How To Clean A Recycler Bong?

When you're cleaning your bong, there are a few things to consider. First of all, if it's made from glass or acrylic, you should always clean it with hot water and soap. If your bong is made from ceramic or metal (especially if it has any paint), be sure not to use soap because it can damage the material or leave a residue that might clog up your piece. Instead, use rubbing alcohol or vinegar as an alternative cleaning agent.

7.5" Recycler Showerhead Perc Dab Rig

7.5" Recycler Showerhead Perc Dab Rig

Remove the downstem

The first step in cleaning a recycler bong is to remove the downstem. The downstem is the part of your bong that connects the bowl to the main body of the bong, so it's important that you take care when removing this piece. To do so, unscrew (counterclockwise) from both ends until it comes out completely. Be careful not to lose any water or fumes, as these can be dangerous if inhaled.

To remove your bowl assembly, hold onto one end and twist gently as if you were trying to unscrew a lid off of something cylindrical but with no threads or ridges on either side (this will make sense later). Once loose enough that it won't fall off into your sink by itself, use one hand as leverage while pulling up on other side with left/right hand respectively."

Remove the bowl/slide assembly

Take your bowl and slide, and gently remove them from the downstem. You can also remove all other accessories from the bong if you want to clean them as well.

Cleaning the tubes

Your next step is to clean the tubes. The best way to do this is by using a pipe cleaner. First, clean the inside of both tubes by inserting your pipe cleaner into one end and pulling it out through the other end. Next, take another pipe cleaner and insert it into one end of each tube and pull it out through the other end once again. Finally, use a cotton swab or Q-tip dipped in alcohol to wipe down both sides of each tube:

  • Use one side of your cotton swab on one side of both tubes; then flip over your cotton swab and use its opposite side on both other sides. This will ensure that every part has been cleaned thoroughly!

Cleaning the splashguard/ice-catcher chamber (if your bong has one)

You should also clean the splashguard/ice-catcher chamber. While it's not as important to do this on a regular basis, you may want to periodically empty and wipe it out with warm water and soap if you've been smoking something particularly dirty (such as herb or tobacco). You can use a pipe cleaning brush or just a pipe cleaner dipped in alcohol. Be sure not to get any liquid in your bong itself.

Cleaning the mouthpiece tube

The mouthpiece tube is the glass tube that connects your bong's bowl to its body. You can use a pipe cleaner to clean out any resin buildup from inside this part of your bong, or you can use a cotton swab if it's easier. If you have a paper towel, rubbing the outside of this part of your bong with it after cleaning it will help remove any sticky substances that might remain.

Putting it back together

Now that your bong is clean, it's time to put it back together. There are a couple of things to remember:

  • Make sure all parts are clean and dry before putting them back together. This will help keep your bong from getting dirty again as quickly or easily.

  • You may have noticed that there are usually two holes on either side of the downstem—one for a screen, and one for an ash catcher/perc (if you're using one). Make sure both holes line up properly with their respective pieces before tightening them in place!


There you have it, cleaning a recycler bong is not as difficult as it seems. It’s important to remember that no matter what the size of your bong, there will always be some sort of mess involved in cleaning it out.

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