Whether you smoke cannabis, tobacco, or any other herbal substance in your bong, it will require proper cleaning after using it. Now, when it comes to bongs, they have a pretty complex structure.
Due to their complex structures/shapes, they tend to get dirty and are also difficult to clean. So, what do you do with a dirty bong? Can you put a bong in the dishwasher?
Can You Put A Bong In The Dishwasher?
Depending on the material of your bong, you can either put it in the dishwasher or simply hand wash it. Since a dishwasher uses heat and high pressures to clean dirty utensils, they must have a sturdy build quality.
So, if your bong is made of high-end and tough materials, you can put it in the dishwasher, otherwise a hand wash with iso and salts would be preferred to make it sparkling clean.
Bongs are made of different materials like glass, silicone, and many more. Some of them are sturdy enough to withstand the high pressures of a dishwasher, whereas some may simply break right when you place them in the dishwasher and turn it on.
The build quality is not all you have to consider. Besides the build quality, you also have to consider the dimensions of the dishwasher and the bong before placing it in the dishwasher.
You have to see if your bong can actually fit in the dishwasher since glass bongs can be pretty long.
To help you understand this better, here is a detailed insight into this.
Different Types Of Bongs. Are They Dishwasher Safe?
Bongs come in different types, comprising of different build materials.
- Glass bongs
- Silicone bongs
- Acrylic bongs
- Beer bongs
- Roor bongs
But due to different nature of the material, only certain types of bongs are dishwasher safe. Although a dishwasher will have trouble cleaning the resin buildup inside the bong, but it will do a pretty good job cleaning the outsides of the bong.
Without any further ado, here is an insight into which bongs can go safely in the dishwasher
Are Glass Bongs Dishwasher Safe?
Glass, due it its delicate nature may lead you to doubting its durability in the dishwasher. However, glass bongs are dishwasher safe as long as the glass isn’t too delicate or of low quality. In case of a low quality glass, it will have a greater chance of getting cracked or breaking in the dishwasher.
On the contrary, in case of a high quality glass like Borosilicate glass or Pyrex glass, you will have no trouble running it through the dishwasher. Most glass bongs are made with borosilicate glass or Pyrex glass since it does not expand when exposed to heat.
Dishwashers under running conditions generate a significant amount of heat. But glass bongs that are made with Pyrex and Borosilicate glass would easily go through the dishwasher without the risk of cracking or breaking.
Keep in mind, your bong might have certain plastic pieces or other materials that may not be safe for the dishwasher.
A good rule of thumb to follow is that before running your bong through the dishwasher, you need to thoroughly inspect your bong and see if it is made with a high quality glass and does not contain plastic seals or components made of other materials. If the plastic seal is removable, you need to remove it prior to cleaning it in the dishwasher.
Can You Put A Silicone Bong In The Dishwasher?
Silicone bongs are entirely dishwasher safe, which is one of the many reasons why people prefer getting a silicon bong. Silicone bongs can directly go on the rack of your dishwasher and can be cleaned through it.
In addition to this, some silicone bongs also have removable parts so you can simply take it apart. Place the individual parts onto your dishwasher rack and simply run it. Ideally, the top rack of the dishwasher is preferred for cleaning a silicon bong.
Although a silicon bong can withstand extreme temperatures, it is still wise to place them away from the heating elements of a dishwasher, just to be safe. Continuous exposure to the heating elements of a dishwasher may lead to wear and tear in the long run, so precaution is necessary.
Are Acrylic Bongs Dishwasher Safe?
After silicone bongs, acrylic bongs are the second most dishwasher safe bong out there due to having no intricate parts. In fact, the down stems of an acrylic bong are also metal based so no damage can be done there due to high pressures of the dishwasher.
You can directly place your acrylic bong in the dishwasher to clean its exterior from dirt and debris that may be stuck on it.
In addition to this, acrylic bongs are relatively cheaper and its parts or the entire unit can be replaced with minimal costs. Due to the low cost, it is also preferred by people.
Besides, acrylic bongs are also advertised to be dishwasher safe. So, if a company claims that their product is dishwasher safe, you shouldn’t be second guessing yourself and simply run it through the dishwasher.
Are Beer Bongs Dishwasher Safe?
Beer bongs are commonly used when it comes to faster beer consumption. There are plenty of them available on the market. Fortunately, most beer bongs are perfectly safe in the dishwasher since beer bongs do not require scrubbing or thorough cleaning.
Just make sure you place them on the top rack, and away from the heating elements to avoid damaging its build quality.
Are Roor Bongs Dishwasher Safe?
Roor bongs are one of the most sought after bongs throughout the world. They are dishwasher safe but not entirely heat resistant. Since it comprises of glass, it is most likely going to break or crack when exposed to the heating elements of the dishwasher.
So, if you’re looking for a quick wash of your Roor bong, you can simply run it through the dishwasher. However, keep in mind that the insides of the Roor bong or any type of bong cannot be cleaned properly within a dishwasher, so you will have to do a little scrubbing to clean the insides.
Can I Wash A Rubber Bong In The Dishwasher?
Absolutely! You can safely wash a rubber bong in the dishwasher. Rubber and silicone bongs when run through the dishwasher will not crack or break unlike glass. However, you should know that rubber and silicone based bongs are more susceptible to heat damage.
When you run your rubber/silicone bong in the dishwasher more frequently, it will be exposed to high temperatures and pressures. As a result of this, it will lead to slow wear and tear in the material of the bong.
Although a rubber bong will likely be able to withstand a greater number of runs in the dishwasher as compared to a glass bong, it will still be exposed to wear and tear from the heating elements of the dishwasher.
To avoid significant wear and tear, you need to wash the rubber bong by hand on alternate days rather than running it through the dishwasher every time it needs to be cleaned.
How To Wash A Bong In The Dishwasher?
Wondering how to wash a bong safely in the dishwasher? It is a very simple process and there is no rocket science behind it. Here are 7 easy steps that you can follow to safely clean your bong in the dishwasher.
- For starters, you need to make sure that the bong is the only glass-based object in the dishwasher racks. (Make sure there is no kitchenware or any sort of utensils in the dishwasher or you will risk breaking your bong)
- Before placing the bong in the dishwasher, make sure you remove the bowl. If the down stem or the connector rings are detachable, make sure to remove them as well.
- You will have to place the components individually in the designated compartments. For instance, the bowl and the down stem of the bong need to be placed in the silverware compartment. Make sure they are secure and there is no room for moving around.
- Ideally, you have to place the bong in an inverted position (upside down), just like you would place a mug facing downwards).
- Add your dishwasher cleaning solution to it.
- After adding the dishwasher cleaning solution, turn on the dishwasher and let it run a complete cycle.
- After a complete cycle, examine the bong and see if it is thoroughly cleaned. If it is cleaned, ta-da! If not, you can let it run for another cycle so that the bong can be cleaned completely. If it still fails to clean or misses some spots, you can simply resort to the traditional means of cleaning (using iso and salts).
Keep in mind, you need to make sure that the bong components are as far away as possible from the heating elements. Lower the exposure to heat, lower will be the chances of cracks or breakages.
Cleaning Bong With Dishwasher Pod
Dishwasher tabs or pods come in handy when it comes to getting a thorough clean of your bong. These are pre-made tablets comprising of rubbing alcohol based formula. All you need to do is get a dishwasher pod/tab and place it inside the bong.
Add a few cups of hot water and let it sit there. If you notice that your bong is getting cold, you can slowly increase the temperature so that the water stays hot. Once the pod is completely dissolved, shake it a few times, rinse it and then finally let it dry. Voila! You now have a clean bong!