Is your shower head not performing like it used to? Over time mineral deposits can build up which can cause the nozzles to squirt water in all directions or clog up completely, leaving you with poor water pressure or low flow.
Here are our top tips to help get your shower head back to peak performance.
#1 Rub the Nozzles
Many shower heads have flexible rubber nozzles. ( This is where the water comes out from)You can dislodge mineral buildup in these nozzles by simply massaging each nozzle with your finger. You can also try gently scrubbing the nozzles with a toothbrush or poking them with a pin.
#2 Soak the Shower Head in Vinegar
There are a couple of ways to do this:
- If you prefer to leave the shower head attached to the pipe coming out of the wall, you can fill a plastic bag with vinegar and wrap it around the shower head.
- Secure the bag around the head with a rubber band, tape, or a twist tie.
- Leave the bag around the shower head for a few hours.
- Remove the bag and turn on the water for a few minutes to clear the vinegar out of the shower head.
- If you don’t mind removing the head from the shower pipe, you can submerge the shower head in a container full of white vinegar.
- Let the shower head soak in the vinegar for a few hours.
- Re-attach the shower head to the shower pipe and run water through the head for a few minutes to clear out the vinegar.
- If you live in an area with salty/borehole water, remove the heating element and soak it separately.
#3 Use Lemon Juice
Lemon juice could also be used in place of vinegar. Open your showerhead and carefully remove the Heating Element.
Rub the lemon juice on to the element to dissolve the mineral build up. Rinse thoroughly.
Return it once it’s dry.
Important Note! Harsh cleaning chemicals may damage your shower head and the heating element hence are not recommended for cleaning.