Do you need to clean your shower? Even though it may seem like one of those areas that are self-cleaning, you do — especially your shower head. Limescale buildup can easily gunk up it up. The result? Lower water pressure and an inconsistent stream. But before you go replacing yours, try this hack to unclog a shower head instead. The best part is, you only need one ingredient.
Unclog a Shower Head With Vinegar
While you might not think about cleaning your shower head since it really only comes into contact with water, doing so can improve its function and make it sparkle. Giving your shower head a vinegar treatment can reduce limescale buildup that comes from hard water running through your plumbing. Deposits of calcium and other minerals create the buildup and can impair the functioning of your shower head.
Vinegar works on limescale because it is acidic. Specifically, it’s high in acetic acid, which breaks down mineral buildup to unclog those jets and restore a powerful stream. To do this hack, all you’ll need is some regular distilled white vinegar, a gallon-sized plastic bag, and an old toothbrush.
First remove the shower head by unscrewing it from the pipe, then place it in the plastic bag. Pour enough vinegar to cover the entire shower head, then tie the top of the bag so that it’s secure. Rest it down in a large sink or a bucket, and let it soak in the vinegar for at least an hour. For really stubborn limescale, you can let it sit overnight. You’ll start to see it bubble shortly after submerging the shower head in the vinegar — that means it’s working!
After it’s done soaking, use an old toothbrush to scrub the nozzles to remove any remaining grime. If there’s still gunk that’s stuck in there, use a toothpick to get it out. Finally, screw the shower head back in, and you’re done! For a visual reference, check out the video tutorial below.
We love hacks like this that help us restore our appliances so they work like new. Make sure to clean your shower head regularly, and you’ll save so much in the long run!