If you’re someone who enjoys a soothing shower, you might as well know when something’s off with the water flow. On a closer look, you may notice a spotty showerhead. On top of giving a bad look to your shower and bathroom altogether, mineral buildup can clog the showerhead!
So, It’s time to remove the mineral buildup! Try one of the following methods to clean your showerhead and return it to its former glory.
How to clean your showerhead with vinegar
Here are two ways to clear up your showerhead using vinegar. Its acidic properties make it a perfect agent for the task, as it breaks down the layer or limescale and dissolves those pesky minerals. Depending on the mineral’s stubbornness, one of the two methods will do the trick.
Method #1: Vinegar-filled bag
Perhaps your showerhead isn’t that dingy, but you want to avoid any damage when removing it. Fortunately, this easy method is entirely done with the showerhead kept in place.
These are the steps to clean your showerhead:
- Fill a bag halfway with undiluted vinegar.
- Secure the bag by fastening it over the showerhead or wrapping it with a string. The showerhead should be fully submerged in the vinegar.
- Leave it overnight so the vinegar can do its thing. However, if your showerhead is made of brass, gold, or nickel, leave the bag for 30 minutes or less to avoid damaging the finish.
- Once time’s up, untie the bag and let it drain in hot water for a minute to flush the minerals out.
- Get an old toothbrush, scrub any leftover minerals, and flush again. Repeat as many times as needed.
- Buff any remaining details with a clean, microfiber cloth.
Method #2: Vinegar bath
Try this more thorough method if you deal with stronger lime and mineral deposits. In this case, you can handle the showerhead better since you’ll remove it from the pipe.
Follow these steps:
- Remove the showerhead without damaging it by covering it with a soft cloth beforehand.
- Soak the showerhead in a bowl of vinegar overnight or for 60 mins if it’s made of brass, nickel, or gold. If the fixture is made of metal, you can boil it for 15 mins.
- Rinse the showerhead upside down under a faucet and scrub with a toothbrush. Poke the holes with a needle or toothpick and rinse until the water flushes properly through it.
- Reinstall with plumbing tape and run hot water for a minute to address any residue.
Note: Now that your showerhead is ready, prevent further clogging using method #1 when you notice mineral buildup or low water pressure.
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