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How to Clean a Showerhead

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.

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.

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

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.

After letting it sit a full day, I removed the bag.

Lastly, I noticed there were still mineral deposits in some of the nozzles so I used a toothpick to clean them out.

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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  • Marion Nesbitt
    Marion Nesbitt Canada
    on Feb 22, 2017

    Good show.

  • Brenda  S.
    Brenda S. North Brunswick, NJ
    on Feb 22, 2017

    This is awesome! Looks great :)

  • Jcourtney
    Jcourtney Fort Lauderdale, FL
    on Mar 4, 2017

    Baking soda neutralizes vinegar to create CO2 (carbon dioxide) not that powerful of a cleaner. I was wondering why use the baking soda, straight vinegar would have been much better of a cleaning agent and if you have hard water (like I do) it eats away calcium deposits quite quickly. The baking soda is usually a scrubbing agent to be used separately. Not trying to nitpick just wondering where the idea came from :)

    • Chrisstjean06
      on Jan 24, 2018

      The foaming action of the soda and the vinegar can help to loosen deposit buildup.

  • Victoria Sneed
    Victoria Sneed Laughlin, NV
    on Mar 5, 2017


  • April
    April Burbank, CA
    on Mar 5, 2017

    I have a showerhead filter that goes between the water pipe and the showerhead. No mineral buildup! Not too expensive either! http://www.newwaveenviro.com/products/premium-shower-filter/

    • Chrissie Gallagher
      Chrissie Gallagher
      on Jan 26, 2018

      great idea, I still have to clean the head though as some still gets through. the filter needs cleaning also.

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