Nothing better than a clean hookah. And that’s not all about having an enjoyable hookah session. By ensuring your hookah is always clean you’ll avoid nasty surprises caused by the dirt and dust that build up. That might cause discomforts such as headaches and dizziness, not to mention the bad taste. Nothing to worry about, though, as I will help you so that you never have to go through that discomfort again.
Did you know that, in some cases, the taste of burn is not due to the preparation itself but to the dirt that builds up in the bowl? Yeah, remember the annoying crust that remains after a hookah session? Well, if you don’t clean that and later put more tobacco on top of it, it will burn together with the flavor and the taste will be a disaster.
To clean your bowl thoroughly and remove all residue, you should use steel wool, not scrub sponge ok? Check the image. That is the one you should use, the same used to clean grill grates. Depending on the amount of crust and dust in your bowl, it can be clean and shiny after one wash. But I know that in some cases, it’s more difficult to remove all the crust and dust. If that’s your case, when your bowl is completely cooled, place it in a pot filled with boiling water and soak it in for 3 to 5 min, wait for the water to cool and use the steel wool again to clean it.
Dirty water won’t allow you to have an enjoyable hookah session because it will make the taste horrible and might even cause headaches. Now, that’s what you can do to avoid this kind of problem. Add some popcorn, detergent and water to the vase and after a few good shakes it will be clean. Shake it until you see that all the “mold”, which typically builds up around the water lines, has been removed. Throw the water away and watch out so that the corn doesn’t go down the drain. If there is still mold left, all you have to do is repeat the process. The same process can be done using rice instead, but as the corn is bigger, the result is better and faster, mainly to get the grains out of the vase.
If your vase is too dirty, you’ll have to sacrifice your hookah sessions for 2 to 3 days. Fill the vase with water, add bleach and leave it. After 2 or 3 days, clean and rinse it thoroughly with running water.
Stem and Downstem
If the stem and downstem are not cleaned, tobacco molasses might build up. Tobacco molasses might block the air-flow, ruin the taste in your hookah sessions and even damage your hookah. So, the best thing to do is to use a small brush. Add detergent to a wet brush, pour water into the stem and scrub off any stubborn resins left on the inner and outer downstem walls.
The same brush you used to clean your stem, can be used to clean the hose. But Zomo, my hose is too long, what should I do? Remove the hookah mouth tip and rinse the hose out with running water. Open up the faucet to allow a strong flow of water. The water pressure itself will remove the dirt. Repeat this process with the hookah mouth tip. When you finish the washing, clean them with alcohol on the outside and wipe dry.
Everyone knows that both the hose and the air-flow part can be removed, but if you have one of our hookahs (Zona, Energy or Zoom model), remember that the bowl can also be removed. So, detach all small pieces, and use a sponge with detergent to clean the parts and wipe them dry, especially the air-flow balls. Molasses might also build up in all the smaller items, which might cause nasty surprises (who has never spread water all over the place while cleaning the bowl?).
If your hookah is made of wood, the contact with water can be crucial to maintain the quality of the product. Just wipe the wooden stem on the outside with a wet cloth and it’s done. Also, watch out so that you don’t lose the air-flow balls. We recommend cleaning your hookah every day. Now that you know everything about cleaning your hookah, why don’t you enjoy a good hookah session.
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