Taking a shower might be the most peaceful part of your day, it is for me. If you are like most busy women, it’s sometimes the only time you are by yourself and no one is asking you for anything. If your shower head is dirty, it can interfere with your enjoyment of this personal time.
A clogged and dirty shower head can greatly reduce the amount of water that makes it through the small openings making the water pressure feel much softer. Luckily, it’s easy enough to remedy that problem and get back to long, luxurious showers with great water pressure.
Removing the Shower Head
Before you get started, you should know that this job is a little bit home improvement and a little bit cleaning. You need a few tools to get the work done. Don’t be intimidated, taking off the shower head is an easy task.
Wrench or pliers
Be sure that the water is turned off completely or you might get wet when you remove the shower head.
There are tons of cleaners on the market that promise to remove lime scale, calcium, rust, hard water and other deposits from faucets and showers. Many deliver on their claims to clean these items, but there are things to consider.
The cleaning product that you use is up to you, and a more natural approach will take a little longer, but is just as effective as harsh cleaners and won’t have a toxic effect on you or the groundwater.
Once you’ve removed the showerhead, you will probably be surprised by how gross it actually looks. When you are showering, you don’t really see all the buildup on the piece because of the water coming out. A close up look shows the real story.
Here’s the natural way to get it nice and clean:
– Fill a pot with enough white vinegar to allow the shower head to float and not touch the bottom of the pan.
– Warm the vinegar slightly on the stove top.
– You can skip the warming if you’d like, it will just need to soak a little longer to remove the mineral build up.
– Immerse the shower head in the warm vinegar and allow it to soak until you see that the mineral deposits have dissipated.
– Rinse the shower head under running water, brushing any spots that may have been left behind with an old toothbrush.
– The shower head should be nice and clean within an hour or two and be ready to reinstall.
– Don’t forget to clean the mesh filter before you re-assemble the showerhead.
You should clean your showerhead as often as necessary, but definitely do a thorough cleaning once a year or so depending on how hard your water is.
In between full cleanings, you can fill a Ziploc bag with vinegar and attach it to the shower head without removing it. This will help keep the shower head clean and free of deposits.