How to Clean Your Shower Head

How to Clean Your Shower Head


Wondering how to go about cleaning your shower head? Whether it’s spraying unevenly or just a bit discolored, many issues with shower heads are just caused by mineral deposits that accrue over time.

Instead of using harsh cleaning chemicals or replacing the shower head completely, we have detailed four ways for you to clean your shower head with things that you probably already have in your home!

But before beginning the steps necessary for a clean shower head, you should determine whether to remove it from the pipe or hose it is connected to. If you are unable to remove the shower head or would prefer not to, there is another option, discussed later, that you can try.

Option #1 – The Simmering Method

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After having safely removed the shower head, fill a pot with enough vinegar to submerge the shower head and place it on the stove. Disassemble the shower head and place all parts of it in the vinegar. Bring the vinegar in the pot to a simmer, but do not allow the vinegar to boil, and make sure not to turn the heat source up too high. This may melt the shower head!

Allow the shower head to sit in the simmering vinegar long enough to break up the mineral deposits. Once you are satisfied that the shower head is clean and clear of deposits, remove it from the vinegar, rinse it out, and reassemble it. Once the shower head is back together, reattach it and turn on the shower to ensure that it is now unclogged and working properly.

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Option #2 – The Warm Soak Method

If the idea of placing the shower head in a simmering pot or onto direct heat is worrisome, try this warm soak method. With this technique, simply warm up the vinegar and then remove it from its heat source. Place the shower head in the warm vinegar and leave it for an hour or two. If the shower head does not seem clean enough, it can sit for a longer period of time. Again, once satisfied, reassemble and reattach everything, then turn on the shower to ensure its unclogged and working properly.

Option #3 – The Cold Soak Method

This option requires no heat at all. It only calls for the vinegar, a container to soak the shower head, and approximately 24 hours. Simply fill a pot or bowl with enough vinegar to submerge the shower head, place the shower head in the vinegar and let it sit for the next 24 hours. After a rinse, you should have a sparkling clean shower head.

Option #4 – The Cold Soak Variation

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If you are unable to remove your shower head or chose not to, then try this method. It’s Option #3, but with a few changes. First, you will need a sandwich bag or a durable shower cap. You will also need a rubber band, twine, or a hair tie.

Next, fill the bag with vinegar and place it over the shower head so that the shower head is completely submerged in the vinegar. Lastly, tie the bag around the shower head, making sure that that bag stays securely fastened so that it does not slip off or leak. Allow the bag to remain on the shower head for 24 hours. Like the previous methods mentioned, once the 24 hours is up remove the bag from the shower head and turn on the shower to ensure it is unclogged and working properly.

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