How to Clean a Shower Head
Dirty and clogged shower heads can ruin a good shower. Instead of replacing your shower head, learn to clean it like a professional in just a few minutes with these two cleaning options.
DIY Shower Head Cleaning Option #1
Have you ever turned on the shower in your bathroom and streams of water sprayed all over the walls, ceiling and yourself? Your shower's wild spraying is probably due to mineral buildup which is partially blocking the holes in your shower head. The good news is once you remove this buildup, you can go back to taking strong, revitalizing showers.
Removing your shower head is easier than you think. After turning off the water to your shower at the source, use a wrench to loosen the bolt which connects the shower head to the shower arm. Be gentle when you are using your wrench to prevent scratching and close your tub's drain in case you drop the nut or bolt by mistake.
Give your shower head a good cleaning. Flip the shower head over and run it under a faucet to loosen the mineral deposits. Dip an old toothbrush in distilled white vinegar and give the shower head a nice scrubbing. Rinse off the vinegar and inspect it to make sure you got rid of all the buildup. You may have to use a toothpick to scrap each hole.
Disassemble your shower head for a complete cleaning. Then soak it in distilled white vinegar for at least 20 minutes. Rinse off each part and reassemble your shower head.
DIY Shower Head Cleaning Option #2
Are you looking for an easier way to eliminate mineral buildup without having to take apart your shower head? You may want to try the tool-free method. This technique is acceptable for chrome or protected metal shower heads with light to moderate mineral build.
Place a thick rubber band around the arm of your shower. You may need to twist it around the arm a few times to make it tight.
Fill half of a heavy-duty freezer bag with distilled white vinegar. Place the freezer bag over your shower head and ensure the shower head is in contact with the vinegar.
Soak for one hour. Remove the bag and run the shower for a few minutes. Use a clean cloth to remove any loosened mineral deposits which remain.
It is important to note that while distilled white vinegar is all-natural and much less harsh than other cleaning chemicals, you still need to be careful. You need to avoid getting it in your eyes and use rubber gloves to protect your skin. If you get vinegar in your eye, it will sting. Flush it with large amounts of cold water until the pain goes away.
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