When you step into the shower each day, you expect a warm stream of clean water to wash over you. However, if you have not cleaned your shower head recently, that water may carry various unexpected elements. These elements can include soap scum as well as hard water residue.
Cleaning your shower head regularly is an important part of deep cleaning your bathroom, and it can be done in a few easy steps.
Why Shower Heads Need Cleaning
The soap scum and hard water residue that accumulates on your showerhead will increasingly cut off the stream of water through the showerhead’s holes. As the debris builds, you may have less water pressure from the shower head.
The water may also spray in various directions instead of toward you. Eventually, the holes will be completely clogged, and no water will come out. By cleaning the shower head regularly, you can avoid these issues.
How Often to Clean a Shower Head
The debris on your shower head grows with each shower you take, so the frequency of cleaning sessions is largely dependent on how frequently the shower is used.
Weekly, you can simply rub the showerhead’s holes with your fingernail while showering to break some of the debris away. However, deep cleaning is also recommended on a monthly basis.
What Is the Best Way to Clean a Showerhead?
You can clean your showerhead by removing it first or by creating a pool for it in a plastic bag. The showerhead will need to be immersed in the cleaning solution for several hours, so many people choose to soak it overnight.
Both the showerhead and filter should be cleaned thoroughly for the best results. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to clean both the showerhead and filter.
How to Clean a Shower Head With Vinegar
Vinegar has acidic properties that make it a safe and effective cleaning agent. Vinegar will break down the soap scum and mineral deposits so that you can once again enjoy the benefits of a clean showerhead.
✨ To clean your shower head, you must first gather the necessary supplies. These include white vinegar or cleaning vinegar, a plastic food storage bag, a rubber band and a cleaning rag.
✨ If you choose to clean your shower head without detaching it from the pipe, you will pour vinegar into the plastic bag. Then, raise the bag up so that the shower head is fully immersed in the vinegar. Use the rubber band to secure the plastic bag around the shower head. After several hours, remove the bag. Turn the water on to flush the vinegar off of the shower head for a few minutes.
✨ If you choose to remove the shower head from the pipe, the plastic bag and rubber band are not required. Instead, you can pour the vinegar into a bowl and allow the shower head to sit in the liquid for a few hours. After reinstalling the shower head, turn the water on to clear away the vinegar.
How to Clean the Filter Screen
The filter screen on your shower head should also be cleaned periodically as the screen can trap debris as well. The specific instructions for cleaning a shower head filter screen vary slightly by the model.
If you do not have your shower head’s manual, you may be able to locate it online to see the cleaning instructions for your model. These instructions are general and may need to be adjusted to align with the instructions in your manual.
✨ Pull together the supplies needed for this project. They are baking soda, a descaling product or vinegar, an old toothbrush, needle-nose pliers and a wrench or lockable pliers.
✨ The filter is usually located at the base of the shower head close to its connection with the pipe. To clean the filter, the shower head must be removed. You may need to use needle-nose pliers to remove the filter.
✨ Once the filter is free, use the toothbrush and vinegar to scrub away the buildup. If you have stubborn areas of buildup, brush with the baking soda or use the baking soda and toothpicks.
Can you clean a shower head with bleach?
No, you should not use bleach or other harsh cleaning products to clean your shower head. These chemicals can damage the shower head and could lead to the premature need to replace it.
How do I remove buildup from my shower head?
The mineral deposits and soap residue that commonly build up on shower heads is hard and can be difficult to scrape off. Because of this, it is best to soak the shower head in vinegar for several hours or overnight. The vinegar will break down the deposits. If any deposits remain after soaking the shower head, you can use a toothbrush to scrub them off.
Watch this short video to learn the simplest and most effective way to refresh your shower head:
How long should you soak your shower head in vinegar?
The acidic nature of vinegar makes it well-suited for removing mineral deposits and soap scum from a shower head. However, the results are not immediate. Plan to soak your shower head in vinegar for at least four hours to see the desired results.
How do you remove limescale from a shower head?
Removing limescale from a shower head is a simple process. Soak the shower head in white vinegar or cleaning vinegar for several hours, and the limescale will dissipate. To prevent future buildup, spray the shower head with vinegar after each use of the shower.
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