Along side your alcohol, salt and rice you should try these 3 simple bong and pipe cleaning tools. Most of the work is going to be done by the aforementioned items, but these additional tools can help any situation.
My first go-to helper is the “q-tip” or cotton swab. These nifty tools are very safe for all of your glass especially. One of the best parts of Qtips is they are disposable. They are flexible and can make it into very tight spots also. Dip them in alcohol for added affect. I find Q-tips to be a valuable tool for not only cleaning, but they are great for maintaining. Again, dip them in alcohol and they work wonders. Remember that you can buy extra long versions too. This will aid the cleaning of larger pieces.
The second tool I like to keep for cleanings is the simple old school pipe cleaners. You can find them at most drug stores (not that kind). These little guys are ultra flexible and can fit into very tight spaces. My only word of caution is that some of them have a metal type core. These can lead to scoring or creating weak points or even breakage. Please be aware of what you are doing.
The final part of this cleaning tools 101 is the pipe or bong brushes. These normally are too large for most small pipes. You can find these at hardware stores and look out for aquarium brushes. They work really well and are usually very safe to use. Don’t use metal brushes. Sorry had to put that out there. Anyway, these brushes are great for bong tubes. Throw in some alcohol and salt and you are off to a cleaner bong.