Benefits of a Clean Shower Head
Shower head sputtering? Like you, your shower head needs the occasional cleaning. Over time, mineral deposits and other gunk can clog spray holes, robbing you of a pleasant shower and increasing the amount of time it takes to remove soap and shampoo due to lackluster pressure. Luckily, you can improve your shower experience with just a few inexpensive and natural home cleaning products.
If the low water pressure doesn’t bother you that much, there are also other considerations. Specifically, all the yuck stuck to your shower head alongside those mineral deposits. Things like mold, mildew, soap scum, bacteria and dirt carried around and disbursed from your body. In fact, one-third of shower heads tested by researchers were found to have bacteria associated with pulmonary diseases, and extremely gross shower head contenders were even associated with the spread of Legionnaires disease.
How to Clean Shower Head Holes
Removing residue from all those tiny holes can be frustrating for those not in-the-know. Fortunately, in most cases, cleaning your shower head is fast and easy. (You can literally do it in your sleep.) Popular methods include…
- Cleaning with Vinegar
Best for chrome, stainless steel, and other protected metal surfaces, clean your shower head quickly and easily with vinegar, a plastic baggie, and an elastic band. Learn how here.
- How to Clean a Shower Head with Baking Soda
Need a little extra cleaning ‘oomph?’ Make your own scrubbing bubbles with a vinegar/baking soda mix. Starting over the sink, fill a plastic bag with 1 cup of white vinegar. Add 1/3 cup of baking soda. (Warning, you’re in the splash zone, and overflows may occur!) Attach the bubbly bag to your shower head with an elastic bag, as per the previous tutorial.
- How to Clean a Shower head without Vinegar
For those that don’t enjoy the astringent aroma of vinegar, castile soap, another natural cleaning agent, offers a great alternative - as per this great YouTube tutorial. Not a fan of either? Contact your product manufacturer for other cleaning recommendations.
Always check for compatibility of cleaning agents before commencing with shower head cleaning – even with natural products. Don’t scrub soft rubber too vigorously, and always avoid strong chemicals - both can damage delicate nozzles.
Heavy-Duty Cleaning Tips for Wimpy Water Flow Post-Rinse
For those with old pipes or gunk in the hot water tank, metal corrosion debris can become built up within your shower head, destroying water pressure. To address this issue, you’ll need to pull-off some advanced cleaning maneuvers:
- Disconnect the shower head, unscrewing the nut carefully at the arm with a wrench (not pliers). Use a rag or rubber grippy to surround the nut before you clamp to reduce scratches.
- Rinse repeatedly with sharp blasts of water to knock out debris. Tip: Empty into a bucket to prevent metal debris from clogging sewage-bound pipes.
- Soak disconnected shower head overnight, using one of the above cleaning methods to dissolve remaining deposits.
- Rinse well inside and out, and carefully re-attach, adding a bit of new plumbing tape around the threads to ensure a tight seal. Avoid over-torqueing and stripping the threads, again protecting the fixture with a rag or rubber grippy to avoid scratches.
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