|First, rinse everything off with hot water. Starting with the top, take the bowl and sprinkle some baking soda in the divot, add a few squirts of lemon juice (natural lemon or any generic lemon juice will do) and use a soft, damp cloth to gently scrub the bowl inside and out. Do the same with the tray.The baking soda is lightly abrasive to break up stains, and with the lemon juice this mix will dissolve lingering smells and flavors. Rinse with warm water, make sure the holes in your bowl don't have any build up in them (you can use the poker that comes attached to your metal hookah tongs), and then set these items aside.
Now take your hookah stem, pour some baking soda down the shaft along with a little lemon juice and pass a hookah shaft brush through the shaft a few times. If you regularly clean the hookah, it should only take a few passes, but a little more scrubbing may be necessary if you’ve been neglecting your poor hookah like a red-headed step child.Since you have detached the hose adapter and air purge valve, make sure that those openings don’t have any residue built up, if so, give them a little brush action. Rinse thoroughly, set aside.Alright, now we’re looking at the base, which is usually glass. So for the love of all that is holy DON’T just toss it under super hot or cold water. Glass breaks when suddenly introduced to extreme temperatures, so use tepid water and slowly bring up the temperature. You know the drill - dust the baking soda, drizzle the lemon, give it a little scrub with your hookah base brush, wipe out the nooks and crannies, rinse, repeat if necessary, just don't break it!Next, take all of the rubber grommets and rinse them under water until the water runs clear, wipe off any remaining residue.