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Modern Fixes: How to clean a shower head
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Modern Fixes: How to clean a shower head

Posted by Adam Chard in DIY Advice | 4 months ago 3 min read

Cleaning and keeping your shower head free from dirt and limescale is important as it will help maintain the performance of your shower. In this expert guide, we’ll show you how to clean your shower head, complete with handy video.

Limescale affects the majority of homes in the UK and a build-up can affect the flow rate of showers, leading to a poor experience. Giving your shower some quick and easy TLC can help improve this.

As part of our series of “Modern Fixes” for your bathroom, you’ll discover just how simple it is.


Things you’ll need:

  • Clean cloth
  • Fresh water
  • Old toothbrush
  • White vinegar (not malt vinegar)
  • Ziplock or sandwich plastic bag

How to clean your shower head step-by-step video



Here’s how to clean a shower head

  1. Take your shower head and place it inside the ziplock or sandwich plastic bag. (If you don't have a ziplock bag, use a rubber band to close)

  2. Add the white vinegar (not malt vinegar)—enough to cover most of the showerhead.

  3. Close the plastic bag and leave it to soak for up to an hour.

  4. Remove the shower head from the bag and rinse in fresh water.

  5. Use the toothbrush to scrub away any limescale deposits.

  6. Wipe down with a clean cloth.

Congratulations, you have now cleaned your shower head.


Step-by-step images

  1. Placing your shower head inside the sandwich bag.

Shower head inside bag

  1. Adding bag with vinegar.

Add white vinegar

  1. Leaving the shower head to soak, covering all holes.

Leave your shower head to soak

  1. Rinsing and cleaning the shower head in fresh water.

Rinsing your shower head

  1. Scrubbing limescale with the toothbrush.

Scrubbing limescale

  1. Wiping down with a cloth.

Wiping down with a cloth


Frequently asked questions about cleaning your showerhead

What is the best way to clean a showerhead?

Soaking shower heads in a solution of white vinegar and rinsing with water, as detailed above, is the best way to clean your showerhead and get rid of limescale and mineral deposits.

How long should you soak your showerhead in vinegar?

We would advise you to fill a plastic bag with vinegar and leave showerheads to soak for up to an hour, covering all holes. This allows it to dissolve limescale sufficiently.

How do you clean a shower head without vinegar?

Of course, if you don’t have any vinegar in your cupboard, an alternative method to clean shower heads would be to use a household cleaner, which contains similar ingredients. Simply spray on, leave to soak, and then rinse with water. You can easily clean other parts of your shower, including the shower hose, using this method.


Quick fixes for your bathroom

With Victoria Plum, it’s quick and easy to clean and fix all those little snag points in your bathroom. From a rattling toilet seat to a grubby shower screen, you’ll find plenty of advice and “how to” guides by visiting our Switches and Fixes hub. Alternatively, simply click on any of the topics below to discover step-by-step DIY and cleaning guides with handy videos.

Author, Adam Chard

Posted by Adam Chard in DIY Advice | 4 months ago

A born & raised West Countryman, now living on the Yorkshire Coast, for over 7 years Adam has been bringing home interior ideas to life at Victoria Plum. Adam’s favourite interior styles have been shaped by both urban and natural influences.

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