How to Clean a Hookah

What You'll Need
Cleaning brushes
Soap-free cleaning agentsrubbing alcohol and rock salt works well or lemon juice and baking soda

Cleaning your hookah regularly contributes to its long life and better tasting shisha. Besides emptying out the water and wiping off the mouthpiece after every used, follow these cleaning instructions for a thorough in-depth cleaning that should take place monthly or whenever you deem necessary.

Step 1: Clean the Tobacco Bowl

Start dismantling your hookah from the top down. The tobacco bowl is on top, so begin cleaning there. Wash the bowl with hot water, and use a toothpick to push grime out of the holes in the bowl. If you have difficulty getting tobacco grime off, soak the bowl in hot water for several minutes.

Step 2: Remove and Clean Release Valve and Ash Tray

Detach the release valve and ash tray from the metal stem. Remove the hose from the hose socket. If there are any plastic collars around the hose socket to help with sealing, take these out of the hose socket. Rinse the ash tray, release valve, and plastic collars with hot water. Set aside to dry.

Step 3: Clean the Inside of the Metal Stem

The metal stem is the central part of the hookah that lies in between the tobacco bowl on the top and the water vase on the bottom. Detach the stem from the water vase. Bring the stem to a sink and run water through the inside of the metal stem. Clean the inside with a long, thin brush and hot water. Then plugging up one side of the stem with your finger, pour in lemon juice or rubbing alcohol. Push a brush in, soaking it in the liquid. Remove your finger and scrub the inside thoroughly with the brush to remove reside. Remove the brush and enter from the other side, scrubbing vigorously again. Then pour a teaspoon of baking soda or a rock salt and hot water solution down the stem. Scrub again from each side. Rinse thoroughly. Stand in an upright position for drying.

Step 4: Clean the Water Vase

If you haven't emptied the water out of the water vase after every use, there will more than likely be tobacco residue all along the inside of the bowl. If you are cleaning your hookah immediately after use, your vase may be hot. Be sure it has cooled before running cool water over it. Cold water over hot glass will cause the glass to break. Rinse with water; fill with rock salt and rubbing alcohol or lemon juice and baking soda. Use the short-handled, wide brush to clean the inside of the vase. Cover the top with your hand. Shake up well. Fill to the top with hot water and allow to sit for several hours. Rinse thoroughly and allow to dry completely before reattaching.

Step 5:  Clean the Hookah Hose 

If you have a plastic, washable hose, blow through it, then rinse by running hot water through the hose. If you don't have a washable hose, then just blow through.

Make sure all pieces have dried completely before reassembling and smoking!