How to Clean Your Shower Head

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Hi, I'm Amber Oliver! I hope if you enjoy this project you'll also stop by my blog!

The shower is my sanctuary. No matter how my day is going, I always feel better after a nice hot shower? Having a good day - now it's better? Having a bad day - magically improved! So you'll know how disappointed I was when I noticed the shower head in our primary bathroom had started to spray kinda crazy. I was also noticing less shower pressure. This just wouldn't do! Let's fix it!

I already had everything on hand that I needed to clean my shower head and to make it spray better! Vinegar is such an underrated house hold item! This stuff is the cure to lots of problems in your home. Today it's going to clean our shower head! I also always save bread ties and have them pile up in the junk drawer. Today I finally had use for one!

Here you can see the water was spraying kind of funky. I tried cleaning the surface of the shower head and it helped a bit but the problem was inside each of those little holes. Hard water had built up and was blocking many of them and causing water to stray wierd in others.

All you have to do is fill a bag with vinegar! This will clean up all the crud that has accumulated on your shower head!

Simply put your shower head in and let it soak. Our handle was removable so I was easily able to pull it down. If you shower head isn't, you can also just unscrew it and place it in a bowl of vinegar. I'd say leave it at least an hour but I usually go run errands or do something else so It's almost always in there longer. The longer the better!

Much better! Now my happy place is back in working order and I didn't have to spend a dime!

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  • Lannen Lannen on Dec 11, 2021

    Amen on the magic of vinegar! You can also soak a paper towel or old rag in vinegar and wrap it around your sink faucets overnight -- or under the rim in your toilets (REMOVE BEFORE FLUSHING!) -- to dissolve the accumulated deposits in those areas. f you warm the vinegar to just-below boiling, this works even faster.

    • Catherine  Hays Catherine Hays on Jan 05, 2022

      Great tip about the vinegar under the toilet rims! I wouldn't have ever thought of that. We have hard water so I am constantly at odds with under my toilet rims. I am absolutely going to give this a try. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jean M Jean M on Dec 11, 2021

    Great idea! Just be careful if you have slate in your shower. It’s corrosive and will discolor the surface.