We're hopefully not the first place to tell you about the COVID-19 virus that is currently spreading around the world, and if we are, please go wash your hands and type corona into your search bar (not the beer). The severity of this virus has increased so much that many of us are on a voluntary/involuntary self isolation, plus several business have shut down including hookah lounges.
The information swirling around about what you should and shouldn't do to keep from getting sick typically doesn't mention anything about hookah, but we're not surprised. That's why we're here; to provide you with some helpful information!
This time around the awesome Kaloud team did some of the leg work and put together a list of hookah hygiene tips that we've added a few things to. They asked us to get the word out and that's what we're doing today, so buckle up and let's try not to get sick.
1. TRY NOT TO SHARE HOOKAH
You finally have an excuse to keep it all to yourself! Joking aside, if possible, during your sessions, try not to share the same Hookah with anyone else. While it is great to have a separate hose, or a disposable hose, there is still the possibility that the virus can be pushed into the base during a purge of stale smoke only to be drawn back up again by the next user. This is a great time to bust out that second hookah or to pick up a cheap secondary hookah to have around with friends come in.
2. ONLY USE CLEAN EQUIPMENT
Keep your own equipment as clean as possible, every day and not just during a pandemic. To that end, one of the best disinfectants is Hydrogen Peroxide because it will not damage the finish on your metal or silicone parts, however you can also use a solution of 4 teaspoons bleach per 1 quart of water, or Isopropyl Alcohol solutions with at least 70 percent alcohol. (Please note that both bleach and Isopropyl Alcohol may discolor or damage your equipment with use over time).
3. MAKE SURE OTHERS ARE USING CLEAN EQUIPMENT