Minerals in your water, like calcium and lime, gradually build on the inside and outside of your shower head. Eventually, the mineral deposits may impede the flow of water. The extent of mineral buildup will determine the steps you should follow when learning how to clean a shower head. You won’t have to remove the shower head for light deposits. However, substantial mineral deposits call for taking the shower head off.
Tools You’ll Need
Regular household white vinegar will provide the cleaning solution you’ll use when learning how to clean a shower head.
- Scrub brush
- Plastic food storage bag
- Masking tape
- Needle-nose pliers
How to Clean a Shower Head Directions
For Light Mineral Buildup:
- Briefly scrub the shower head with a brush to knock off loose bits of minerals and grime.
- Select a plastic food storage bag that fits over the shower head.
- Put about 1 cup of vinegar into the bag.
- Lift the bag over the shower head.
- Add more vinegar if the shower head is not fully submerged in vinegar.
- Tape the bag securely in place.
- Allow shower head to soak for a minimum of 8 hours.
- Remove bag and tape.
- Run hot water through the shower head.
For Heavy Mineral Buildup:
- Wrap a rag around the shower pipe to protect it from the pliers.
- Grip the shower pipe with the pliers.
- With your other hand, grip the nut holding the shower head with a wrench.
- Loosen the nut.
- Set aside the pliers and wrench and unscrew the shower head with your hand.
- Rinse debris out from the inside of the shower head with water.
- Find the shower head’s filter screen and gently take it out with needle-nose pliers.
- Run water over the screen and scrub it clean with a brush.
- Fill a bowl with warm vinegar and submerge the shower head.
- Leave it to soak for 1 day.
- After soaking, rinse off the shower head.
- Slide a needle through the holes to knock off any lingering mineral blockages.
- Reassemble the shower head.
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