No offense — but your shower head probably needs to be cleaned

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Cleaning a showerhead seems counterintuitive, doesn’t it? Doesn’t it get clean naturally when I take a shower? Sorry, but no. As the shower runs, minerals in the water begin to build up in the shower holes, eventually forming nests of mold and causing your shower to run less efficiently. So before you step in for your next flush, here’s how to clean a showerhead with just a few minutes of prep work.

Step one

Not all shower heads need a thorough cleaning. If you wipe your frequently with a microfiber cloth or an old toothbrush (once after every shower is ideal, but once a week will do), there may not be much buildup to remove. But if you can’t remember the last time you cleaned it, or didn’t even know it was something you have to do, it’s time to get dirty.

Grab a gallon-size Ziploc bag, white vinegar, baking soda, a rubber band or sturdy zip-tie, a soft cloth, and a toothbrush. Combining vinegar and baking soda isn’t just a fun science experiment; it’s the key to depth (and I mean deep) clean your shower head. The baking soda eliminates unpleasant, annoying odors and the volcano-like combination thoroughly removes moldy mineral deposits and disinfects the showerhead.

Let’s put this plan into action now! Carefully fill a plastic bag with 3 cups white vinegar and ¼ cup baking soda. Do this over the tub or sink if it overflows heavily (if you’ve stayed awake during science class, you know this is a real possibility). The bag should only be about two-thirds full. Next, submerge the shower head in the bag filled with the cleaning solution and secure the bag with a rubber band or zip tie. If you don’t have a brass or gold showerhead, let it sit for a few hours; otherwise keep special metals to 30 minutes or less. Longer can damage the surface.

step two

Once you’ve soaked the shower head, remove the bag and carefully pour the vinegar and baking soda mixture down the drain. Turn the shower on to its hottest setting and run the water for a minute or two to remove any remaining mineral buildup or cleaning solution.

step three

If your showerhead was very dirty to begin with, scrub the holes with an old toothbrush to clean them out. This will also help improve your water pressure and ensure you enjoy a steady stream of warm water every time you shower.

If you clean your showerhead carefully, this step may not be necessary. Instead, buff the shower head with a microfiber cloth, which also prevents annoying water stains from forming.


Do you really need to get into every nook and cranny of your shower head? You’ll have a much easier time unscrewing the showerhead, soaking it in the solution, and then scrubbing it with a toothbrush in a sink. Not only is this a much more convenient way to clean the shower head (no need to crane your neck!), but it’s also a safer method.

Enjoy your sparkling clean environment the next time you shower. i know i will–but-your-shower-head-probably-needs-to-be-cleaned_partner/ No offense — but your shower head probably needs to be cleaned

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