Are Bongs Dishwasher Safe? [Discover the Truth + Cleaning Tips]

Are Bongs Dishwasher Safe? [Discover the Truth + Cleaning Tips]

Ever wondered if there’s a quicker way to clean your bong? Or maybe even asked yourself, “can i put this dirty thing in the dishwasher?”. Short Answer: NO! Today, we’re here to solve the mystery and provide you with a complete guide on how to clean your bong the right, and wrong, way. Learn the pros and cons of the washer method and our best tips to keep your bong smoking smoothly!

Key Takeaways

  • Learn why you SHOULD NOT put your piece in the dishwasher and the effect it can have on different materials!

  • Follow our step by step guide on how to clean your bong in the most effective and safe way possible.

  • Discover how regular cleaning improves water filtration & quality of smoke while reducing the risk of dangerous bacteria.

Dishwasher Dilemma: Can I Put My Bong In It?

dog in dishwasher

The idea of cleaning bongs in a dishwasher might seem as appealing as it is convenient, but is it the right method for you? The answer depends on what your bong is made of. Most bongs are typically constructed from:

  • Glass

  • Ceramic

  • Silicon

  • Plastic

  • Metal

Not all materials are suitable for dishwasher cleaning and the heat associated with it. While most materials are safe in the dishwasher, glass is especially fragile and should avoid these conditions of possible.

Glass Bongs and Dishwashers

bong in dishwasher

Glass is by far the most popular material for bongs due to its visual appeal and the smooth rips it provides. However, cleaning them in the dishwasher is not recommended. The delicate nature of the glass and the potential for damage greatly increases with high heat and detergents. If you want to ensure the longevity of your glass piece, stick to traditional glass cleaning methods such as alcohol and salt and keep it away from the dishwasher. 

Plastic, Silicone, and Metal Bongs in the Dishwasher

Alternatively, plastic, silicone, and metal bongs are more suitable for dishwasher cleaning. These materials can sometimes withstand the heat and water pressure typically found in dishwashers. However, a pre soak with alcohol and salt is recommended to remove any large resin chunks. While this method should be safe for most pieces made of these materials, it is not recommeded and puts your piece at great risk for damage.

The Right Way to Clean Your Bong

bong cleaning materials

Now that we know the benefits and drawbacks of the dishwasher method, let's focus on the best and most common way to clean your bong. Bong cleaning is simple and requires only 2 ingredients, isopropyl alcohol and salt. Regular cleaning can significantly improve your sesh and extend the bong’s lifespan as it will not get stained by leftover residue.

Cleaning Solutions and Tools

While it may seem overwhelming to clean an extra dirty bong, it is actually fairly easy and quick! Rubbing alcohol, also known as isopropyl alcohol, and salt, are known to be effective in removing any stuck-on resin. Using these solutions in combination with pipe cleaners and cotton swabs allows for thorough cleaning of hard-to-reach areas, ensuring a fully clean piece.

Step-by-Step Bong Cleaning Guide

Ready to give your bong a proper clean? Follow our step-by-step guide to ensure a thorough and effective cleaning process:

  1. Pre-cleaning: Remove any dirty water from the piece and rinse it with warm water to clear out any large resin chunks.

  2. Cleaning solutions and tools: Plug the bowl joint of your bong with a paper towel and pour isopropyl alcohol and salt in through the mouthpiece. Making sure it drains into every chamber of your piece. Then you can plug the mouthpiece to keep the solution inside

  3. Shake it up: Gently shake the bong for a few minutes to scrub away resin and film. Tilt your piece to draw the solution into hard to reach areas.

  4. Rinse it: Thoroughly rinse the clean bong with warm water and use a pipe cleaner or wipe to remove any residual resin.

  5. Dry it: Allow your bong to air dry before assembling and using it again. Ensure there is no leftover salt or alcohol residue in your piece and you are good to go!

Why you should regularly clean your piece!

very dirty bong

If doubts remain about the necessity of frequent bong cleaning, think about how a dirty bong could affect your smoking experience. A dirty bong can make the smoke taste dirty and musty, taking away from your experience and the flavor of your herb. To be safe, it’s recommended to replace your bong water daily and perform a deep clean at least once a week. Your lungs and taste buds will thank you for it!


In conclusion, while dishwasher cleaning may be suitable for plastic and silicone bongs, it’s not the best method for glass pieces due to the risk of damage. Hand washing with isopropyl alcohol and salt is the best method for most bongs. Regularly cleaning your bong not only improves your smoking experience but also reduces health risks and prolongs the bong’s lifespan. So, invest the time and effort in cleaning your bong properly and avoid the dishwasher if possible. Your lungs and taste buds will thank you for it!

Frequently Asked Questions

What cleans really dirty bongs?

For really dirty bongs, mix 91% or 99% isopropyl alcohol with coarse salt, like Epsom or rock salt, and shake the mixture in the bong. Let it soak for 10 minutes before dumping out and wiping off with a paper towel or brush.

Is it bad to clean your bong in the sink?

Soaking your bong in warm water with is an effective way to do a quick cleanup on your bong but will not provide the same cleanliness level as cleaning with alcohol and salt.

How often should I clean my bong?

It's important to clean your bong every few days to keep it clean and maintain an enjoyable smoking experience.

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