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Old March 4th, 2008, 10:31 PM
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I got two tonight.

First, all the cleaning routines I've seen or read don't include soap or detergent, usually just lemon juice or vinegar. Why?

Second, I'm a klutz, and hookahs are tall and thin with unsecured fire perched on top, and the knocking-it-over-and-burning-shit risk has me a little squirelly. How paranoid should I be about knocking over my hookah when I finally get it?
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Old March 4th, 2008, 10:36 PM
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its good to use lemon juice since its natural and wont damage anything. I don't recommend using vinegar at all since it could harm the stem(corrode). I've never used soap mainly because I don't like the fact ill be breathing smoke from it and may have some left over in the stem. I would just save soap for the dishes.

As far as knocking it down. It falling wont hurt the actual hookah, but the coals go flying. so being on carpet you care about wouldn't be the most wise choice. getting a base protector would help balance the rig up a bit so it would be harder to knock over
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Old March 4th, 2008, 10:48 PM
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Ok, but... I'm a former caterer, I know a tiny bit about food-type substances. Lemon juice is, on average, more acidic than vinegar, by a little tiny bit. They're about equally corrosive.
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Old March 4th, 2008, 10:54 PM
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Lemon juice also helps with oder. I was using vinegar because I was out of lemon juice and my stem smelt horrible after just a few washes. I just use lemon juice because it works better then vinegar lol. I also use the combination of lemon juice and baking soda every 3 times my hookah is used.

Sam Booka has a couple cleaning videos at: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=hookahpro
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Old March 4th, 2008, 10:55 PM
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I use lemon juice/ vinegar over soap because it's less likely to leave a residue.

If you're worried about the coals, get a wind cover or a combo bowl. Also, place the hookah on a cheap rug.
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i think vinegar has something in it that makes it react with some types of metal, not sure.
And to the coals on top, just make sure you're not smoking with drunk people. or retards who think they can move coals with their hands. and make sure you don't pull on the hose. maybe buying a base protector would stabilize it.
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Old March 4th, 2008, 11:08 PM
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I use dishwashing soap with lemon juice and it works wonders.

Make sure that while your smoking, put it somewhere on the floor where it is completely flat. Lol and try to be as close as you can to your hookah cuz if you slightly tug your hose the hookah will most likely tip or the coals might fall
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Old March 4th, 2008, 11:34 PM
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Default Re: Dumb newbie questions

coals do burn holes. when youre picking them up with the tongs, be especially careful! some might break/shatter and the pieces will fall, bounce, and leave black marks.

as far as the tugging on the hose thing, if youve ever played a xbox then you know that if you pull hard, it detaches, thus preventing the xbox from hitting the floor. my hose does the same thing. its in there, but its NOT tight enough in there to the point where if you tug on it, my whole rig will come crashing down.
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