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How to Clean Shower Head with Vinegar and Baking Soda

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Is your showerhead starting to get that nasty limescale build up? If you’ve got really hard water in your house that’s normally the main cause but today I’m going to show you how to clean your showerhead with vinegar and baking soda without breaking a sweat. You’ll discover that when you regularly clean your showerhead you’ll get a better flow of water.

Not only will an unobstructed showerhead give you a better water flow but the water pressure will improve as well.

Cleaning Items Needed

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Toothbrush
  • Bucket
  • Plastic sandwich bag
  • Chip clip or bread ties.

This is a really cheap and easy way to clean your showerhead without using harsh chemicals. When baking soda is combined with vinegar, magic happens and it will clean almost anything.

Start off by combining one cup of vinegar and one-third cup of baking soda into your bucket and stir it well with a toothbrush. Scrub the heads of your showerhead with the toothbrush. Continue until all of the white limescale is removed from your showerhead.

When you’re done It will not only look like you just purchased a brand new showerhead but it will feel better too. Be sure you turn the hot water on in your shower and allow it to run for a few minutes to wash out any residual vinegar and baking soda.

3 Additional Methods Of Cleaning Your Showerhead

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Another option is to completely remove the showerhead and allow it to soak in the vinegar and baking soda solution overnight. This is especially helpful if you haven’t cleaned your showerhead in awhile and there is a significant buildup of limescale from the hard water.


For smaller or handheld showerheads put distilled white vinegar in a plastic sandwich bag and cover your showerhead with it. Use a chip clip to snuggly secure the plastic bag around the showerhead.

This allows the showerhead to soak so that all of the debris and gunk soak comes off. Make sure that the crusty area of your showerhead is completely submerged in the vinegar. Leave it overnight and scrub with a toothbrush in the morning and wipe away the grime.


Remove your showerhead and place it a boiling pan. Completely cover the showerhead with distilled white vinegar. Bring the pan to a boil and boil approximately 10 minutes. No run cold water into the pan to cool off the water. Remove the showerhead from the pan and check to see if all the lime scale has been removed. If not, boil for an additional 5 minutes.


Sure you can use commercial products like CLR bathroom and kitchen cleaner or Lime Away but why should you use such aggressive products when a diy home remendy like vinegar and baking soda will do the job just as well?

The real key to combatting your hard water issue and to reduce the amount of cleaning and scrubbing you’ll need to do is to wipe down the showerhead afer every use. Keep a spray bottle with equal parts water and vinegar in the bathroom and spray down your showerhead each time you shower.

Keep a spray bottle with equal parts water and vinegar in the shower and spray down your showerhead each time you shower. This helps keep the limescale from building up.You can also consider installing a showerhead filter to

You should also consider installing a showerhead filter to lessen the effects of hard water not only on your showerhead but on your skin and hair as well.

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