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Originally Published June 1, 2015.

Whether it is a daily habit or something you remember to do once every few months, cleaning a bong is a task that most smokers will have to go through at some point in time.

Aside from the obvious reason of killing bacteria that has built up over constant usage, the feeling of smoking from a freshly cleaned glass bong is one that can turn an average session into a great one. Here is three ways to make your bong feel as close to brand new as possible:

1. Home Remedy

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What you need:

First, place the slide and bowl off to the side. Begin by running hot water through the bong for a couple minutes, as this will assist in loosening up the resin left from previous smoking sessions. After that, scoop 2-3 tablespoons of salt into the bong, followed by half a cup of rubbing alcohol. Cover all holes and gently shake the alcohol and salt mixture around, allowing the abrasive mixture to touch all sides of the glass. Let it sit for a few minutes to soak, and then run hot water through for a final rinse. If any residue is left, use the Q-Tips to clean the select areas that need the extra attention.

Follow the same process for the slide and bowl to clean them as well. Be sure all alcohol is rinsed from each piece before using.

2. Denture Tablets

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What you need:

First, place the slide and bowl in separate Ziploc bags. Next, drop 1-3 denture tablets, depending on size, in the bong and fill with hot water. Allow the fizzing process to take place within the bong for about 15-30 minutes. The time will vary depending on how dirty the bong was to start. Also, add one denture tablet to each Ziploc bag in order to clean the slide and bowl. For whatever areas remain a bit resinous, use a pipe cleaner to wipe out the leftover build-up. Finally, rinse all the pieces with hot water and dry before using the bong.

3. Formula 420

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What you need:

As a product made for this task, 420 cleaner is a fast alternative to the other cleaning methods. It may be a bit pricier than simple rubbing alcohol, but it gets the job done efficiently.

Begin by shaking the bottle to mix up the crystals and liquid within. Next, add the cleaner to the bong through all holes (follow the bottle recommendations for amount to use) and shake. Repeat this step if there is residue left. Once finished with the cleaner, allow the bong to rinse in hot water until all Formula 420 cleaner has been rinsed out. Follow the same procedure to clean the slide and bowl.

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