Hookah How To: Cleaning a Washable Hookah Hose
This blog was updated on 01/25/2019
A main ingredient of a great hookah smoking session is a freshly cleaned hookah hose. Here we present easy step-by-step instructions on how to clean a washable hookah hose for the most excellent of smokes!
It is important to note that these instructional steps are only for hookah hoses advertised as "washable" (including the Nammor Hookah Hose and modern silicone hoses such as the Ripper Hose or Aluminum Dream Hose). Running water through a non-washable hose will damage the inner lining and cause unwanted corrosion and/or rusting.
This is also recommended before you first use a new Nammor Hookah Hose to get out any plastic "new hose" taste!
Step 1: Fill 'er up! Remove the mouth tip and fill the hose about halfway up with water from a tap. You can also pour in the water from a pitcher or use purified bottled water if you so desire.
Step 2: Lemon Juice is your friend! We've found that a squeeze of lemon juice mixed with the water is great for neutralizing any odors, as well as giving off a "fresh" scent to your hose. We've also heard a pinch of baking soda helps as well. You can also add a squeeze of natural cleaning solution such as Bling!
Step 3: Swish! You're going to want to swish around the water/lemon juice mixture, much like your dentist makes you swish fluoride. Plug up the ends of the hose with your thumbs to prevent spillage, and do this for at a good solid minute at least. Pour the water back into the sink and repeat this step as many times as necessary, depending on how dirty the hose is.
Step 4: Swing! After you have poured out the water, there will still be some moisture left in the hose that gravity alone won't get out. Here's where a little centrifugal force comes in handy (you're going to want to do this outdoors, by the way). Make sure that your mouth tip is detached from the hose and then grab the hose by the middle and swing it around by your side, which will force out any loose drops of moisture. You should only have to do this for less than a minute.
Alternatively, you can also blow air in through one side of your hose to push any excess moisture out through the other end, though this method may take a bit longer than the centrifugal force method listed above.
Step 5: Hang in there! When you feel that you've gotten all of the moisture droplets out from swinging it, blow through the hose one last time to let loose any liquid residue. Let the hose dry out by hanging it thusly, so that both ends are pointing down letting any leftover dried particles to fall out.
Once the hose is dry, reconnect your mouth tip to the hose and you're ready to fire up that hookah! Happy smoking!