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From the toilet and floors to the countertop, sink, tub and tile surround, many areas of your bathroom receive regular attention with routine cleaning.


The shower head, though, is often overlooked. Just as other areas of the bathroom get filthy over time, the shower head does, too. Let’s look at how to clean a shower head properly.

Why Shower Heads Need Cleaning


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Generally, clean water flows through the shower head. Soap and other elements do not come in contact with the shower head as often as they may get on the shower walls, tub and other surfaces. However, the shower head is subject to build-up from hard water. In addition, some soap may splatter on the shower head as the spray strikes your skin and hair.


The soap scum and hard water mineral deposits build up and reduce water flow through the tiny water holes in the shower head. Bacteria and mold can also grow on your shower head. Eventually, these elements will completely block the holes.


Cleaning the shower head regularly prevents these blockages and ensures that you get a full-force stream of water when showering.


How Often Should Shower Heads be Cleaned?


If it’s been more than a few months since you last cleaned your shower head, this chore requires your attention right away.


Generally, a shower head needs to be cleaned every two months. If your home has hard water or uses well water, monthly cleaning is recommended.


How to Clean a Shower Head with Vinegar


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Vinegar has acidic properties, and it is the best natural ingredient for removing limescale and mineral residue. However, you should not clean brass or nickel-coated surfaces with vinegar.


To clean a shower head with vinegar, you’ll need baking soda, a toothpick, a cleaning cloth, distilled white vinegar, a heavy-duty plastic bag and twist ties or a rubber band. Fill the plastic bag with a few inches of vinegar. Cover the showerhead with the bag, ensuring that it is completely covered by the vinegar. Use a rubber band or twist tie to secure the bag in place.


After several hours, remove the bag. Turn on the water to flush the vinegar from the shower head. After turning off the water, poke a toothpick into the water hoes as needed to remove lingering residue. If necessary, scrub the holes with a toothbrush dipped in baking soda. Then, run water through the shower head again.


How to Clean a Shower Head with Lemon Juice


Lemon juice is another acidic liquid. While it is not as acidic as white vinegar, it can be used as a substitute if vinegar isn’t available to clean the shower head.


In addition to lemon juice, you’ll need salt, baking soda and a clean toothbrush. The instructions are similar to those for cleaning a shower head with vinegar. If you need fast results, however, you can combine lemon juice and baking soda or lemon juice with table salt to make a paste. Scrub the shower head with the paste and a toothbrush. Then, flush the shower head with clean water.


More Shower Head Cleaning Tips


If your showerhead has a filter screen, use pliers to remove the shower head and screen. Then, sprinkle baking soda on it. Without rinsing off the baking soda immerse the filter screen in a small bowl filled with vinegar. After several minutes, use a scrub brush to gently remove any remaining residue. Rinse the filter before returning it to the shower head.


Rather than immersing the shower head in your cleaning agent using a plastic bag, you can remove the shower head. Drop the shower head in a bowl filled with your preferred liquid, and follow the soaking instructions above.


You can minimize buildup over time by spritzing a 50-50 solution of white vinegar and water on the shower head with your weekly housecleaning efforts. Scrub the shower head with a toothbrush, and then rinse it with water.


After cleaning the shower head, dry it thoroughly and turn on the ventilation fan. Use the ventilation fan after each shower as well. Doing so can minimize mold growth.


Watch this video to find out the best and simplest method for cleaning your shower heads and getting rid of limescale, calcium buildup, and other gross stuff.





What Is the Best Way to Clean a Showerhead?


While store-bought cleaners and limescale de-scalers are available, the best way to clean a showerhead is with vinegar. White vinegar is a natural agent, giving you clean results without introducing harsh chemicals into your home. Compared to other natural agents, white vinegar is the most acidic and effective one that many people already have in their pantries.


How to Descale a Shower Head Without Vinegar?


If you don’t have white vinegar available, you can descale your shower head using lemon juice. You’ll need to combine the juice with either salt or baking soda to make a paste. Dip a clean toothbrush into the paste, and scrub the shower head to remove the limescale deposits.


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To access the filter screen, you must first remove the shower head. Before working on the filter screen, follow the instructions to clean the shower head. While the shower head is soaking, remove the screen with needle-nose pliers.


Make a 50-50 solution of vinegar and warm water. Dip a toothbrush in the solution, and gently scrub the filter screen until the debris is gone. Rinse it thoroughly before reassembling the shower head.


Grime builds up on your shower head just like it accumulates on surfaces throughout the home. Tackling all of the grime as frequently as needed is an exhausting, time-consuming responsibility. At Cleanzen, we want to deliver a clean home to you without the hassle. To book service with our Boston apartment cleaners, contact us today.


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