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Almost nothing feels better than a powerful stream of warm water during a shower. We all know that feeling and if you’re anything like us, you want to have that experience every time you step under the showerhead.
We’ve written before about the problems caused by hard water. Unfortunately, without proper care, hard water can make your shower experience not so nice. Here is our guide for how to clean a showerhead.
We briefly mentioned it above, but hard water is usually the main culprit when it comes to crud on your showerhead. Hard water filled with calcium, magnesium, and lime is a thorn in the side of every Southern California homeowner.
After hard water passes through your showerhead, it leaves behind mineral deposits. Over time, these deposits leave scale and buildup that not only look bad, but they can also clog your showerhead.
The most annoying thing about the mineral deposits that clog your showerhead is that they get in the way of the nice waterflow you’ve come to expect with a good shower.
There’s no set or specific timeframe in which you should clean your showerhead. We just say to clean it when you notice a change in waterflow. For some households, that’s every other month, for others, ever few weeks.
It all depends on how hard the water in your area is, how often you use the shower, and how many people are in your household.
The best way to clean a showerhead is with supplies you probably have in your pantry. All you need is white vinegar, plastic food storage bag, rubber band, a washcloth, and an old toothbrush.
For an easy way to maintain your showerhead between cleanings, keep a spray bottle filled with a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water. Quickly spray the showerhead after every use.
While it’s fairly easy to source the supplies needed to clean a showerhead, there are some household items you should never use.
The first thing that comes to mind is bleach. You should never use bleach to clean a showerhead. Contrary to what you may think, bleach increases bacteria growth on your showerhead.
Another thing you shouldn’t use is a premade chemical cleaner. It’s easy to find something in the cleaning aisle at your local grocery store, but we can guarantee that harsh chemicals have the potential to damage your showerhead.
The final thing we advise against is the use of hard brushes. Course brushes can scratch the finish of your showerhead and leave it a streaky mess.