How to clean a shower head using vinegar

If you live in a hard water area, limescale (calcium deposits) are likely to build up on your shower head but there's no need to reach for harmful chemical cleaners. Here's how to clean a shower head using vinegar.

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How to clean a removable shower head

You will need:

  • Jug or container slightly bigger than the shower head (or any container big enough to hold the shower head)
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Old toothbrush
  1. Remove the shower head and place it in the jug.
  2. Pour in enough vinegar to cover the head.
  3. Leave to soak for at least 30 minutes. (Shower heads made of brass, or with a gold or nickel coating should be left no longer than 30 minutes.) If it's particularly dirty or has a lot of mineral build up, you may need to leave it longer or even overnight.
  4. Rinse the shower head and scrub off any stubborn deposits using the old toothbrush.
  5. Put the shower head back and turn on the shower head to remove any limescale remaining inside the shower head.

How to clean a non-removable shower head

You will need:

  • Plastic bag large enough to fit over your shower head
  • Piece of string or elastic band
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Old rag or cloth
  • Old toothbrush
  1. Soak the rag in vinegar.
  2. Wrap the rag around the shower head and secure it using the string or elastic band.
  3. Leave to soak for at least 30 minutes. (Shower heads made of brass, or with a gold or nickel coating should be left no longer than 30 minutes.) If it's particularly dirty or has a lot of mineral build up, you may need to leave it longer or even overnight.
  4. Remove the cloth and scrub off any stubborn deposits using the old toothbrush.
  5. Turn on the shower head to remove any limescale remaining inside the shower head.

Where to buy household cleaning vinegar

Support your local hardware shop as they often sell vinegar and other traditional cleaning products. Otherwise you can buy it online from:

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