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.
Before you try this formula, be sure the fixtures in your shower can be safely cleaned with vinegar. Check the manufacturer's care instructions for your shower head or faucets. 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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