A Step-By-Step Guide On How To Clean Your Showerhead

Have you ever noticed the water pressure in the shower has been minimised? Have you found yourself wondering the reasons why is this happening?  And let me ask you one more question: Have you ever cleaned the showerhead? 

Prοblems with the water flow are due to blockages on the showerhead because of mineral deposits, soap scum and limescale. To bring back the normal pressure and enjoy your shower, you need to apply a showerhead cleaning routine. It might sound like a tedious task, but it’s something that needs to be done regularly.

close up of water running from a clean shower head

Thankfully, several DIY cleaning methods help you clean out the showerhead. You don’t need to buy any special cleaning products to remove dirt. Ingredients you’ve already had into your kitchen cabinets will help you remove the toughest grime from the faucet and any type of shower faucet. And we are here to walk you through a step-by-step process on how to clean your showerhead. Are you ready to find out? Let’s dive in!

Why do you have to clean the showerhead?

Cleaning the showerhead is as essential as cleaning the bathroom tiles (including the tile grout), the toilet and the rest of the bathroom. And that’s because mineral deposits and limescale buildup block the holes affecting and minimising the water pressure. Thus, if you notice a difference in the water flow, it’s probably time for cleaning. 

What’s more, it is essential to clean the showerhead for health reasons, as it is the perfect place for bacteria, mould, and germs to grow. The inside part of a showerhead is hot and wet, two conditions that harmful bacteria love to live and thrive in, leading to several health problems for you and your family. 

How to descale the showerhead: The fast way 

The quickest way to clean your shower is to use vinegar. Watch out, though! Do you know what’s the best vinegar to use? Not all types of vinegar are suitable for this purpose. Brown vinegar might leave stains and malt vinegar might not effectively remove the stains. It would be best to use distilled white vinegar to have the desired results. Let’s see how to clean out the shower head with vinegar: 

White vinegar on wooden table

Needed materials:

  • A resealable plastic bag
  • Distilled vinegar (white)
  • An old toothbrush
  • A rubber band

Steps to follow:

  1. Pour vinegar into the resealable bag. Make sure you fill half the bag with vinegar.
  2. Get the bag and immerse the shower into it.
  3. Next, secure the end of the bag around the shower arm with the rubber band.
  4. Let it sit in the vinegar for an hour. 
  5. Then, remove the showerhead from the bag and let it under the hot water for 5-10 minutes to rinse vinegar.
  6. After that, scrub any left deposits with a toothbrush.
  7. Rinse the showerhead with running water to get rid of the limescale leftovers. 

How to deep clean your showerhead

Unfortunately, you may need to do a deep cleaning every now and then to ensure that the most stubborn and toughest grime is being removed. The vinegar-soda combo is rather effective. You can also use it to clean soap buildup in your drain, the shower curtain and shower glass. Here’s what need to do to clean deeply your showerhead.

someone wearing blue rubber gloves cleans the shower head with a tooth pick

Needed materials:

  • A wrench
  • White vinegar
  • A toothpick
  • Baking soda
  • Plumbing tape

Steps to follow:

  1. The first important step is to remove the showerhead from the shower arm. Use a wrench to do it easier. 
  2. Place the showerhead under running water, holding it upside down. 
  3. To loosen deposits, soak the toothbrush in vinegar and scrub the shower. You can also use a toothpick to remove residues stuck in the holes. 
  4. Next, mix in a bowl vinegar and some baking soda. Place the showerhead in the vinegar-soda solution and let it soak overnight. This way, you’ll clean it thoroughly from any dirt and deposits.
  5. The following day, rinse it again.
  6. Finally, wrap some tape around the shower arm’s threads and put back in place the showerhead using a wrench. 

How to clean a handheld showerhead 

In case you have a handheld showerhead, you should remove it first from the hose and then start descaling it. Let’s see what you need and how to clean this type.

a woman holding a handheld shower head and checking the water temperature

Needed materials:

  • A bucket
  • Distilled vinegar (white)
  • A wrench
  • An old towel
  • A toothbrush
  • A soft cloth

Steps to follow:

  1. First, you’ll have to remove the shower from the hose. You might need to use a wrench and a towel to do so. Wrap the towel around the connection and turn it with the wrench.
  2. Then, place the showerhead in the bucket and pour vinegar until it is covered.
  3. Let it soak overnight
  4. The following day, rinse the head and scrub it with the toothbrush. Make sure you scrub the nozzles, too, since there it’s noticed mostly the buildup
  5. Once you’ve finished scrubbing, rinse with cold water
  6. Finally, wipe dry the showerhead with a soft cloth.

How to clean a fixed shower head

The cleaning process is slightly different for those who own a fixed shower. Here’s the cleaning process to descale fixed ones.

Needed materials:

  • A plastic bag
  • String/ elastic band
  • White vinegar
  • And old toothbrush 
  • A microfibre cloth

Steps to follow:

  1. Fill the bag with vinegar. Pour up to the middle of the bag. 
  2. Then, place the bag under the shower and slowly submerge it until the vinegar covers it completely. 
  3. Secure the bag by tying a piece of string or elastic band.
  4. Let it stay in the vinegar for about 30 minutes up to overnight, depending on its condition. 
  5. After the time has passed, remove it from the bag and rinse any limescale and mineral deposits
  6. Then, scrub it with a toothbrush and rinse again. 
  7. Finally, dry it with a microfibre cloth

Note: If the showerhead is made of brass, let it stay in the vinegar solution for 30 minutes. Remove and rinse very well. If it is necessary, you can repeat the procedure.

Tips to prevent your showerhead from clogging

Limescale is the biggest enemy of the shower. Following some prevention tips, though, you’ll manage to keep out the limescale and mineral deposits.

shower with water stream

  1. Maintain a cleaning routine once a week and once a month for deep cleaning.
  2. After every shower, wipe dry the showerhead using a dry towel.
  3. If you live in a hard water area, you should consider installing a filter to clean the water and catch the deposits that block your showerhead.
  4. Finally, you can change the existing shower with a self-clean one. You just need to run your fingers over the nozzles to be sure that they’re clean. 

How often should you need to clean my showerhead?

When it comes to the frequency of cleaning, the rule of thumb is to clean it deep at least once a month.  However, maintaining a weekly routine will keep out limescale, mould, mildew and mineral build-up

The easiest way to avoid all the cleaning trouble is to keep a vinegar solution in your bathroom, and after having a shower, spray the showerhead and wipe it dry. This method will keep away all the hazardous elements.

Extra showerhead cleaning tips

However, you should follow some cleaning tips to have a free mineral and limescale deposits showerhead beyond the cleaning methods. 

  • Avoid bleach. Researches have shown that using any cleaning solution containing bleach helps develop bacteria instead of removing them. Also, it’s a harsh chemical, rather caustic. Thus, the best thing to do is to avoid using it.
  • Avoid using hard-bristle brushes. While cleaning the showerhead, don’t use a brush with stiff bristles to remove the gunk, as there is a great risk of scratching it, especially if it has a metal finish. Instead, opt for a soft brush or even a toothbrush. 
  • Keep the window and the door open during the cleaning process. Whether using vinegar, bleach or other commercial cleaning products, you should open the window and ensure that the room is well ventilated.

cleaning teh shower head wearing orange rubber gloves

The showerhead used to be the part you had never cleaned before because you probably didn’t know you should do. However, from now on, this is going to change. You have all you need to know to make your showerhead shine and sparkle like brand new. The above methods are effective in cleaning a dirty showerhead. However, if you can’t descale it by applying one of these methods, it’s probably the best time to replace it with a new one. 

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