong, especially when you also use it as a display piece.
Cleaning a silicone bong isn’t very difficult. You can either wash it with non-toxic soapy water by hand or put it into the washing machine.
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