Best Way to Clean a Shower Head

Best Way to Clean a Shower Head

Sometimes the tiny holes in shower heads get clogged with mineral deposits, causing the water to flow at odd angles or to flow less freely. When this happens, it’s time to clean it.


Here’s the best way to clean a shower head:

  1. Unscrew the shower head to remove. (Sometimes this is impossible. In that case, just leave it and try one of the suggestions below.)
  2. Use an old toothbrush to brush away any loose deposits from the holes in the shower head.
  3. Place the shower head in white vinegar.
  4. Soak overnight.
  5. Remove from vinegar.
  6. Scrub the holes again, using the old toothbrush.
  7. Replace shower head.

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If you are unable to remove the shower head, try this:

The washcloth method:

  1. Soak a washcloth or cleaning cloth in white vinegar
  2. Wrap the cloth around the shower head
  3. Secure with rubber bands
  4. Leave overnight
  5. Scrub with toothbrush

The baggie method:

  1. Place white vinegar in a plastic baggie
  2. Secure to shower head with rubber bands
  3. Leave overnight
  4. Scrub holes with toothbrush

That’s all there is to it!

If you have any questions about cleaning a shower head or other comments, please respond below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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6 thoughts on “Best Way to Clean a Shower Head”

  1. Great post and I learned something new. I usually take my shower heads off and soak them in a 1/3 solution of Limeaway and 2/3 solution of water. You way is a lot cheaper and more sensible. I enjoyed your post and it can save people money.

    • Hi, Daniel. Thank you for responding to my post. I’m glad to see that you have had good results with Limeaway because I have not. It did not work for me when I tried it to remove lime deposits from a water fountain. Perhaps I did not leave it on long enough; liquids automatically go down the drain and I didn’t have a cloth handy to use for soaking the surface as in the washcloth method I mentioned. I try to avoid chemicals whenever possible, so I always grab microfiber first and use vinegar if I am desperate.

  2. Hi! Thanks for writing this post. Now I know what to do with my old toothbrushes, haha 🙂 My showerhead is definitely in need of a cleaning. Do you recommend any specific brand of white vinegar?

    Kind regards,

    • Old toothbrushes are great for so many things! Sometimes I think I should keep one in my back pocket. You never know what you might run into throughout the day. As far as vinegar, I usually just buy the generic. Have a great day! Theresa

  3. What a brilliant solution! ! My showerhead was in a really bad condition. I used your method and saved up the money of the new showerhead I was thinking of buying. My pocket, my showerhead and me are grateful 🙂

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