Why you should clean your shower head

Shower heads in the average household are rarely cleaned if ever.

Let’s stop and consider for the minute the average household shower is used at least 2-3 times a day, that’s a lot of build up over a year.

Cleaning the shower head is an important skill to learn and not many know how to do it.

Take into consideration how old your current shower head is. If it’s been in the same house since construction then its a guarantee that many different people have potentially used it.

Shower heads get clogged with build-up, become mildewed, and potentially develop bacteria! 

Hard water with a high proportion of minerals, such as calcium and magnesium may force you to clean shower heads often to stop them from getting clogged.

It is fair to conclude that If we don’t clean our shower heads, there is a potential that the water coming out of them is dirty, which can be adding build up to our showers and glass doors.

So how do you clean your shower head?

  • Fill a plastic bag partway with white vinegar. We suggest using a reusable snaplock bag
  • Place the bag over the shower head ensure it is the shower head is fully covered in the vinegar
  • Attach the bag to the shower head with twisty ties, rubber bands or string around the shower head.
  • Soak for several hours or overnight if the shower head is particularly dirty. leave it overnight. Be CAREFUL with brass, gold, or nickel-coated shower heads, vinegar can damage these metals
  • Once complete remove the bag tip the vinegar down the drain and run hot water for a minute to flush
  • Scrub with an old toothbrush if buildup remains. Focus on the holes where water comes out. Turn the hot water back on to flush out even more residue. Repeat this process until you no longer see mineral deposits.
  • Polish with a soft cloth and dry.