How to Clean a Dab Rig

Dab rigs need to be cleaned at least once in a while if you want your smoke sessions to be clean and healthier.

There are a few ways to clean a bong and here we will discuss how to clean bongs effectively so you can thrive with a clean toke on a weekly or even daily basis. 

Cleaning bongs isn’t a daunting chore when you know the proper method for handling the job efficiently, and knowledge will empower you to overcome a dirty bong in no time!

The Best Ways to Clean a Bong or a Pipe

Cleaning a bong without rubbing alcohol, try using extra salt, warmer water or nail polish remover.

The best way to clean bongs is to use some form of solvent to effectively mitigate the sticky factors of dabbing or smoking. 

This will ensure that you can break down what is stuck to the glass and effectively wash it away. Cleaning a bong with alcohol is the most common street method, but there are special cleaners you can buy.

Isopropyl Alcohol vs. Specialty 420 Cleaners

The Isopropyl method is tried and true and you can get some at your local market. However, you should consider using a brand online that is 99.9 percent for the best results. 

Also, try using salt and warm water in conjunction for great results. 420 cleaners are more convenient but also more expensive. However, you can reuse them many times which is an added benefit to consider.

How to Clean a Bong, Pipe or Rig With Isopropyl Alcohol

Clean a dab rig by Pouring 91% or 99% isopropyl alcohol into the bong and add some coarse salt, such as Epsom or rock salt, as an abrasive.

First, make sure the bong is emptied and you remove the percs, downstem, and keck clips. After that, pour the alcohol in through the downstem hole. 

If you have a bong that has multiple chambers then you want to also pour it in on the top. From there, you must move around the liquid so it’s evenly in the chambers by tipping it over slightly.

Gather Your Materials

Before you start cleaning, make sure you have some rags handy along with smaller tools to soak in your desired cleaner because you might need to get in there and clean smaller areas that need more attention. 

You will also need access to running water to thoroughly rinse it afterward so your water tastes pure.

Start Cleaning

Now that you have gathered everything, it’s time to start cleaning and you can start with the area around the downstem with some q tips to make it slide in better. 

Soak the bowl completely in the cleaner to break down the caked resin or oil. From there, you should let the bonk soak for a minute before shaking.

Soak and Shake

This is the part that most people dread because things can get slippery. It’s wise to purchase a grip mat so you don’t slip and drop your bong. 

Shake vigorously up and down with a firm grip and you can keep the hole covered with your hand or purchase a special cap to keep the liquid contained. This can take a few minutes so be patient and you’ll get a good workout.

Rinse and Enjoy a Toke

Rinse the water thoroughly at least 3 different times, and if you have multiple in-built percs then the water must travel there or you’ll be tasting something unpleasant. 

The way to tell if it’s ready is when the water doesn’t fizz too much and is pure. If there’s a minor amount of alcohol still present after the first toke then rinse it one more time.

Use a Natural Bong Cleaner

A natural bong cleaner might be a viable option for you if you’re looking to have the healthiest possible experience. Most head shops have these options and they’re affordable. 

They will give you peace of mind when cleaning your bongs and you will know that you are taking the safe route.

Cleaning Pipes With Solvents

Solvents are a great way to clean your pipes and one of the best things you can do is simply soak them for a couple of hours and be patient. 

This will help to take off all the heavy resinous material and it will be very easy to clean afterward. The time might vary depending on how often you smoke from a pipe.

Cleaning Your Bong With Boiling Water

Boiling water will help you to nail those heavy problem areas, but you can prevent this by conducting a monthly or even weekly clean of your bong. 

However, sometimes you simply let it go too long, and boiling water will help to address this situation by applying heat to melt down the residue more effectively.


These methods described are all reliable when cleaning your bong, and it’s really a matter of individual preference. If you want to save a buck and go for the cheaper route then there’s nothing wrong with that. 

If the taste is something you’re aspiring to and want a premium and thorough experience, then consider the 420 cleaner or natural options for a more refined clean! Now you’re well on your way to a smooth and milky rip from a freshly cleaned piece!