How to Clean a Showerhead




Introduction: 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.

Step 1: Watch the Video

Step 2: Create Cleaning Mixture

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.

Step 3: Place Bag on Shower Head

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.

Step 4: Remove Bag

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.

Step 5: Done!

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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    2 years ago

    IDK, but if you have hard water in your area, it's probably calcium build-up that is blocking your nozzles. Most supermarkets sell some kind of anti-calc liquid cleaner in the the same isle as glass cleaner and mops. There is a product called CLR that is specifically formulated for this purpose


    4 years ago

    And don't forget shower heads are the ideal breeding place for the Legionella bugs.

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    5 years ago

    You don't need the baking soda. By putting both togehter, you're just neutralizing the chemical acidity of the vinegar. You can sprinkle some baking soda when you're done soaking the head, but it will be more effective if you don't use baking soda at all during the soaking process. Mixing the two is basically just making bad tasting water.


    5 years ago

    I guess I don't understand the mixture of vinegar AND baking Soda at the same time. One is an acid, vinegar, and the other a base, baking soda. So it seem they neutralize each other rather then work on the clogs. IDK.