You may need a shower head cleaning if you are seeing your shower head as discolored or having water flow issues. Using harsh chemicals can damage fixtures and if used improperly, can be harmful to humans and pets. When deciding on a substitute, think about vinegar.
A safe and effective cleaner, vinegar is safe for you and your family, and when used properly can be a powerful tool in your shower head cleaning arsenal. An additional benefit, vinegar is very inexpensive when compared to those harsh household cleaners. You can buy vinegar by the gallon at the local store for a fraction of the price of chemical cleaners.
NOTE: The type of finish on your shower head and connections will determine if vinegar can be used for shower head cleaning. Please know which materials you have before using vinegar to clean them. Test a small, inconspicuous area with a cotton swab and let sit for 30 minutes before using on larger areas. You can find out more info on vinegar cleaning products here: Vinegar Cleaning Products
Cleaning a Shower Head
After confirming your shower fixtures can withstand the vinegar shower head cleaning, it’s time to get started. Here are a few things you may want to use:
• Distilled white vinegar
• Bucket or other solid base container
• Cleaning rags
• Old toothbrush
• Pliers or wrench
When removing the shower head, place a protective cover, like a rag, over the connected showers surface. Then use the wrench to turn the fixture and remove the shower head. Once removed, place the shower head into the bucket to catch any debris that falls off during the process. Use the vinegar and the toothbrush to remove mineral deposits. Rinse the fixture under running water until clean.
When clean, replace the shower head and test to ensure the connection is tight and there are no water leaks. Pro Tip: use plumbers tape when replacing the fixture to get a tight connection.
If undertaking any DIY project, conduct proper research prior to starting. If you have any questions, call Superior Plumbing & Drain at (702) 478-9643.