If your shower looks ugly and the holes are clogged, I will show you a DIY Tip on how to clean shower head holes without running out to buy a new one.
I also had a clogged shower head that looked ugly because of black discoloration. In addition, because the shower head holes got blocked by accumulated lime-scale, the water pressure was low. Another headache was after-drip on the shower head because some water remained trapped in the shower head after finishing using it.
Keep this in mind, calcium and limescale are the main culprits for discolored and blocked shower heads. Therefore, when you deal with these two minerals using the steps below, your shower head will be left looking sparkling clean and with powerful pressure.
If the lime-scale and calcium buildup prove to be stubborn, you can leave the shower head submerged longer or overnight. 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.
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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.