Cleaning a bong SUCKS! So, I don’t blame you for wanting to check if it’s safe to wash your bong in the dishwasher.
After all, I can only imagine the range of emotions that would be felt upon opening the dishwasher, expecting a nice clean bong, but instead being greeted with shattered glass.
Will that even happen, though? Or is it safe to put your bong in the dishwasher?
Quick answer: Yes and No.
It depends on the type of water pipe you have.
For instance, most acrylic bongs you can do without any issues, but a headdy piece of glass runs the risk of cracking or shattering.
I would also have to preface this by saying that this method is not recommended for your glass and you will be better served and have a cleaner piece, by using best practices to clean your piece.
What if my Bong Breaks in the Dishwasher?
Will a Dishwasher do a Good Job Cleaning your Bong?
No, the dishwasher the dishwasher is going to have a hard time reaching, and cutting through, the resin that is built up on the inside of the water pipe.
It will do a great job on the outside of your bong, though!
With the being said, if you’re still hell bent on throwing it in the dishwasher and calling it good, then keep reading for what bongs will work and which to avoid.
Glass Bongs in a Dishwasher
Are thick glass bongs typically dishwasher safe?
Glass bongs is where the term dishwasher safe gets a little bit murky.
If you have a simple pyrex glass bong, then it won’t be a big deal to throw it in the dishwasher.
Pyrex glass doesn’t run the risk of cracking from rapid changes in temperature brought on by the dishwasher.
Where I would recommend that you avoid a dishwasher at all costs, is when it comes to a real headdy piece of glass or a bong with complex percolators.
To start off with, they are simply too expensive to run the risk.
A lot of high-end water pipe brands will even go out of their way to explicitly tell the customers they’re not dishwasher safe.
Acrylic in the Dishwasher
An acrylic bong is going to be your safest bet on a dishwasher safe bong.
This is for many reasons, such as it would be a cheap mistake to remedy and most of the time they are but simple pieces with no intricate percolators.
A lot of acrylic bongs are even advertised as dishwasher safe!
How to Wash Your Bong in the Dishwasher
If you’re going to go this route, the process is simple.
- Make sure the bong is the only piece of glass in the dishwasher
- Remove the bowl and downstem
- Put the bowl and downstem in the silverware compartment
- Place bong upside down as you would a cup
- Run the washer as you normally would
Best Way to Clean a Bong
The best way to clean your bong is going to be using a mixture of 90% ISO alcohol with sea salt.
You can read about the best methods to clean your bong and watch instructional videos on the process here. However, here is the gist of it:
- Remove bowl and downstem and soak them in a bag full of 90% ISO alcohol.
- Pour 90% ISO alcohol in the bong, along with salt.
- Shake the crap out of the bong while plugging up the holes
- Pour out mixture and rinse with hot water
For a complete walk through, you can review our guide on how to clean a bong.
So Can you put Bongs in the Dishwasher?
If the bong is an acrylic bong and advertised as dishwasher safe, then you’re not going to have any issues.
However, when it comes to glass bongs, it can be a little tricky and should be avoided if at all possible.
Most of the best bong accessories that we we tested for a recent THCoverdose buying guide are best just left soaking in alcohol too.
And to be honest, as great as it is to automate a process, cleaning your bong is something that is best done with good ole’ fashioned elbow grease.
After all of this if it turns out your bong wasn't dishwasher safe, come back to check out this review guide to see the best cheap bongs for a quick replacement.