Our shower heads are designed to keep us clean and provide a powerful burst of water every time we step into the shower. Though, after years of normal wear and tear a shower head starts to slow down and we aren't getting the same invigorating showers that we once were. When the pressure starts to slow down this usually means that we need to give our shower a good scrubbing to remove any mineral buildup that may have accumulated over the years. There are two simple ways to do this and these tips will teach you how to clean your shower head the right way.

How To Clean Your Shower Head

woman cleaning calcified shower head with scrubber brush

The key to successfully scrubbing away any grime from your shower head is to use vinegar. Depending on the type of shower head you have at home (or your personal preferences) you may be required to leave the shower head screwed onto the shaft, but that doesn't make it harder to clean. Regardless of whether or not you unscrew the shower head, you will be able to get a thorough clean that brings your shower head back to its glory days.

Removing The Shower Head

Using Vinegar

If you're able or willing to unscrew the head then you'll need to place it in a solution of vinegar.

  • Place the separated shower head into a container filled with vinegar; you'll want the container full enough that the vinegar submerges the head.
  • Leave the head there to soak for a few hours and bear in mind that the worse for wear it is, the longer it will need to soak. You can even leave the head overnight.
  • After a few hours have gone by, grab the shower head and screw it back onto the shaft.
  • Run hot water to break up any remaining mineral bits and rid any lingering vinegar.
  • Polish the entire thing by using a soft cloth to restore its natural shine.

Using A Toothbrush

Should your shower head not necessarily be caked with mineral deposits, all you'll need to do is give it a good scrub without any advanced techniques.

  • Get yourself a toothbrush, pour some vinegar onto it, and scrub the holes of your shower head until the mineral deposits break away.
  • Run it under the faucet of your sink to wash away any lingering deposits; you can also keep scrubbing with the toothbrush as the faucet runs to ensure that everything is removed.
  • Use finer tools like toothpicks or paper clips to really get into the small holes and wipe out any remaining mineral deposits.
a shower head with running water coming out of it

Leaving The Shower Head Attached

Using Vinegar

Sometimes you just can't unscrew the shower head without everything coming apart. You may also not have the proper tools to work such a job, but that doesn't mean your shower head is doomed to a life of mineral buildup.

  • All you need to do is place about a cup's worth of vinegar into a plastic bag and wrap it around your shower head.
  • Secure the bag with an elastic wrapped around the head. Leave the shower head to soak for an hour or two and then remove it from the solution.
  • Run hot water for a few minutes to remove any lingering vinegar.

You don't need very many tools with you to give your shower head a hearty scrub. Just remember to scrub the deposits from all of the holes and run your shower head under hot water to get rid of that vinegar smell and any leftover debris. Understanding how to clean your shower head will restore it back to its glory days and you won't need to bust your hump with any fancy methods or tools.

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