Can I Wash My Bong or Dab Rig in The Dishwasher?

The more you smoke, the more your bong and dab rig are likely to get dirty. For those that smoke the freshest flower, it’s only a matter of time before resin and other sticky residue start building up inside of your glass. Even for those that only dab, you can bet that some of your wax, budder and other concentrates are making their way into the chamber of your rig.

While a dirty bong or dab rig won’t kill you, true cannabis aficionados will tell you that a lot of residue buildup will result in a less enjoyable taste when ripping your favorite strain. If you find yourself coughing a lot after each rip or noticing that the flavor isn’t what you expect, it might be time to clean your glass.

There are plenty of hacks out there for cleaning your glass bong or dab rig. One option that you might’ve come across during your time smoking is the concept that it’s okay to put a dirty bong or rig into a dishwasher. After all, that pressurized water and dishwasher soap is great for cleaning the toughest grime off your leftover plate, so it only makes sense that it would be the same for your smoking pieces, too. Right?

Not so fast. Before you load up all of your dirty pipes and bongs into the dishwasher, you may want to consider the big picture as to what is going to happen once you hit ‘Start’ on your machine. To help you avoid disappointment, as well as a whole lot of mess, here are some things to keep in mind when asking, “Can I wash my bong or dab rig in the dishwasher?”

It’s Not Going To Clean Your Glass Like You Think

When you hear the dishwasher running and see how well it cleans your pots and pans, it’s easy to think that this is an ideal way for cleaning your glass pipes, bongs and dab rigs. However, you’ll quickly notice that, while the dishwasher does blast old food away from the surface, there are too many crevices and areas that the dishwasher won’t be able to reach inside of your rig. Considering that the inside is where all of the resin accumulates, these are the areas we need to hit most and one run in the dishwasher likely isn’t going to be enough.

 Your Dishwasher Will Be A Complete Mess

Let’s say you have a piece with a lot of openings and, in fact, is easy to clean via dishwasher. That’s great. However, think of the leftover resin and debris that will be all over the place after the wash cycle is complete. Unfortunately, stoners who have tried to clean their rigs in the dishwasher quickly realize that they may have more of a headache on hand than just dealing with a dirty dab rig. Instead, your entire dishwasher is now compromised and you’ll never be able to completely clean your normal dishes again. This is not the way to go about enjoying edibles, so stray away from contaminating your dishwasher for future cycles.

You Might Break Your Favorite Piece

The wash cycle on your dishwasher can be unpredictable. It can result in cracking, or even breaking, your favorite dab rig or bong. When all you wanted was to clean things up a bit, there’s nothing more frustrating than opening the door to the washer, only to notice that your glass cannot even be used anymore.

If you think that smoking out of a dirty bong sucks, you’re not alone. True smoke genies will tell you that you’re missing out on the real experience that comes with clean glass. To clean things up and ensure that you’re always enjoying the taste of fresh greens, consider this information the next time a stoned friend tells you that it’s okay to wash your rig in the dishwasher.


  • Posted by Jumpin jim rivers on

    Fill em up with water and boil it slowly in the oven or microwave!

  • Posted by BILL JENNINGS on

    After fifty years of smoking, I have tried many ways to clean my bongs. I have a collection and I don’t like to break a bong while cleaning (done that). Last few years I have been using “Grunge off” works great! Just pour in and let set till clean. Best part is you can re-use, just pour back into the bottle for the next cleaning. A must for a clean bong hit!

  • Posted by Dingomaniac on

    Rubbing alcohol and salt, the salt acts as an abrasive to remove crud and doesn’t scratch the glass.
    Fill the glass about 1/4 of the way, add a few tablespoons of salt and shake.
    You want a grainy liquid rather than a paste.

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