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Homemade Cleaner For Cleaning Shower Heads

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)



Jenny, try putting the shower head in full strength vinegar and letting it soak for quite awhile (over night is good :) ). You can either put the shower head in a bowl or put the vinegar in a plastic bag and "fasten" it around the shower head if it's not removable. Hope this helps. (01/02/2005)

By Luvyabye

Cool Whip Container

I take the shower head down and place it in an old large Cool Whip container. I place the shower head in the container. Fill with vinegar. Let it sit in the vinegar over night. Then in the morning, it should be clean and free of hard water buildup. If some build up remains after the all night soak, use an old tooth brush to bush it away. Put shower head back up and you are in business once again.


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


I've always boiled vinegar and then sit the showerhead right in the pan with the vinegar. About 15 or 20 minutes. (01/02/2005)

By jodigirl25


Coffee machine cleaner and steam iron cleaner work fine. However, keep in mind that a bottle of that stuff is often more expensive than a new shower head at the Home Depot or Walmart.

For a temporary improvement to tide you over till you get to town, you can use vinegar.

By DearWebby (01/02/2005)


Take a sandwich bag, fill part way with vinegar and put it around the showerhead, secure with a rubber band. leave for a couple of hours and it should remove it. (01/03/2005)

By moanagroana

White Vinegar

You can use white vinegar, put into a zip lock bag on the head of your shower. Let it stay several hours before using the shower head. The vinegar will unclog the mineral deposits. Also great for cleaning your steam iron. (01/03/2005)



The best cleaner for any kind of faucet is plain vinegar. If you can take off the head untwist it and place in a bowl of vinegar for about five minutes. Use a toothpick to clean out each spray hole and let stand in vinegar again for one or two minutes. If the head won't twist off fill a zip loc bag half full of vinegar and place bag over spray nozzle I just hold it for a few minutes or you can zip it as closed as you can and let it stay for a few minutes. It is also good to take off your faucet heads on your sinks and soak them in vinegar for a minute or two. (01/04/2005)


By Walker

Vinegar and Baking Soda

A faster solution is the most fun. Vinegar and soda fizzles. Place as state above, with the bag I also bring in a clothes pin to clip the bag tighter. I also dump approximately a tablespoon of soda in the bag first. Add vinegar, at the least amount possible to fizzle the scum right on out of your shower head. Some really clogged heads may take a few hours and several fizzle baths to do the job right.l

By shelaka

Baking Soda and Vinegar Worked

Thanks for the tip! I used the vinegar solution and added the baking soda to make it fizz and it truly worked! (06/30/2006)


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