Do you have that random stream of water that shoots out of your shower head at a 90 degree angle, hitting you directly in the eye regardless of how hard you try to avoid it? It has happened to all of us and, odds are, it can be fixed with a quick and easy cleaning. Here’s how:
- While the water is off, remove the shower head. Most shower heads can be removed by simply unscrewing them from the pipe which goes into the wall. (Remember, lefty loosey.) * See note below if you are having trouble removing your shower head.
- To be thorough, remove the cover on the shower cap if there is one; however, this step is not necessary.
- Place the shower head into a bowl just larger than the head itself.
- Fill the bowl with white vinegar, pouring the vinegar over the shower head as you do so.
- Let soak for 15 minutes.
- Scrub the shower head, inside and out, with a tooth brush or other small cleaning brush. Be careful not to use a stiff bristled brush which may damage the shower head.
- If you are not able to easily remove visible lime or hard water stains, let the shower head soak for a while longer and try again.
- Rinse, replace and enjoy!
I love the first shower I take after cleaning my shower heads. I feel extra squeaky clean.
* Be careful to not use excessive force when removing your shower heads as you may cause serious plumbing damage. Some shower heads do have small screws holding them in place which will need to be removed before unscrewing the head. If you cannot find screws holding the shower head in place and a little tough love doesn’t get the shower head off, look for lime build up, hard water stains, or rust. If you see lime build up or hard water stains, try applying a lime remover like CLR to loosen the head. If rust is present, apply WD-40 or a rust penetrating oil to help loosen the head.