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How to Clean a Showerhead 

It’s important to keep your bathroom clean for both aesthetic and hygiene reasons. One element you should pay special attention to is your shower head. We’ve partnered with online bathroom retailer Bathroom Planet to learn how to keep your showerhead clean.

The most effective way to avoid the build-up of organic matter and calcium in a showerhead is a regular cleaning schedule. I’d recommend cleaning your showerhead once per week or fortnightly at most to keep the water flowing effectively and avoid irregularities in the spray pattern from blocked holes in the head.

If you notice a drop in your water pressure this could be the culprit! 

I’ve got three methods of cleaning a showerhead that includes using white vinegar, baking soda, or even Coca-Cola! I’ve run through each method below. Hope it helps!

Use White Vinegar to Clean your Showerhead

Vinegar is an easy way to remove limescale from your showerhead. Simply fill a plastic bag with vinegar and use an elastic band to cover the head. Wait around 30 minutes and give it a scrub with a soft-bristled brush – hard brushes can damage the finish. Then wipe the head off and turn it on to remove any particles remaining.

If done regularly you can just use a spray bottle with a vinegar-based solution during your regular cleaning schedule. Another tip is to add a little lemon to lessen the overpowering vinegar smell. 

Use Baking Soda to Clean Your Showerhead

Baking soda is another way to keep your showerhead clean and functional. All you need for this method is baking soda and water. Create a paste with half a cup of baking soda and warm water. Slowly add the water as you’re looking for a thick toothpaste-like consistency. Wearing gloves, cover your showerhead with it and wait for 25 minutes. Once this time has passed, clean it off with water and a cloth then turn it on to remove any remaining paste. 

Clean your Showerhead with Coca-Cola

A more surprising solution is actually Coca-Cola. Pour a can into a plastic bag and attach it over the head with a rubber band just like the vinegar method. Leave it for around 20 minutes and rinse off. You’ll want to go over it with an all-purpose cleaner to remove any trace of the sugary soft drink after. Just like with the other solutions, turn on the shower once you are finished. 

How Not to Clear a Showerhead

Just as there are many ways you should clean your showerhead there are a few ways you should avoid to ensure a long life. 

Don’t Use Bleach

Using bleach can actually increase the bacteria in a showerhead. Avoid using this in favour of a non-toxic alternative listed above. It can also damage the head and cause pealing

Don’t Use Coarse Brushes

Never clean your showerhead with a coarse brush. This can damage the finish leaving scratches across the face. It is likely you will need to replace your showerhead if you do this.