Is your shower head not working as well as it used to? Are you wondering how to clean a shower head and remove limescale? Read our article to the end to learn how to clean your shower head and restore its original performance.
Experts say that harmful bacteria can hide in shower heads. Therefore, you don’t need a sponge or chemical cleaners for thorough cleaning. By using the method we recommend, you can achieve a clean and refreshed shower head with a single move, without scrubbing or getting tired. Here are the details:
Step 1: Cleaning the Shower Head with Vinegar-Based Limescale Remover
To clean your shower head, apply a vinegar-based limescale remover that easily cleans dirt and limescale without parabens, phosphates, chlorine, or dyes. Use a medium-bristle toothbrush to brush the shower head.
Step 2: Soaking and Cleaning the Detachable Shower Head
If your shower head can be removed from the pipe, remove it. Pour 1/4 liter of boiling water into a container large enough to accommodate the shower head. Then, add about 1 teacup (60-80 ml) of vinegar-based limescale remover. Soak the shower head in this mixture for a few hours. Afterward, rinse it with plenty of water, reattach it, and run the water for a few minutes to flush out any remaining residue.
Step 3: Cleaning a Non-Detachable Shower Head
If your shower head cannot be removed from the pipe, fill a plastic bag with hot water and vinegar-based limescale remover. Secure the bag around the shower head so that it is submerged in the solution. Let it soak for a few hours. Then, remove the bag, rinse the shower head with plenty of water, and turn on the water to flush out any remaining detergent.
Step 4: Cleaning the Shower Filter
For a more thorough cleaning, consider adding shower filter cleaning to your routine. To clean the shower filter, refer to the shower head’s user manual or visit the manufacturer’s website for the necessary information. Generally, the filter screen is located where the shower head connects to the pipe. To access the filter screen, you will need to remove the shower head from the pipe. Gently shake the filter screen or use tweezers/pliers to remove it. After removing the screen, hold it under running water to clean any buildup. To remove mineral deposits, gently brush the screen with a toothbrush. Reinsert the filter screen and reattach the shower head to the pipe.
Now that you know how to clean a shower head, follow these steps to restore its performance to its original state.
Cleaning Shower Head Holes
Minerals in the water can cause limescale buildup in the shower head’s holes. Therefore, you should include shower head cleaning in your bathroom cleaning routine and maintain maximum water flow performance. So, how can you clean the small holes in the shower head?
Cleaning Shower Head Holes
Small holes in the shower head, which allow for balanced water flow, can become clogged or less efficient due to the accumulation of minerals in these areas. To prevent water buildup, gently rub these holes after showering and clean them regularly.
Step 1: Applying Vinegar-Based Limescale Remover
Pour the vinegar-based limescale remover over the holes and let it sit for a few minutes.
Step 2: Brushing
Using a medium-bristle toothbrush, gently brush the holes. Rinse with plenty of water and leave the water running for a while to ensure that the insides of the holes are also cleaned. You will see that the holes in your shower head are easily cleaned.
Cleaning the Shower Head Without Tools
If you cannot remove your shower head or simply want to skip this step, you can use a rubber band and a plastic bag to soak your shower head. (Note: This method is ideal for shower heads made of chrome, stainless steel, or other protected metal surfaces.)
- First, pass a rubber band over the top of the shower head.
- Wrap the rubber band around the shower arm once or twice to ensure the plastic bag stays in place. Then, fill the plastic bag with white vinegar.
- Slide the bag under the band to attach it to the shower head. Let it sit for an hour, then remove the bag and turn on the water to rinse.
- Polish with a soft cloth.
By following these steps, you can effectively clean your shower head and maintain its performance, regardless of whether it is detachable or not. Regular cleaning will prevent limescale buildup and ensure a more enjoyable shower experience. Make sure to include shower head cleaning in your regular bathroom cleaning routine to keep it working optimally