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How to Clean a Showerhead

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Have you ever looked up at your shower head and noticed a bunch of the nozzles aren't working? I (Steph) installed a new shower head in 2013 when I moved into my house, and haven't thought about it since. Over time I have noticed the water seemed to be coming out harder and was spraying in different directions. It also didn't have the 'rain' effect it once did. I decided it was time to try to clean it! Here's what I did.

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You can see many of the nozzles where not spraying water anymore.

  • how to clean a showerhead, bathroom ideas, cleaning tips, how to, plumbing
I started by mixing a cup of vinegar with 1/3 cup baking soda. The acid in the vinegar reacts with the baking soda to form a strong cleaning agent but vinegar on it’s own would work too.

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The reaction between vinegar and baking soda is always fun to watch!

  • how to clean a showerhead, bathroom ideas, cleaning tips, how to, plumbing
Once they were mixed, I placed the bag over the shower head and attached it with rubber bands. I made sure the mixture came in contact with all the nozzles.

  • how to clean a showerhead, bathroom ideas, cleaning tips, how to, plumbing
After letting it sit a full day, I removed the bag.

  • how to clean a showerhead, bathroom ideas, cleaning tips, how to, plumbing
Lastly, I noticed there were still mineral deposits in some of the nozzles so I used a toothpick to clean them out.

  • how to clean a showerhead, bathroom ideas, cleaning tips, how to, plumbing
As you can see, before, about half the nozzles were working and now all the nozzles are back to working! I could tell a huge difference when I used the shower after cleaning. The water comes out in a rain pattern like when it was new, and it’s a much better experience than it has been. Pretty cool what a little bit of cleaning can do!

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  • Dixie
    Dixie Phoenix, AZ
    on Mar 18, 2017

    Just use the liquid product called CLR. No mixing. Just pour some in a plastic bag and attach to shower head. Or better yet unscrew shower head and put in a bowl head down and pour CLR in bowl just enough to cover head. Have used this for years as we have hard water.

    • Sebish
      Sebish
      on May 14, 2017

      I agree Bonnie and vinegar doesn't stink like CLR, plus it is a lot cheaper to use. I use vinegar for most of my cleaning. I have a spray bottle I fill with vinegar add about a teaspoon of dish soap spray the tub and shower down, let it set for a short time and wipe away the soap scum and it shines like it's brand new.

  • Gjbir
    Gjbir Champaign, IL
    on Mar 21, 2017

    The filter between the incoming water pipe and the shower head filters out particulate matter only - i.e. sand, rust particles etc.

    The minerals that deposit inside the showerhead are dissolved within the water and pass through the filter. Over time some of those minerals deposit on the surfaces in the shower head through which they pass.

    The vinegar dissolves and loosens those mineral deposits allowing their removal.

  • Young.martha61
    Young.martha61
    on Mar 21, 2017

    I clean my shower head with just the vinegar! Works great!


  • Kim
    Kim Bay City, MI
    on Apr 17, 2017

    The bubbles created are just a chemical reaction that has no effect on the cleaning power of just plain vinegar. I have used plain vinegar to clean the hard water deposits from my shower head all the time.

    • Jeannie.mcquaid
      Jeannie.mcquaid Canada
      on Jul 5, 2017

      Soda added to vinegar bubbles because soda is base and vinegar is acid. The reaction (bubbles) is actually the soda neutralizing the acid of the vinegar. So if you're looking to dissolve hard water deposits, vinegar works best by itself...just be careful that you don't leave it on too long , it doesn't like some metals.

  • Barbara R
    Barbara R Houghton Lake, MI
    on Apr 20, 2017

    I keep a zip-lock bag of just vinegar and use it over and over. I place a wadded up paper towel in the bag with the vinegar in order to "mold" it around the showerhead and prevents filling the bag too full of vinegar so it leaks or messes. I "bag it up" by attaching with rubber band along the stem, do it overnight, and it's clean for weeks! (No baking soda required). I leave the rubber band on the stem for easy retrieving each time I do this.

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