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How to descale your shower head

Handheld shower heads:

  1. Remove the showerhead from the hose. Be careful not to lose the rubber washer when you do as this stops water from leaking between the head and the hose.
  2. Put the shower head in a bucket or plastic container and cover it with white vinegar.
  3. Leave the shower head to soak in the vinegar for at least 30 minutes, preferably around an hour. If your shower head is brass, do not leave it in the vinegar for any longer than 30 minutes.
  4. Take the shower head out of the vinegar and rinse it with water.
  5. Remove any remaining limescale with an old toothbrush, paying special attention to the nozzle.
  6. Rinse again with water and polish with a soft cloth.
  7. Reattach to the hose and turn on the shower to flush out any remaining limescale.

Fixed shower heads:

  1. Take a plastic bag that is big enough to fit over your showerhead and half fill it with vinegar.
  2. Place it over the head until the head is completely submerged in the vinegar and use some string or an elastic band to tie it in place.
  3. Leave for at least 30 minutes, preferably around an hour. If your shower head is brass, do not leave it in the vinegar for any longer than 30 minutes.
  4. Turn on the shower to flush out any deposits left inside the showerhead.
  5. Repeat the process if necessary until all the limescale has gone.

How To Clean A Shower Head – Top 3 Tips

By Craig F.
December 15, 2017

Is your shower head not performing like it used to? Over time mineral deposits can build up which can cause the nozzles to squirt water in all directions or clog up completely, leaving you with poor water pressure or low flow.

Here are our top tips to help get your shower head back to peak performance.

#1 Rub the Nozzles

Many shower heads have flexible rubber nozzles. You can dislodge mineral buildup in these nozzles by simply massaging each nozzle with your finger. You can also try gently scrubbing the nozzles with a toothbrush.

#2 Soak the Shower Head in Vinegar

There are a couple ways to do this:

  • If you prefer to leave the shower head attached to the pipe coming out of the wall, you can fill a plastic bag with vinegar and wrap it around the shower head.
    • Secure the bag around the head with a rubber band, tape, or a twist tie.
    • Leave the bag around the shower head for a few hours.
    • Remove the bag and turn on the water for a few minutes to clear the vinegar out of the shower head.
  • If you don’t mind removing the head from the shower pipe, you can submerge the shower head in a container full of white vinegar.
    • Let the shower head soak in the vinegar for a few hours.
    • Re-attach the shower head to the shower pipe and run water through the head for a few minutes to clear out the vinegar.

    (view our How To Install Your Shower Head Blog)

#3 Clean the Filter Screen

To clean the filter screen, you may need to consult the shower head instruction manual. If you didn’t keep the manual, don’t panic! You can usually find it on the brand’s website or by contacting the customer service department.

In general, the filter screen is located in the part of the shower head that connects to the pipe. You will need to remove the shower head from the pipe to get to the filter screen.

In most Waterpik® brand shower heads, the filter screen can be removed by gently brushing the filter out. Or you can use tweezers/needle-nose pliers to get the screen out of the pivot ball.

Once the filter screen is out of the pivot ball, run the screen under water for a few minutes to flush out any buildup. You can also use a toothbrush to gently brush out mineral deposits.

Place the filter screen back into the pivot ball and re-install the shower head to the shower pipe.

Important Note! Harsh cleaning chemicals may damage your shower head and are not recommended for cleaning. (Read our blog post for some great money-saving tips for cleaning showers without expensive, harsh chemicals.)

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If the water from your showerhead is shooting out in all directions, or your flow has become almost nonexistent, the holes in your showerhead are probably clogged with minerals. Not to worry: Carolyn Forte, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab, has a remedy for this situation.

How to clean your showerhead:

1. Wipe as much of the dry debris from the holes as you can with a scrubber sponge.

2. Still not spraying straight? Mix a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water (you’ll need about 1 cup), and pour it into a plastic bag.

3. Put the plastic bag around the showerhead so the holes are immersed in the liquid, and secure the bag to the shaft with a twist tie.

4. Allow it to soak at least 15 to 20 minutes (up to an hour if you can).

5. Remove the bag and wipe away loosened deposits. Run the shower on hot to flush and you’re all set.

How to Maintain Your Shower

Now that your showerhead is flowing freely, make sure the rest of your bathing experience keeps up. Here’s how to clean all of the other tricky places in your shower.

Mildew-covered surfaces

Start by opening a window or door to ventilate the room, then grab your favorite tub-and-tile spray cleaner, like CLR Fresh Scent Bath and Kitchen Cleaner ($15, “Work on the shower in three vertical sections — this will cut down on fumes and prevent the cleaner from drying before you wipe it,” says Forte. Spray the first section, covering both tile and tub, and give it a few minutes to penetrate. Then spray the second section, and let it soak while you clean the first.

With a wet scrubber sponge, wipe down the first area, using wide strokes to cover the most surface in the least amount of time, then rinse the sponge. Fill a cup with water and rinse the cleaned area. When the first section is done, spray the third section, then wipe and rinse the second, followed by the third. For any remaining grout stains, mix up one part bleach and two parts water in a spray bottle. Let it soak in for a few minutes. Turn on the shower for a minute so it can self-rinse, and give any outside-of-the-stream spots a quick splash with your cup.

Clogged drain

Use your trusty plunger to clear the blockages in your drains and pipes. Yes, you can use this on your shower drain, just make sure to remove the cover first. If that doesn’t work, move on to chemical drain cleaner, like Liquid-Plumr Power Gel ($18, and follow the manufacturer’s directions accordingly. And if you’re still out of luck, Forte says it’s time to enlist the pros. “After that, call a professional plumber and tell them what you used. That way, there won’t be any surprises.”

You’ve Probably Never Cleaned This Part of Your Shower (and It’s Kind of Gross)

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Knowing how to clean a shower isn’t an optional part of housekeeping. Everyone showers or bathes, so everyone should know how to clean that bathing spot, even if it’s a quick wipe-down every few weeks. (Self-described neat freaks will cringe, but that’s definitely better than nothing.) But even the best shower cleaner can’t get the space completely spotless if you’re not cleaning every part of it. Think about it: When was the last time you washed the shower head or shower curtain?

Learning how to clean a shower curtain is actually pretty easy. All you need to do is throw the shower curtain and liner in the washing machine, with a large bath towel (or a few) for scrubbing action, according to the pros at residential cleaning company Molly Maid, a Neighborly company. Add detergent and wash the load on gentle, then hang dry (or throw in the dryer for just a few minutes). It’s that simple.

Of course, cleaning a shower curtain is pretty uncommon. Many people purchase inexpensive curtains and toss them when they start to look dirty, or they move homes so often (buying a shower curtain with each new bathroom) that it’s not necessary. How to clean a shower head is, ironically, likely the more pressing skill to learn, and probably the one fewer people are familiar with.

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Consider how old your shower head is. Has it been in the house since it was built? Has it ever been replaced? How many different people have used it? Showering doesn’t require touching the shower head, so it’s certainly not as gross as never cleaning the shower floor, but the shower head can still get clogged with build-up from years of water running through it, get mildewed, and even develop some nasty bacteria inhabitants. (A 2018 study found that several strains of bacteria can thrive in shower heads and even, very occasionally, lead to certain infections.)

Anyone living in a region with hard water—water with a high proportion of minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, in it—may be forced to clean shower heads frequently to prevent them from getting clogged, but anyone not dealing with that problem may have never cleaned a shower head. Ever. And it might be time to change that. (Did we mention the bacteria that could be living in there?)

How to clean a shower head

Follow these tips from the Molly Maid team to clean your shower head ASAP, and your next shower may feel like your cleanest ever.

  1. Fill a plastic bag partway with white vinegar. Be careful not to overfill the bag, as it could overflow when you submerge the shower head.
  2. Place the bag over the shower head until the entire fixture is immersed in the vinegar. If you need to adjust the vinegar level, do so now.
  3. 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.
  4. Let the shower head soak for several hours. For an especially dirty fixture, leave it overnight. If you have a brass, gold, or nickel-coated shower head, remove it from the vinegar after 30 minutes, as any longer than this could damage the finish.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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If your shower looks ugly and the holes are clogged, I will show you a DIY Tip on how to clean showerhead holes without running out to buy a new one.

The process of cleaning showerhead holes is simple. You need to submerge the showerhead in a solution of vinegar and baking powder for a few hours then scrub it with a brash and finally rinse with running water. I will show you how to do it step-by-step.

I also had a clogged shower head that looked ugly because of black discoloration. In addition, because the showerhead holes got blocked by accumulated lime-scale, the water pressure was low. Another headache was after-drip on the showerhead because some water remained trapped in the showerhead after finishing using it.

Keep this in mind, calcium and limescale are the main culprits for discolored and blocked showerheads. Therefore, when you deal with these two minerals using the steps below, your shower head will be left looking sparkling clean and with powerful pressure.

How to clean showerhead holes using vinegar and baking soda


1. If your shower head is detachable detach it
2. Mix two cups of vinegar with 4 tablespoons of baking soda inside a jag
3. Submerge shower head inside the solution
4. Leave it for some few hours or overnight
5. Scrub with an old toothbrush
6. Using a pin unblock all the holes one by one
7. Rinse the shower head and fix it back
8. Let water run for about 2 minutes

Mixing vinegar and with baking soda causes a chemical reaction that leads to the formation of carbonic acid.

Cleaning the showerhead without removing it

  1. Pour vinegar into a sandwich bag
  2. Submerge the shower head inside the sandwich bag
  3. Hold it in place with an elastic band
  4. Leave it for some few hours or overnight

If the lime-scale and calcium buildup prove to be stubborn, you can leave the showerhead submerged longer or overnight. You can also mix vinegar with baking soda. Pour the solution in spray bottle and spray on the showerhead holes while scrubbing with an old toothbrush.


Remember, you should not handle baking soda with your bare hands because it is acidic. You should use hand-gloves. When descaling, the showerhead keep the windows of your bathroom open to let the strong stench of vinegar escape.

The reason why this method works so well is vinegar is acidic, and it infiltrates the calcium and lime-scale breaking them down into pieces to unclog the showerhead holes.

After cleaning the showerhead, it will look sparkling clean, and the after drip will stop. And you will surely feel a difference in water pressure. You won’t believe how well it will work.

To prevent mineral deposits from accumulating, you should make a point cleaning the shower head every time you wash your bathroom. You can use vinegar to clean all your home faucets and other water faucets.

Should I clean a shower head with bleach?

According to research, using a bleaching agent such as those found in homes are not effective in cleaning the shower. Because most types of bleaches used in our homes use chlorine as a disinfectant, bacteria commonly found on shower heads are resistant to chlorine bleach.

In fact, an experiment conducted where one shower head was cleaned using bleach and then left for few months showed that the level of bacteria increased by a whopping 300%.

How to clean a shower hose

If you just clean the showerhead and live flexible hose unlearned, the calcium and lime-scale that has built-up inside the pipe will end up creating a blockade. So it is also essential to clean the hose. It is more challenging to clean hose that the showerhead.

  • Detach the shower hose
  • Use a pin to dredge the holes to remove the mineral that has accumulated
  • Soak the hose in vinegar and baking soda solution
  • Leave it there overnight
  • Rinse properly with running water

Cleaning shower head using CLR

CLR which stands for Calcium, Lime and Rust remover is chemical that can remove minerals that have built up. CLR is excellent in eliminating calcium and lime-scale so that you can soak the showerhead in CLR, and all the minerals will be removed.

It takes five minutes to for CLR to remove all the minerals. If your water has a lot of minerals and you don’t mind spending a few dollars, I recommend you get Calcium, Lime and rust remover. You can be sure that your shower head will be looking spotlessly clean.

Once you buy CLR, you can be using it to clean other appliances like coffee makers. You pour the CLR into a plastic bag and hold it on the showerhead using an elastic band if you don’t want to remove the showerhead.


The option available when you want to clean your shower head is to use vinegar mixed with baking soda. If you don’t want to detach your shower head, you can use a sandwich bag and hold the bag using an elastic band.

You should not use home bleaches to clean shower heads because research has shown bacteria found in showerheads are resistant to bleaches. Calcium Lime and Rust (CRL) is an alternative to vinegar and can be used for the job of cleaning showerheads.

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It’s not just neat-freaks who need to know how to clean a shower head: everyone should make a point to do this at least once a season for the sake of their health and their plumbing.

How to Clean a Shower Head

Although a nice, long shower is a great place to relax or even come up with some of your most creative ideas, if you haven’t cleaned your shower head lately, you are not getting nearly as clean as you think.

But there’s more to it than that.

One-third of shower heads tested by researchers were found to contain a bacteria associated with pulmonary disease. Dirty shower heads are also related to the spread of Legionnaires disease.

Fortunately, cleaning your shower head isn’t tricky. The payoff — besides a healthier bathing environment — is a better, stronger spray of water! Here’s how to clean yours.

Start with a Deep Cleaning

If it’s been a while since you last cleaned your shower head, or if you’ve never cleaned it at all, start with a deep cleaning.

NOTE: If your showerhead is made of nickel, omit the vinegar.

  1. Combine 3 cups of very hot water and 1 cup of white vinegar in a large bowl.
  2. Remove your showerhead (usually by unscrewing) and shake out any excess water.
  3. Put the showerhead in the vinegar water and let it sit for 30 minutes.
  4. Use an old toothbrush or bottle brush to scrub the showerhead inside and out. Swirl to dislodge additional gunk and allow it to sit an extra 5-10 minutes.
  5. Give it one more scrub, drain the water, and rinse it thoroughly.
  6. Let the showerhead fully air dry. Now is an excellent time to use the brush on the shower pipe’s threads to remove any buildup there, too. You may want to wrap Teflon plumber’s tape around the tube a few times to ensure a tight seal. Reattach the showerhead when it is completely dry.

Monthly Maintenance Cleaning

Once you’ve deep-cleaned your showerhead, you don’t need to remove it again unless you see significant buildup.

Just spray it monthly with a vinegar-based cleaning solution (like this daily shower spray) and scrub the spray nozzles to dislodge residue and bio-film. Run the shower to rinse the spray head, and you’re done.

NOTE: If your showerhead is made of nickel, clean it monthly with hot, soapy water and an old toothbrush. Using vinegar may cause discoloration.

Using Vinegar and a Bag on Your Shower Head

If your showerhead does acquire stubborn buildup between deep cleanings, you can soak it in place to loosen the gunk before scrubbing.

  1. Combine equal parts of white vinegar and hot water in a plastic bag. (For nickel showerheads, use plain water with a squirt of dish soap.)
  2. Attach the bag to your showerhead with a rubber band.
  3. Let that sit in place an hour, or even overnight, and scrub it with a brush to get it clean again.

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How to clean limescale from shower heads

Don’t forget the shower head!

When you’re cleaning your bathroom, be honest, do you clean your shower head? Thought not. Shower heads so often get over-looked; not only are they high up, but you’d be forgiven for thinking they’re clean because their only job is to clean you!

But, if you’ve got limescale in other areas of your bathroom, it’s no surprise that the shower head is going to be blocked with limescale, too – after all, it’s where all the water comes out of! Take a look at your shower head and you’ll probably see that it’s covered in limescale; the small holes might even be completely blocked, depending on how hard the water in your area is.

The dirty work

So, how do you get rid of all that dirt? Easy peasy. Use Viakal Limescale Remover Spray directly on the shower head and, if it’s a particularly stubborn stain, leave it for up to five minutes. After that, arm yourself with sponge and scrub it gently. You’ll see that the limescale will dissolve and your shower head should no longer be blocked! Using Viakal regularly will mean that you can keep on top of limescale build-up and prevent it from becoming an issue again.

You might also find that limescale has become a bit of an issue on your taps, too. Luckily, Viakal works just as well on taps meaning they can sparkle as much as your shower head! Use Viakal in the same way on your taps – simply spray and wipe that limescale away.

Slay that persistent soap scum

While we’re in the shower, let’s have a quick scan for soap scum. You might find some around the edges of the bath, the taps or the shower. There’s a great trick to getting rid of soap scum. Yes, you guessed it! Viakal will get rid of those marks, too.

Once you’ve had a shower in your newly cleaned bathroom under your limescale-free shower head, you’ll feel cleaner than ever before!