How to Finally Clean Your Shower Head

The Woodlands, Home Buying, Home Selling, Buying, Selling, Buy, SellMineral deposits and grime build-up can not only make your shower hardware unsightly, but also prevent it from working. If your shower head spurts water in all directions or weakly trickles water through a crust of lime, there are steps you can take before you have to buy all new hardware. This method will also work to get rid of those ugly deposits that keep your sink and shower hardware from their ultimate shine. And it’s very simple.


  • Pliers
  • Bowl/plastic bag
  • White vinegar, warmed
  • Paperclip or small wire
  • Toothbrush or soft cleaning brush
  1. Remove your shower head. Seems like a no-brainer, but this can be complicated depending on the type of hardware you have. You may need pliers or even a vice grip to get it off. If it’s too difficult, don’t fret. Instead of soaking it in a pan, you can use a plastic bag taped around the fixture.
  2. Submerge the shower head into warm white vinegar. Don’t boil the vinegar – this could melt plastic shower heads – just heat it. Let it soak for 15-20 minutes. Don’t go over 3o minutes if your fixture has a gold or brass finish.
  3. Use a paperclip or small wire to clean out the holes on the face of the shower head, and a toothbrush or other soft brush to gently scrub away the mineral deposits.
  4. Rinse with hot water, and repeat if need be.

And that’s it! Simple cleaning task with super shiny results.


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