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How to Clean a Clogged Showerhead

By: Joe Truini
Using vinegar in a plastic bag to clean a clogged showerhead.

Using vinegar to clean a clogged showerhead.

Showerhead spray nozzles can become clogged over time with mineral deposits found in tap water.

To clean a showerhead so it sprays uniformly:

  1. Place a plastic bag filled with white distilled vinegar over the showerhead.
  2. Attach a twist tie around the showerhead arm to hold the bag in place.
  3. Allow the showerhead to soak in the vinegar for one to two days.
  4. Remove the bag and turn the showerhead on full force.
  5. If the nozzles are still clogged, repeat the soaking process until clear.

Watch this video to find out more.

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Joe Truini: If your shower is not spraying as forcefully as it used to, it’s probably because it’s clogged up with hard water deposits—this is very common. Not all the holes will be clogged, but little by little they become clogged, and you won’t be getting much water out. Here’s the fix.

Rather than removing it and replacing it, try this first. Get a plastic, wrap it around the showerhead, and then pour in about a cup or so of white distilled vinegar. The idea is we’re going to soak the showerhead in the vinegar, which acts as an acid—a very mild acid, but a pretty effective acid.

So you want to hold it up there, and we’re going to hold it— the bag—in place with just a twist tie. You could probably duct tape it, but the twist tie works just as well. We’re going to twist that around there so it hold nice and tight.

And again, it’s important that the showerhead—just like that—is soaking in the vinegar. And leave that at least a day—maybe even two full days—take it down and run the water full blast. And you’ll see it’ll start coming out a lot cleaner.

You may have to repeat this once or twice, maybe even three times, but it’ll save you the cost of replacing the showerhead.



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