How to Clean A Showerhead

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Have you ever noticed how dirty your shower head can get? Or maybe you've found that the water pressure isn't what it used to be and there are clogged holes in the shower head. It's odd to think that our shower heads can get dirty when all they are doing is spraying out water. But if you have hard water in your home all of that gunk isn't actually dirt; it's hard water deposits. Hard water has a lot of different minerals in it including calcium and magnesium which are the most common minerals in these deposits. When the water evaporates, the minerals are left behind, and they build upon each other until you get a hardened deposit that can be really difficult to clean off. The good news is there are great cleaning tips available online like this one that teaches us how to clean up hard water deposits. The other great thing about this cleaning tutorial is that they use all natural cleaners to clean the hard water deposits from their shower head. Steph, a Hometalk member, shares her experience of having a clogged shower head and how she used simple natural cleaners to clean out the hard water deposits. You can try this on your own shower heads at home and see how great it works.

All you need is some white distilled vinegar and baking soda. Just mix the vinegar and baking soda together, and the acids in the vinegar will react with the baking soda to generate some fizzing which is always fun to see. When you have the ingredients mixed together put them into a ziplock bag and put the bag over the shower head and secure it in place with some rubber bands. Make sure it's covering all of the holes in the shower head nozzle. Then leave the bag with the natural cleaners in it on the shower head for at least a day or a night. Then, carefully remove the bag. You might want to hold a bucket underneath the bag to reduce any spills and have someone help you out too. When you have taken the bag off, you might notice that there are still some hard water deposits on the shower nozzle. You can take a cleaning toothbrush and start scrubbing the shower head and run some hot water to loosen up the deposits. The vinegar and baking soda will have broken down the deposits a lot already too. You can also use toothpicks to get into the tiny holes in the showerhead as well.

Keep running the hot water and rinse off the mineral deposits from the shower head. If you find that there are still some hard water deposits you can repeat the cleaning tutorial again and see if that helps. Depending on how long the hard water deposits have been there, some might be more difficult to remove than others. So you may have to repeat cleaning tips a few times to get the results you desire. Once all of the mineral deposits are cleaned away, you'll notice that your shower head sprays water just like it did when you first installed it. It won't be going in a bunch of different directions either, and your pressure should be back to normal again too. If you have any hard water stains anywhere else in your home, like on your faucets or even in your toilet, you can use vinegar and baking soda to get rid of them too. Another natural cleaner and cleaning tip you can try is using citric acid which will also eat away at the hard water deposits like vinegar.***

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