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Old February 1st, 2008, 02:41 PM
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Default Hose Cleanliness!!

This has been such a recurring problem with my weekly hookah sessions.

I CAN'T STRESS IT ENOUGH!

No matter what hose you own, no matter how many people use it, MAKE SURE TO KEEP THE HANDLE AND TIP CLEAN!

Not only clean, go out of your way to disinfect it, keep it cleaner than a surgeon's hands!

Not only can bad hose hygiene lead to a cold, but, more commonly, it leads to CANKER sores, and at times even VIRAL MOUTH INFECTIONS. Yes, it is every bit as terrible as it sounds.

Some tips to keep your hose clean and bacteria/virus free:
- Soak it/Wash your handle and tip in Rubbing Alcohol or Hydrogen Peroxide.
- Wipe it down with a cloth soaked with Hydrogen peroxide (or a cotton ball) after someone else uses it.
- DO NOT smoke when your sick. Period. Don't let other people smoke when they are sick.

How to Clear away a Viral Mouth Infection or Canker Sore:
- For a Viral Infection, go to your local supermarket and get some Benadryl and Maalox. Mix the two together in a half/half concoction. Swish this around in your mouth like Listerine; do this for about 1-2 minutes. Do this twice a day until the Virus is killed.
- For a Canker Sore, DO NOT rub it with your tongue, no matter how bad it hurts. The remedy i mentioned for VMI's may work well for Canker Sores, i'm testing that out now. A Common remedy is swishing Salt Water, this works to an extent. I would recommend Hydrogen Peroxide and Listerine (the medicated kind), not mixed together, to keep it clean and free of pain.

Hookahs are a great way to spread infection. Alleviate yourself of the trouble and time and pain, keep your rig CLEAN and FREE-RADICAL free!
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Old February 1st, 2008, 02:42 PM
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Default Re: Hose Cleanliness!!

great tips, but what about individual hose tips? do they help at all if you're sick?
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Old February 1st, 2008, 02:54 PM
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Default Re: Hose Cleanliness!!

If everyone uses their own i'm sure it would do a lot to help. I have Nammors so hose-tips are almost impossible to use, and i don't really wanna spend MULA on them.
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Old February 1st, 2008, 03:06 PM
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Default Re: Hose Cleanliness!!

Hose tips work, if you have some and you have the correct size & style to fit your hoses.

Thanks for the tips Zensilk - I've just gotten over a killer flu myself and was wondering about this.

One question - won't the Preoxidie remove the colorant out of the colored Nammor tips? I want to clean the HELL out of them, but wasn't sure of it would strip the color out/off.
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Old February 1st, 2008, 04:05 PM
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That's a great question. I actually used rubbing alcohol in mine, and the color is still there, but it may be breaking down, as you said.

Maybe anti-Bacterial soap would work very well. I use that periodically when cleaning my Tips. But i have gotten infections after washing...
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Old February 1st, 2008, 04:12 PM
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You know, now that I think of it this might be and important thing that's overlooked... Ever since I started owning my own hookahs and sharing with groups of people, I suddenly managed to get Tonsilitis. I had never had this before ever in my life. And yet within the past three years of sharing and smoking, I've gotten Tonsilitis twice. Maybe this is it. I'm a very hygienic person, but I overlooked this and didn't think it could be a problem. Now I'm having second thoughts. Next order: 20 female mouth tips!!!
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Old February 1st, 2008, 04:36 PM
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The two people I smoke with the most actually have they're own hose that they use (with my three hose hookah) so I've yet to actually buy hose tips.
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Old February 1st, 2008, 06:10 PM
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I['m not too worried with this cuz I always make my friends use mouth tips every time we smoke from my hookah :P I'm so strict about it, I even tell my bro and my BFF that they can't smoke with me unless they use a tip too! haha

But hey, I'd rather be safer than sorry...Even when I smoke with people who I am close to.
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Betadyne or Wescodyne. Its a bacteriacide, virocide, and germicide. Kills everything. This stuff is cheap surgical srub and doesn't leave behind any taste. It can be bought online or at a medical supply depo. If you are clueless still.. This is that nasty brown shit they put on your wounds in a hospital that burns before the stitch you back up or rip you open.
I use it on my hose tips, hookah parts, and my base. It can stain fabrics, plastics, skin, and soft glass.
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Old February 2nd, 2008, 09:13 AM
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When I receive the hose after my friends have finished puffing I always hold a lighter to the tip for about 2 to 3 seconds. Keep in mind not to use one of those crack lighters that have a mini light-saber in them (the torch lighters), lol. Use a BIC or some regular ole zippo with a free flame and youll be good.
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Old February 2nd, 2008, 04:30 PM
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Betadyne or Wescodyne. Its a bacteriacide, virocide, and germicide. Kills everything. This stuff is cheap surgical srub and doesn't leave behind any taste. It can be bought online or at a medical supply depo. If you are clueless still.. This is that nasty brown shit they put on your wounds in a hospital that burns before the stitch you back up or rip you open.
I use it on my hose tips, hookah parts, and my base. It can stain fabrics, plastics, skin, and soft glass.
Kinda like Iodine?
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Old February 3rd, 2008, 03:41 AM
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Betadyne or Wescodyne. Its a bacteriacide, virocide, and germicide. Kills everything. This stuff is cheap surgical srub and doesn't leave behind any taste. It can be bought online or at a medical supply depo. If you are clueless still.. This is that nasty brown shit they put on your wounds in a hospital that burns before the stitch you back up or rip you open.
I use it on my hose tips, hookah parts, and my base. It can stain fabrics, plastics, skin, and soft glass.
Kinda like Iodine?
Yeah, its phasing out iodine.
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