After smoking, rinse base, then fill base almost to the brim with
warm almost hot water, next add 2 heaping tablespoons of baking soda and
stir as you add them. If the baking soda go's to the bottom of your
base, shake the base while covering the top with your hand, other hand
holds bottom of the base. If the water in the base won't shake good, let
some of the water in the base out. USE CAUTION WHEN SHAKING!!! Its not
that hard, just hold on very tight so it don't slip and bust apart. The
reasons I say use baking soda because it's such a good deodorizer and
cleaner. Your base will smell like new when you are done, smell it
before to tell the difference.
It is very easy; let the baking soda solution sit for at least 2
hours before draining. Now rinse the base a few times with warm-hot
water, shaking is also recommended for good rinse. Now smell inside the
base to see the difference from before washing. Next dry outside of
base with a paper towel or clean cloth so your base doesn't have spots!
Now for the stem or shaft, whatever you like to call yours. If you
have a long Hookah pipe cleaner, good job. If not, unwind a wire
clothes hanger and make it straight, then cut some rag strips and wrap
around the hanger, Tie at the ends. It may take a few tries to get it
right, but keep trying till you can get it and it fits in the stem.
Make a thick paste with baking soda and a little water, mix it
good. Now pour a little in the stem and put some on your stem cleaner
and start cleaning and stem cleaner from both sides of the stem. Now put
the water pressure on the sink on low so you can get the water inside
the stem at an angle and turn the stem as you rinse. If you can't do
that, make a funnel and pour some hot water a few times to wash out the
stem, or use a real funnel if you got one.
If your hose is washable, we suggest rinsing
out the hose in the sink. Once you wash it all out, take it outside and
swing it around to get it dry and have the rest of the junk come out.
If your hose isn't washable, which many are, try to blow on one end
of the hose and have the junk get blown in the sink. Try it on both
ends of the hose.
Bowl / Stem
Soak it overnight in a vinegar/water solution, or an alcohol/water solution.
Clean it with lemon juice. The acid helps clean, fresh scent, with a natural twist to it.
Use baking soda to keep it clean.
A scourer pad with some hot soapy water.
Some people actually say clean it with Beer.
Wash your glass vase with warm soapy water and allow it to dry completely.