If you’re a homeowner, you already have enough things on your plate. There are crumbs in the corner that need to be picked up, cobwebs in the ceiling fan, pet hair on the couch, and a yard that needs to be mowed before it rains.
It’s not uncommon for the shower head to be overlooked during spring cleaning, despite the bathroom’s reputation as one of the dirtiest places in the house (or summer, or fall). One of those items that get cleaned when it breaks.
However, the cleaning service RocketMaids recommends making the cleaning of your shower head a regular seasonal task.
If you can’t get to it every four months, you have approximately a two-month window before you should really go in there and remove the filth and hard water buildup. Apartment Therapy warns that after six months, you may start having plumbing problems.
The one caveat is that you shouldn’t use bleach if and when you finally get around to doing what you’ve been putting off.
Scientists determined that using bleach to clean your shower head may as much as triple the quantity of bacteria present, writes the Shower Head Store.
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The benefits of a clean shower head are numerous.
You should clean your showerhead every few weeks or so for a few different reasons. A shower head covered in limescale and grime is unsightly and should be cleaned regularly.
Not only is the buildup on showerheads and within them unsightly, but it may also be harmful to your health. Mildew and germs thrive in showerheads, making them a potential source of infection if splashed into the skin or inhaled.
Furthermore, the accumulation of mineral deposits on your shower head over time can cause a foul residue to be left on your body after showering, dulling the appearance of your skin and hair and preventing you from feeling truly clean. The water pressure in your shower may drop as a result of mineral deposits accumulating on your shower head.
There are a number of good reasons to give your shower head a good cleaning now and again, including minimizing your exposure to potentially infectious germs that can thrive in your shower head and increasing your water pressure.
A Guide to Cleaning Your Shower Head
Although cleaning your shower head may seem like a daunting task, it is actually one of the easiest household items to neglect. Actually, sprucing up your shower head is a breeze.
There is no need to take apart or use any special equipment to clean a shower head. White vinegar is the first thing you’ll want to put into a sealed plastic bag.
Raise the vinegar-filled bag above your showerhead until the attachment is fully submerged. To keep the bag in place on top of the showerhead, you can use twist ties or duct tape.
Secure the bag of vinegar around the showerhead and let it soak for at least a few hours, preferably overnight. With caution, take off the plastic bag that was covering your shower head and discard the vinegar.
Finally, give your shower head a good minute or two under hot water to flush out any lingering mineral deposits or bacterial leftovers. All there is to it is that. Just relax in the ext shower with the newly cleaned shower head.
The following is a guide on how to clean a shower head.
In terms of shower head cleaning techniques, this one is among the simplest. To avoid getting spit the next time you’re in the shower, simply look up. If you look at the shower head and notice that some of the holes are blocked, you should clean it.
Not to worry. We’re all susceptible to this experience. The fact that many people fail to regularly clean their shower heads is hardly unexpected. That is until it turns into a strong water pistol and squirts them directly in the eye.
So, the next time, get a plastic bag from your pantry as soon as you get out of the shower (so you don’t forget). A storage or freezer bag ought should do the trick.
Then, pour some white vinegar into the bag until it’s about half full. The bag must not be allowed to burst!
As soon as you have enough vinegar to fill the bag, you may wrap it around the shower head and secure it with a rubber band.
Put the sack somewhere quiet for an hour. Come back later, and I’ll help you take the bag outside.
The next step is to activate the water supply and let it run to remove the vinegar from the showerhead. You may finish off by polishing the showerhead, making it look brand new. Simply said, that is the whole deal.
Some shower heads come with a detachable arm that allows you to take it apart and give it a thorough cleaning. Really, you need to unhook it at the arm.
If not, consult the user guide for instructions on how to safely disconnect it. In addition, a wrench, not pliers, should be used to take off the shower head. For fear of scratching the shower head’s finish, you should avoid doing so.
Once you’ve removed the shower head, you should run it under water to flush out any gunk.
After that, use a toothbrush to thoroughly clean the shower head. Using a solution of water and vinegar to scrub the shower head is an excellent option since it helps to release the debris that has built up inside.
Following this, you can use a toothpick or a safety pin to clean the showerhead’s nooks and crannies thoroughly.
Then, leave the shower head’s components in a bowl of vinegar overnight. Vinegar can be used to dissolve obstructions and release the debris.
After this, reassemble the shower head, give it one more rinse, and switch on the shower to check your work.
Thirdly, if it can clean the oven, it should be able to clean the shower.
One of my earliest kitchen-related memories involves the use of oven cleaning. It was for cleaning my oven, but it was rather harsh. It had a strong odor and was rough on my hands, but it did clean my oven.
To be honest, I wasn’t that shocked to find that oven cleaner could also clean my shower head. Before we get started, though, I want to go over some basic safety measures.
To start, always use gloves. Because of its strength, an oven cleaner can be quite irritating to the skin. Next, if you can, cover your face. It has a strong aroma that, if inhaled at the wrong time, can be overwhelming. In this case, I’m speaking from personal experience.
And finally, remember not to overuse the oven cleaner. The shower head’s finish should not be compromised in any way.
Now that we’ve settled that, go get some rubber gloves and a mop to clean out the oven. Keep the shower head installed once you’ve mastered it. Simply spray the shower head with the oven cleaner.
The next step is to wait around for twenty minutes. After your allotted shower time is complete, make sure to give your shower head a good cleaning. Activate the shower head and ensure it is operating as a clean one would.
If you’re expecting to ease yourself out of bed with a quick shower in the morning, you can now do a little dance of joy since your shower won’t be shooting you in the eye.
You should know by now that I’m speaking from personal experience.
Four. Using Baking Soda While Bathing
Everyone should know by now that baking soda makes a great cleaning agent. Natural, abrasive, and inexpensive, it is a favorite among consumers. I think that’s why I enjoy it so much.
So it wasn’t a major shock when I learned I could use baking soda to clean my shower head. Initially, you’ll combine baking soda and water. The result should be a smooth paste.
Now, if the consistency changes to become too liquid, just add a little more baking soda. Add more water if it’s still powdery after mixing.
The next step is to spread the material over the showerhead. In order to ensure a complete coating, simply rub it all over the shower head (particularly the nozzles).
The paste is let settle for 20 to 30 minutes. When the allotted time is up, give the shower head a good cleaning. Again, after cleaning, you should test the shower head to make sure it sprays properly.
Once you’re done, your shower head should be sparkling on the inside and clean, allowing for a more consistent flow of water the next time you use it.
Have a Coke while you scrub down in the bathroom
Even though I was aware that this was a potential cleaning method, the very thought of it gave me the chills. I used to be a huge Coca-Cola fan when I was a little girl.
It’s true that I’ve considered visiting McDonald’s solely to get a soft drink. I had no interest in eating it. To me, nothing beat a Coca-Cola from the fountain.
Then one day I was at a friend’s house. A member of her family was a cop, and he caught me with a Coke in my hand. “You know, you really should quit drinking that stuff,” he said. So I questioned “why,” as it were.
He went on to tell me how he’d used it to wipe up blood on the highway after serious car crashes. At that moment, I asked myself, “Do I really want to be consuming something that can remove blood off a highway?” Just what was it doing to my body, anyway?
Since then, I haven’t consumed nearly as many Cokes. Nonetheless, I have heard that it works miracles when it comes to general house cleaning as well.
It makes perfect sense that this would be an effective method for washing out a shower head. Using Coca-Cola to clean your shower head is a straightforward option. The shower head can be easily detached from the tiled wall.
You then fill a bowl with Coca-Cola. The shower head is submerged in the container. To check if any grime or debris is coming off the shower head, give it a good rub.
If it isn’t, you may need to re-wet the shower head. It’s important to give the showerhead a good scrub after you’ve finished cleaning it.
After that, give the showerhead a good rinse to check that it is working as expected. You shouldn’t leave the shower head dripping with sugary soft drinks either.
You’ll finish by wiping down the shower head and giving it a good polish. Put it back on the wall of your shower and see if it still works as expected. That’s all there is to it when it comes to using a normal soft drink to clean your shower head.