Showerheads, kettles, irons, and sinks can suffer from a build-up of limescale. Cleaning your shower head is simply a case of removing that limescale.
As limescale from hard water builds up it blocks the tiny holes that water jets from. You’ll be able to see it in your kettle as white build up on the walls, but you can barely see it in the showerhead as its clings to the internal parts.
You may find your shower doors are smeared and look white too – that’s our friend limescale!
It isn’t difficult to clean a showerhead. In fact, it’s so simple you’ll wish you’d done it before.
What You Need To Clean Your Shower Head
You’ll need to purchase a commercial descaler or a jar of white vinegar (don’t use brown as it’ll stain) and find an old toothbrush.
White vinegar is an amazing household cleaner. It may smell a bit but it cuts through grease on worktops, kills mould in the grouting, and destroys limescale without harming the environment. Coupled with baking soda it can unblock your sink and toilet too.
However, if you have a blocked shower head and a really heavy limescale build-up you’ll need a full-strength commercial limescale remover.
How to Clean Your Shower Head
Is your shower head removable or fixed? Removable is the easiest type so let’s start there.
Removable Shower Head
- Unscrew your shower head from the hose attachment
- Put the shower head in a container
- Fill the container with your chosen limescale remover
- Leave it for an hour
- Rinse through and inspect for limescale
- If limescale remains repeat the steps above
- Use an old toothbrush to scrub the tiny nozzles and brush off the loosened limescale
- Rinse through and replace
- Enjoy your rejuvenated shower!
Fixed Shower Heads
If you can remove your shower head from the wall do so and let it hang down. If not, just leave it in place.
- Find a plastic bag
- Fill the plastic bag with your chosen limescale remover
- Tie the bag around your shower head making sure it is totally submerged
- Leave for an hour
- Remove the bag
- Scrub the nozzles with an old toothbrush
- Turn on your shower to rinse it clear
- If any limescale remains repeat the process.
Removing limescale from any household appliance that has contact with water is a good idea. It keeps your appliances running smoothly and prevents breakdown.
A dirty shower head makes for a miserable shower time too, so clear out that limescale. It’ll make your shower head feel as good as new and you can enjoy a refreshing start to the day.