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How to Clean Showerheads: A Step-by-Step Guide

Updated on September 16, 2018
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Shower heads can get pretty dirty and clogged over time. Unfortunately, this is inevitable because of mineral deposits found in tap water. Apparently, it needs to be cleaned so it sprays uniformly. That's one of the main reasons why it is important that you know how to clean it properly. If you haven't done it before, don't worry. I'll walk you through the entire process on this step-by-step guide on how to clean shower heads. When you are done reading this article, you will be able to do it efficiently: all it may take is a little bit of practice. So, without further ado, let's dig in.

Use a Sponge

Some shower heads are dirtier than others, especially those that are used for a longer time frame. It means that some of them require more effort to clean than others. So, I personally recommend that you start with a scrubber sponge.

Unscrew the shower head and wipe off dry debris from the holes with the sponge. Do it as much as you can without applying to much pressure, especially for plastic shower heads. Remember, molds are much more likely to develop on plastic shower heads than on metal ones.

Mix White Vinegar

If it’s still not spraying uniformly after using sponge to clean it, you’ll have to use white vinegar. Why vinegar? Vinegar is acidity. The acid in it will help to dissolve dirt--mineral deposits--on the shower head. So, you will need a solution of equal part water and white vinegar--50 percent each. Mix it adequately. The liquid should be sufficient to cover the shower head. 1 cup should do it.

Use a Plastic Bag

You will also need a plastic bag. Pour the mixture into the plastic bag. Once it is done, put it over the shower head. And the holes need to be fully immersed in the liquid (a twist tie will work just fine, if you want to secure the plastic bag to the shaft: this will hold it in place). It should be allowed to soak for at least 25 to 30 minutes. I will recommend that you leave it for an hour or two.

Remove the Plastic Bag

Wiped off loosened deposits in the shower head with a soft cloth, once the bag has been removed. You should also run it in full force to get rid of any dirt that is stuck on the shower head. Repeat the soaking process, if the nozzles are still partly clogged.

Clean the Area Close to the Shower head

Now that your shower head is flowing, you can take the cleaning to other tricky parts on the shower head. Use a spray cleaner and the scrubber sponge to do it. Spray a small section of it and scrub. Rinse with water and continue until the area close to the head is clean. That's it! Good luck!

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