When your shower head starts looking crusty, you have more to worry about than just the nasty appearance – your showers may also become less luxurious if the water can’t get through holes plugged up with mineral deposits.
Fortunately, there’s a tried and true method for removing minerals and hard water stains from shower heads. And the best part is you don’t even have to remove the fixture! Just grab a bottle of white vinegar, a plastic bag, and a piece of string, and you’ve got everything you need to clean a shower head.
Hassle-Free Way to Clean a Shower Head with Vinegar
If you can’t remove your shower head, or you simply want to skip this step, follow these tips for hassle-free cleaning:
- Fill a plastic bag partway with white vinegar. Be careful not to overfill the bag, or it could overflow when you submerge the shower head.
- Place the bag over the shower head until the entire fixture is fully immersed in the vinegar. If you need to adjust the vinegar level, do so now.
- Fasten the bag with a piece of string or twist ties wrapped around the neck of the shower head. Carefully test how secure the bag is to make sure it won’t slip once you let go.
- Let the shower head soak for several hours. For an especially dirty fixture, leave it overnight. However, if you have a brass, gold, or nickel-coated shower head, remove it from the vinegar after 30 minutes. Any longer than this could damage the finish.
- Untie the bag and remove it from the shower head. Tip the bag and let the vinegar run down the shower drain. Run hot water for a minute to flush out any mineral deposits stuck inside the shower head.
- Scrub the fixture with an old toothbrush if buildup remains. Focus on the areas around 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 the shower head with a soft cloth for a finished look. Buff and dry it to remove water spots and help the shower head look like new.
Clean a Shower Head More Thoroughly
If the above method isn’t effective enough to remove stubborn mineral deposits, follow these steps for a more thorough cleaning:
- Remove the shower head. Wrap the connecting nut with a cloth to protect the finish and twist it off with a wrench.
- Soak the shower head in a bowl or bucket filled with vinegar. Leave it overnight unless the fixture is coated in brass, gold, or nickel – in that case, remove it from the vinegar after half an hour. If the fixture is made of metal, you can simmer it in a pot of vinegar on the stove for 15 minutes.
- Rinse the shower head by holding it upside down under a faucet. The mineral deposits should flake right off. Scrub with an old toothbrush or poke a safety pin through the holes as you rinse.
- Reinstall the shower head. To prevent leaks, wrap plumbing tape around the threaded part of the wall pipe. Then screw the shower head back on. Run hot water for a minute to flush out any remaining residue.
If you have any household chores you don’t want to tackle yourself, leave it to the professionals! The Molly Maid team has decades of experience performing all sorts of cleaning tasks. Check out our simple tips for cleaning a shower curtain! To utilize our services, or for more household cleaning tips, contact your local Molly Maid online or call us at (800) 654-9647 today!