The Inspector

By NPI, Inc.



How to Easily Clean Your Showerhead

 February 28, 2022 |  Home Maintenance, Safety, Cleaning Tips, DIY |  bathroom, mold, plumbing

There are lots of little things that can get overlooked when you clean your home. One item you may not have touched in a while is your showerhead. Here’s how you can clean your showerheads this weekend in just a few minutes.

Importance of a Clean Showerhead
There are a few good reasons that you should regularly clean your showerhead. Cleaning will help keep your showerhead working for longer. Over time, showerheads can succumb to mineral buildup, especially if you have hard water. This not only looks unpleasant, but can limit the effectiveness of the head. Mold and grime can also start to collect inside the head and on the nozzles, which can be harmful to your health.

When You Should Replace Your Showerhead
You may find that even a deep cleaning won’t fix your dirty showerhead. In this case, it’s best to just go ahead and buy a new one. You should be replacing your showerhead every seven months anyway, but not everyone remembers to. It can also be time to replace if the nozzles get damaged and the water is plugged.

Scrub the Nozzles
First, you’ll want to scrape off whatever gunk has accumulated on the nozzles. This can be done by taking a toothbrush and scrubbing around the surface of the showerhead. If you have rubber nozzles, be a little gentler so you don’t damage them. You may also be able to knock some of the grime free just by using your finger.

Create a Cleaning Solution
Next comes making your cleaner to break up any leftover residue. For this step, you’ll need a plastic bag, zip ties, baking soda, vinegar, and a wrench or pliers. Carefully remove the showerhead and set it aside. Then take your plastic bag and mix ½ cup of baking soda and add in vinegar until it’s fully mixed together. Then add one cup of water to dilute it. Fully submerge the showerhead for up to four hours. You can do this same process even if you decide to leave the showerhead attached.

Clean the Filter
If you’ve removed the showerhead, be sure to clean the water filter as well. Don’t worry if you’re unsure about where the filter is on your specific shower–you may be able to find it with a simple web search. Typically, the screen sits between where the showerhead and the water pipe connect. You can remove the filter with a pair of tweezers. Then, run it under warm water for a few minutes and use a toothbrush to remove any other debris.

Finishing Touches
After you’ve let the showerhead soak completely, it’s time to reassemble everything. Once you get it screwed back on, wipe the showerhead with a microfiber cloth to clean off any remaining cleaner. Then run hot water through the shower for a few minutes to finish flushing it out. To help cut down on having to deep clean your showerhead, keep a bottle of diluted vinegar handy.


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