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Guide to Smoking in the Shower

by Christy Coy 4 min read


How to Smoke in the Shower

If you find yourself somewhere you shouldn’t be smoking and going outside isn’t a practical option, the shower is one of the best places to sneak a toke. 

The steam and the use of the ceiling fan offer a one-two punch to knock out the smell, and as a bonus, you’ll likely get a little extra buzz out of it. The heat and steam improve your circulation, allowing THC, and CBD to a lesser degree, to hit your bloodstream faster and harder.

Even better, if there are other people about that you don’t want to know you’re smoking, your prolonged absence in the bathroom comes with a cover story—you were just taking a shower. 

While there are other ways to hide the smell of weed, we consider the shower method the most reliable and easiest to pull off. So, without further ado, here’s a complete guide to smoking ganja in the shower.

Steps to Smoke in the Shower

  1. Prepareyour joint, bowl, bong, or another smoking device. Organization is key—especially if time is limited.
  2. Close any vents and put a towel under the door. This step will prevent the smoke from traveling to other parts of the building.  
  3. Turn the hot water on as hot as it goes. You want to get the room as steamy as possible—think personal hot box sauna.
  4. Wait. Give the shower at least five minutes to steam up the room. 
  5. Turn on the bathroom fan. This may seem counterproductive to all that steam you just let build-up, but it's important. The point is for the steam to carry the smoke and any odor out. 
  6. If you have a window, open it. It’s not necessary to open all the way but prop it open about six inches. It will allow the smoke and steam to condense together when it leaves the room.  
  1. Light up and enjoy your weed. This part seems self-explanatory.
    1. Get rid of any leftover residue. If you would rather not store any remnants, such as joint end, in your pocket due to the smell, the toilet is probably the best option. Make sure to thoroughly clean any device, such as a pipe or bong. 
    2. Leave the water running and keep the fan on or the window open to allow any excess smoke to disperse. 
    3. Take a quick shower. You went to great lengths to hide your smoke session. If you want to keep your cover story intact, you’ll need to shower. If you’re just worried about the smell, this isn’t really necessary.

    By the time you finish your shower, the smoke and smell of marijuana will have dissipated, and you’re good to go. 

    If you want to take it a step further, go ahead and spray a bit of air freshener, but no more than you would for a standard odorous bathroom trip if you’re trying not to arouse suspicion. Alternatively, you can burn aweed-masking candle while you smoke and turn the whole ordeal into a spa experience.

    Extras Tips to Hide the Smell of Marijuana Smoke

    While the above steps are often plenty, if you’re trying to be extra careful to hide the smell of your marijuana, there are some other steps you can take. It might be worth it if the consequences would be dire if you are caught—like losing your rental or getting kicked out of a program of some sort.

    Use a Sploof During Your Shower Session

    A sploof is a funnel that controls and contains the smoke, acting almost like a cheap air filter. Here’s the most common DIY sploof method:

    • Take an empty toilet paper roll and stuff it full of drier sheets. Toilet paper works in a pinch, but not as well.
    • Cover one end of the tube with another drier sheet or toilet paper.You can secure it with a rubber band (a hair tie also works).
    • When you exhale, do so into the tube. 

    Most people have these supplies on hand, and when you're finished, you can disassemble it easily. If storing weed paraphernalia isn’t an issue for you, you can also buy a reusable sploof—though most aren't labeled as such. The most popular option is the  Smoke Buddy Personal Air Filter.

    Consider Getting a Bathroom Air Purifier

    As the bathroom is often an area where a little extra scent reduction is appreciated, small outlet-plug air purifiers are a thing—and we’re not talking just one of those stinky Glade boxes. We mean an actual air purifier with a HEPA filter, UV light, charcoal—or even all three.

    Some models can be a bit expensive, but if you'll be smoking in the shower regularly, they can give your bathroom fan a helping hand in ensuring the odors don't escape your private space.

    Use A Personal Air Filter Like One Of The SmokeFiends

    With SmokeFiends you simply exhale into the mouthpiece to reduce secondhand smoke and eliminate odor before they even have a chance to start. SmokeFiends filters are also biodegradable and can be disposed of easily without impacting the environment if you need to change yours outdoors.

    Try a Vape

    Finally, the best way to eliminate the smell of marijuana smoke is to get rid of the smoke! Vaping is a relatively new option in the cannabis world, but it shows a lot of promise for discreet smoking.

    There will still be some smell. It just won't be nearly as strong as it would be if you were smoking. Coupled with the other techniques mentioned here, you can be 100% sure no one will smell what you're vaping.

    Make sure that the vape you choose isdesigned for herb if you plan to vape flower. You can also get THC vape-juice or use a concentrate pen and vape wax, oil, or honey. Again, all the above use different vapes and techniques—do your research. 

    If you attempt to vape something like flower with the wrong rig, or don’t know what you’re doing, you could damage your device, waste your weed, or even hurt yourself. Alternatively, you could try a vape pen among other options.

    Gear Up

    Feeling safe about having a shower smoke session now? Gear up with all the best cannabis smoking equipment, smoking accessories, and more in our Online Headshop. We even carry quite a fewodor control options!