DIY Ways to Clean Your Shower Head

Is your shower head not working like it used to? Shower heads are things that people expect to be self-cleaning and therefore forgotten about in most cleaning routines. This can lead to build-ups of minerals for hard water, leaving you with low water pressure, which no one wants.

DIY Ways to Clean Your Shower Head

DIY Ways to Clean Your Shower Head

Is your shower head not working like it used to? Shower heads are things that people expect to be self-cleaning and therefore forgotten about in most cleaning routines. This can lead to build-ups of minerals for hard water, leaving you with low water pressure, which no one wants.

Soak the Shower Head in Vinegar

This can work by either removing the shower head or leaving it attached, depending on what you prefer/what is more manageable.

If you prefer to leave your shower head attached, then:

  1. Fill a plastic bag with distilled white vinegar and wrap it around a shower head.
  2. Secure it with a rubber band or some other form of a tie.
  3. Leave the shower head soaking in the vinegar for a couple of hours to break through the mineral buildup.
  4. After it has time to soak, remove the bag and run the water for a couple of minutes before taking a shower.

If you have significant amounts of buildup, removing the shower head may be the way to go. For this method:

  1. Fill a large container with distilled white vinegar and fully submerge the shower head.
  2. Let the shower head soak for a couple of hours.
  3. Rinse the shower head with water before reattaching it.

If needed to remove additional buildup, you can do some scrubbing for both of these methods after soaking it.

DIY Ways to Clean Your Shower Head

Soak the Shower Head in Vinegar

This can work by either removing the shower head or leaving it attached, depending on what you prefer/what is more manageable.

If you prefer to leave your shower head attached, then:

  1. Fill a plastic bag with distilled white vinegar and wrap it around a shower head.
  2. Secure it with a rubber band or some other form of a tie.
  3. Leave the shower head soaking in the vinegar for a couple of hours to break through the mineral buildup.
  4. After it has time to soak, remove the bag and run the water for a couple of minutes before taking a shower.

If you have significant amounts of buildup, removing the shower head may be the way to go. For this method:

  1. Fill a large container with distilled white vinegar and fully submerge the shower head.
  2. Let the shower head soak for a couple of hours.
  3. Rinse the shower head with water before reattaching it.

If needed to remove additional buildup, you can do some scrubbing for both of these methods after soaking it.

DIY Ways to Clean Your Shower Head
DIY Ways to Clean Your Shower Head

Clean the Filter Screen of Your Shower Head

This part is easier if you have access to your shower head’s user manual (either the physical version or the company’s website) because every shower head is different. It is usually located in the part where the shower head connects to the pipe, so follow these steps to clean it:

  1. Remove the shower head.
  2. Use a pair of tweezers or pliers to remove the filter.
  3. Run the screen under water for a couple of minutes and use a toothbrush to brush away any buildup gently.
  4. Then, put the filter screen back where you found it and reattach the shower head.

After cleaning both the shower head and the filter screen, your water pressure should go back to its original state.

You may want to consider adding cleaning your shower head into your regular bathroom cleaning. To do this, fill a spray bottle with distilled white vinegar and wipe it down. This helps reduce build-up and the need for deep cleaning.

Call A Plumbing Professional at High Speed Plumbing

If none of the above suggestions work, consider getting a new shower head or consulting a plumbing professional at High Speed Plumbing.  Check out this post about the benefits of installing a filtered shower head.

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