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5 Ways to Clean Your Showerhead

No one wants to shower with a partially clogged showerhead shooting water in all directions, but many people put up with it because they don’t know how to clean a showerhead. Fortunately, you have several options to tackle this project depending on what cleaning supplies you have lying around the house. Here are five ways to achieve a clean showerhead.


Fill a quart-size food storage baggie halfway with white vinegar. Then, without removing the showerhead from the wall, submerge it in the vinegar. Tie a rubber band around the bag to secure it to the shower arm.

After an hour of soaking, remove the rubber band, pour the vinegar down the drain, and dispose of the baggie. Turn on the hot water to flush out vinegar and mineral deposits. Finish the project by polishing the showerhead so it’s shiny and clean.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is another natural product you can use to clean a showerhead. Make a paste with baking soda and water and cover the showerhead, especially the nozzles where the water comes out. Let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly. This should be enough to get the water flowing properly again.

Deep Cleaning

Vinegar and baking soda are great ways to clean most mildly clogged showerheads. If you attempt these methods, but the holes remain clogged, the showerhead may require a deep cleaning. First, remove the showerhead from the shower arm. To prevent damaging the metal finish, wrap a towel around the wrench you use to remove the showerhead.

Once detached, run the showerhead under warm water and rinse out any goop inside. Then, place the showerhead in a bowl of white vinegar and scrub it with an old toothbrush. For good measure, soak the showerhead in vinegar overnight. In the morning, insert a safety pin into all the holes to open them up. Rinse the showerhead, reinstall it using thread seal tape, and test it out to see the results of your work.

Oven Cleaner

If you’re keen on cleaning the showerhead without removing it from the wall, try using oven cleaner. Wearing rubber gloves, coat the showerhead thoroughly in this powerful cleaner. Run the bathroom exhaust fan to carry fumes outside. After 20 minutes, rinse the showerhead and turn it on to make sure it functions properly.


Have bottles of Coca-Cola around the house? This unconventional cleaning product is a good backup if you don’t have vinegar, baking soda, or oven cleaner on hand. Try the bag-it trick with Coke instead of vinegar, or for a deeper clean, remove the showerhead and dip it in a bowl of the fizzy drink. Rub off the grime, unplug the holes, and wash the showerhead with soap and water to remove any sticky Coca-Cola residue. Finally, check to make sure the showerhead is functioning as it should.

House Cleaning Services from Molly Maid

A clean showerhead is just one aspect of a clean bathroom. If your busy lifestyle doesn’t allow much free time for soaking, scrubbing, and rinsing, let Molly Maid lend a hand. We’ll take care of cleaning your showerhead – and all other areas of your bathroom and home – as often as you need assistance. To request a free in-home estimate for professional house cleaning services, please contact your local Molly Maid or call us at (888) 583-6490 today.

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