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How to Clean a Showerhead

by Staff Writer


Things You Need:

  • Bowl
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Scrub brush
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Plumber's tape
  • Towel

Over time, showerheads develop build-up from mineral deposits which can clog the holes and block water from spraying properly. Luckily, showerheads are easy to clean. Follow these tips to make your showerhead look and feel like new.

Fixed Showerheads:

  1. To remove your showerhead, turn it clockwise and unscrew it until it comes off. If you are unable to unscrew your fixed showerhead by hand, use an adjustable wrench to loosen it. To avoid scratching your showerhead, place a towel between the wrench and the showerhead.

  2. Place the showerhead in a bowl and pour distilled white vinegar into the bowl until it just covers the showerhead. Harsh bathroom cleansers may damage your showerhead, but vinegar is inexpensive and safe to use on any finish, whether you have a plastic showerhead or a chrome showerhead.

  3. Let the shower head soak for about 30 minutes. If the mineral deposits are really tough, you may need to soak the shower head anywhere between one hour and overnight.

  4. Use a scrub brush or old toothbrush to scrub all the holes of the shower head until they are clean and clear of build-up.

  5. Rinse the showerhead with clean water.

  6. Before reattaching your showerhead, clean the old tape and any other residue off the threads of the pipe and re-wrap it with new tape. Wrap the pipe in a clockwise direction about four or five times around the threads being careful not to tape above the threads.

  7. Before you screw the showerhead back on, check to see if it uses a rubber washer. If the showerhead has a rubber washer, it is fine to use a wrench to tighten it (just make sure to place a towel between the wrench and fixture to protect it from scratches). If there is no rubber washer, the showerhead should be hand-tightened only. Once the showerhead is back on, run water through it and make sure there are no leaks.

  8. Handheld Showerheads:

  9. If you have an adjustable or handheld showerhead or you would just prefer not to unscrew your fixed showerhead, simply fill a plastic sandwich bag with vinegar and fasten it to the showerhead with a rubber band and let it soak overnight before scrubbing with a brush.

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