Why does Bong Water Smell & How to Make it Stop

Why does bong water smell? I mean, we’ve all been there.

We knocked the bong over, the water spills everywhere, and the whole room reeks!

Today, I’ll teach you why bong water smells and why you shouldn’t smoke from nasty bong water.


Why does Bong Water Smell?

To understand why bong water smells, you first need to understand what it’s doing.

Not only is the water cooling the smoke making for a smoother hit, but it’s also filtering out a bunch of the nasty stuff like tar and carcinogens that come along with smoke.

But it’s more then that:

Ash, plant matter, resin, saliva, dead skin cells all find their way into your bong water.

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Combine that with water that is constantly having its temperature increased and you have the perfect environment for bacteria to rapidly breed.

Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Aspergillus, Streptococcus and Escherichia coli are just a few of the different kinds of bacteria that can thrive in bong water.

Will Bad Smelling Bong Water Effect by Bud's Quality?

Dirty bong water isn’t going to filter the THC out, so it’s not going to affect how potent your cannabis is.

But, it can ruin the experience of smoking good bud.

If your bong is running on old, nasty bong water, it’s not only gonna make your hits taste funky but also smell funky too.

The last thing you want is to ruin a smoke session with all your buddies because you treat them to some nasty bong water!

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Tips to Avoid Nasty Bong Water

  • Change your water after every session

The single best way to avoid bad smelling bong water is to change your bong water after every smoke session. I know to some it might sound like a hassle but it’s well worth it and really helps with bong cleaning.

  • There are products you can use

There is also product out there like Piece Water that will keep your bong water smelling good through multiple smoke sessions.

Also, bong attachments like ash catchers can help to keep most most of the nasty stuff out of your bongs main chamber, helping to deter the smell.

But, keep in mind, your bong water will still be stagnant water producing bacteria after around the first 22-24 hours.

Pro tip: Put lemon juice in your water to keep it smelling fresh. The acidity helpd fight off the bacteria and the natural smell is refreshing.

How to get the Smell of Bong Water out of Carpet

When you knock over a bong, nine times out of ten the bong water is going all over your carpet. Unstable bongs—especially gas mask bongs⁠—are really bad about this.

One thing carpets are good at is quickly absorbing the bong water and retaining the smell.

Trust me, it’s hard to get out and can make the entire room smell toxic.

Here are a few different ways you can get the smell out:

  • After you’ve cleaned up all the broken glass, dry the carpet with some dish rags. If you have carpet cleaner then follow the cleaners instructions and then let it dry. Chances are the smell will remain. The trick is to apply some Old Spice deodorant to the carpet and the smell will come right out!
  • Another method is baking soda. This way is easy because all you have to do is pour baking soda on the affected spot and let it dry. Afterwards, vacuum it all up and voila. It works no differently than it does to remove the funky smells from your fridge.
  • If you have access to a steam cleaner, this is going to be your best bet. Thankfully, you can rent one at your local grocery store for around $15 so you don’t have to hire a professional to come remove bong water smell. How embarrassing would that be?

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So why does bong water smell?

  • The accumulation of resin, tars, carcinogens, ash and plant matter festering in water.
  • Stagnant water with its temperature being constantly risen by the heat of smoke is a fertile breeding ground for various types of bacteria.

Just be sure to change your bong water frequently and you won’t ever have to worry about nasty bong water.

The best practice is to pour out your bong water after every smoke session and leave your best beaker bong dry until the next time you smoke.

But if you prefer to keep water in your bong, make sure to change it as soon as it starts to develop of brownish tint or you can smell it at all.

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