Minerals can build up on your shower head as the water passes through it. These mineral deposits can clog your shower head, so it is important to keep your shower head clean. This is a guide about cleaning shower heads.
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To clear a clogged shower head, boil it about 15 minutes in a mixture of 1/2 cup vinegar and 1 quart water.
By mamacrafter from TN
I keep a spray bottle of half vinegar, half water, and a spritz of dish detergent for everyday use. Once a week, I spray the showerhead with this vinegar mixture and it keeps the holes unclogged. When I started, about a third of the holes were stopped up and this mixture cleared them up and keeps them open. I haven't had a problem since I started doing this.
By Barbara from Jacksonville, FL
Get a baggy and fill with vinegar. Tie it around the shower head, leave on overnight. Wipe grime off in morning. It works well.
The cleaning gals used real lemon juice they squeezed on the show. Put the juice in a baggie, put the shower head in the baggie, zipped it up and left it at least 15-20 minutes (show time) then took it out, rinsed it off, polished it and reinstalled it. Looked good to me. Of course, they said, it could take a longer or shorter time depending on how blocked the shower head was. Just keep soaking it until it is clean.
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Here are questions related to Cleaning Shower Heads.
What's the best way to clean shower heads that you can't easily remove?
By Pam from Davie, FL
By Holly 12/08/2009
I used a sturdy plastic bag filled with vinegar and let it sit, tightly taped, on the spout. Took something like 8 hours, but it worked. The calcium and lime deposits came right off.
If you want to do this, possibly you'd be better off trying a half hour at first. In our case, it was a "fix it or trash it" situation, so I had nothing to loose by a very long soak.
I would like to find an all natural ingredient to clean the deposits from the shower head, any ideas? Thank you.
By Fazy from FL
Mix baking soda and water into a toothpaste-like consistancy use to scrub shower head. Safe enough to brush your teeth with but scrub enough and your showerhead will be shiny. :}
How do I clean a gold plated shower head that is clogged?
By Teresa Mcbeath02/09/2012
The above will work fine (the bag with vinegar) if you have just a slight clog but if you have a more severe clog (as I had and thought I was going to have to call a plumber and replace the whole system). Try the below method
unscrew the shower head, it really isn't hard to do. Set the head in a bowl of vinegar to remove the deposits.
Check all filters clean with old toothbrush use same brush to clean both the inside of the shower head and the shower pipe with either the vinegar or lime away- which works very good with deeply clogged shower heads as it breaks down the lime and calcium deposits . You may have to soak the shower head for a few hours or overnight (as I had to do), depending on how clogged they are. This will take time and a little effort but the results are awesome and so inexpensive. It saved me so much money with such little effort and time.
My shower head is on a flexible hose. How can I clean it? No, I can not remove the shower head.
By Earl W. 
By Rose Anne Hutchence 06/05/2015
You needn't remove the shower head, Earl. Find a bowl big enough for the shower head (preferably plastic, in case the bowl slips off the edge of the tub), put vinegar and baking soda in the bowl, detach the shower head and hose from the wall (as if you were about to use it) and simply place the head in the bowl. Leave to soak a few hours. Voila! Clean.
How to clean the shower head without taking it off?
By Barbara L.
I usually take a sandwich baggie with white vinegar and keep the head soaking in the bag overnight by using a rubberband. Seems to work just fine and takes away lime deposits too. Not to mention it's not toxic to pets or children.
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How do you clean shower heads? Is there anything I can make at home to unclog the holes in the shower head from lime deposits. The stuff you buy in the store is so strong, the odor bothers my asthma.
Jenny in KY (01/02/2005)
Put the lid on the Cool Whip container, and put it under the sink for the next time you need to clean the shower head. (01/02/2005)
By Linda in PA
For a temporary improvement to tide you over till you get to town, you can use vinegar.
By DearWebby (01/02/2005) http://webby.com/humor
I'm trying to remember how to clean a shower head. The spray is going all over due to build up. All I can remember is that you can soak the shower head in a bowl of something, but can't remember what. Thank you!
Sara from Twin Lake, MI
By Lorrie T
How do you clean a shower head?
Obert from BIRMINGHAM
If your showerhead is not running as fast as it used to, take a small plastic bag and half-fill with vinegar and attach it to your shower. Leave this on over night or longer and when it is removed, you should notice a lot more water pressure. I've used a rubber band to attach the bag.