The easiest way to clean a shower head is by soaking it in vinegar. Vinegar acts as a solvent to remove mineral buildup that collects around the nozzles, typically as a result of hard water. A clean shower head is important for your personal hygiene, and can help fix low water pressure. Visit Insider’s Home & Kitchen Reference library for more stories.
If your shower cleans you but you don’t clean
it, that one-sided relationship just won’t last.
The gross fact of the matter? If you’re not cleaning your shower head regularly, it’s highly likely you’ve got a case of calcium, hard water, and moldy buildup, which eventually leads to clogged nozzles, a decrease in water pressure, or worse,
damage to your hair.
To keep these issues at bay, we spoke to Sheryl Milligan, founding member of the
American House Cleaners Association (AHCA), for her tips on cleaning this often overlooked area in your bathroom. What you need Plastic food storage bag Distilled white vinegar Rubber bands, string, twist tie or tape Toothbrush Non-scratch pad Clean cloths Scouring powder (optional) Dish soap (optional How to clean a shower head with vinegar
The easiest way to clean a shower head is by submerging it in vinegar, which will unclog the nozzles and remove all the gross buildup and blockage. Use this method when the water flow becomes noticeably weak of if there’s visible mold or buildup.
Fill a plastic bag with white vinegar. If you have a small showerhead, one cup of vinegar should do the trick. Larger shower heads will need more. Submerge the shower head in the bag. Make sure all the nozzles are immersed in vinegar, making any adjustments to the vinegar level as necessary. Secure the bag with a rubber band. Attach the bag firmly to the shower arm. If you don’t have a strong enough rubberband, you can use string, twist ties, or tape. Let it soak for a few hours. If there is an excessive amount of grime or buildup, let it soak overnight. Remove the bag and scrub lightly. After carefully removing the bag and pouring the vinegar down the drain, use an old toothbrush to lightly scrub any remaining visible buildup. Run the shower. Turn on the shower to clear the vinegar, plus any remaining mineral deposits, out of the shower head. If applicable, cycle through the different spray settings. Finish by wiping down the entire shower head. After soaking and letting the water run, use a wet cloth to wipe down the shower head, then dry it completely with a dry cloth.
Note: The bag method is popular because it doesn’t require you to uninstall the shower head from the shower arm. If you don’t mind the extra step, you can also remove the shower head and soak it in a container of vinegar. What about routine cleaning?
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