If your shower looks ugly and the holes are clogged, you are in the right place. I will show you a DIY Tip on how to clean shower head holes without running out to buy a new shower head.
I started out with a clogged shower head that looked ugly because of the black discoloration.
Because the shower head holes got blocked, the water pressure was low. Another headache was after-drip because some water remained trapped in the shower head.
Keep this in mind calcium and limescale the once found that cause this problem. The trick is so easy that even I was surprised how well it worked. Before you know it, you will have your shower head, looking sparkling clean with excellent water pressure.
How to clean shower head holes using vinegar and baking soda
1. If your shower head is detachable detach it
2. Mix two cups of vinegar with 4 tablespoons of baking soda inside a jag
3. Submerge shower head inside the solution
4. Leave it for some few hours or overnight
5. Scrub with an old toothbrush
6. Using a pin unblock all the holes one by one
7. Rinse the shower head and fix it back
8. Let water run for about 2 minutes
Mixing vinegar and with baking soda causes a chemical reaction that leads to the formation of carbonic acid.
Cleaning the shower head without removing it
- Pour vinegar into a sandwich bag
- Submerge the shower head inside the sandwich bag
- Hold it in place with an elastic band
- Leave it for some few hours or overnight
If the lime-scale and calcium buildup prove to be stubborn, you can leave the shower head submerged longer. You can also mix vinegar with baking soda. Pour the solution in spray bottle and spray on the shower head holes while scrubbing with an old toothbrush.
Remember, you should not handle baking soda with your bare hands because it is acidic. You should use hand-gloves. When descaling, the shower head keep the windows of your bathroom open to let the strong stench of vinegar escape.
After cleaning the shower head, it will look sparkling clean, and the after drip will stop. And you will surely feel a difference in water pressure. You won’t believe how well it will work.
To prevent mineral deposits from accumulating, you should make a point cleaning the shower head every time you wash your bathroom. You can use vinegar to clean all your home faucets and other water faucets.
Should I clean a shower head with bleach?
According to research, using a bleaching agent such as those found in homes are not effective in cleaning the shower. Because most types of bleaches used in our homes use chlorine as a disinfectant, bacteria commonly found on shower heads are resistant to chlorine bleach.
How to clean a shower hose
If you just clean the shower head and live flexible hose unlearned, the calcium and lime-scale that has built-up inside the pipe will end up creating a blockade. So it is also essential to clean the hose. It is more challenging to clean hose that the shower head.
- Detach the shower hose
- Use a pin to dredge the holes to remove the mineral that has accumulated
- Soak the hose in vinegar and baking soda solution
- Leave it there overnight
- Rinse properly with running water
Cleaning shower head using CLR
CLR which stands for Calcium, Lime and Rust remover is chemical that can remove minerals that have built up. CLR is excellent in eliminating calcium and lime-scale so that you can soak the shower head in CLR, and all the minerals will be removed.
It takes five minutes to for CLR to remove all the minerals. If your water has a lot of minerals and you don’t mind spending a few dollars, I recommend you get Calcium, Lime and rust remover. You can be sure that your shower head will be looking spotlessly clean.
Once you buy CLR, you can be using it to clean other appliances like coffee makers. You pour the CLR into a plastic bag and hold it on the shower head using an elastic band if you don’t want to remove the shower head.
The option available when you want to clean your shower head is to use vinegar mixed with baking soda. If you don’t want to detach your shower head, you can use a sandwich bag and hold the bag using an elastic band. You should not use home bleaches to clean shower heads because research has shown bacteria found in shower heads are resistant to bleaches. Calcium Lime and Rust (CRL) is an alternative to vinegar and can be used for the job of cleaning shower heads.