Mineral deposits can build up in your shower head, resulting in sporadic water pressure and a stream that spurts out in all different directions. Cleaning your shower head will result in better water flow and a more uniform stream. In addition to removing mineral deposits and soap scum from the shower head, this method of cleaning can also be effective for removing mold from a shower head, as white vinegar is capable of killing most types of mold species.
What You’ll Need
- Pliers or vice grip (optional)
- Wide rubberband or towel (optional)
- White vinegar
- Thin wire or paperclip
- Old toothbrush
The Cleaning Process
- Remove your shower head. If it is difficult to remove, try using pliers or vice grips to loosen the head. If you do this, make sure to place a wide rubberband container or a towel around the shower head to protect it from scratches. If possible, remove the cover from your shower head, as well.
- Put the shower head into a container filled with warmed white vinegar. – Do not boil the vinegar.
- If you cannot remove your shower head, fill a small plastic baggie with 2-3 inches of white vinegar and rubberband or tape it to the shower head, making sure that the faceplate is completely submerged.
- Let soak in vinegar for 15-20 minutes. If your shower head has a brass or gold finish, don’t soak for more than 30 minutes at a time.
- Check the holes of the shower head and use a thin wire or paperclip to clear any clogs.
- Scrub off softened mineral deposits with an old toothbrush or similar brush.
- Rinse with hot water. Repeat steps 2-6 if necessary.