Tuesday, 9 July 2013

How To Clean A Shower Head With Vinegar

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This post on how to clean a shower head with vinegar is kind of a companion tutorial to my posts on cleaning taps and my DIY shower cleaner. In the previous posts I shared how I used white vinegar as an effective and natural cleaner, but I thought cleaning the shower head deserved its own pictorial "how to". After all, a shower head is a bit bulky for the cotton-wool-and-cling-film method I use for removing limescale and hard water deposits from taps.

Here is my before picture of the shower head:

It isn't too icky because I clean it regularly, but it should be enough to get an idea of how effective the vinegar is at removing hard water staining.

I fill a plastic sandwich bag with one part white vinegar to one part water and secure it over the shower head using an elastic band.

How long you leave it for depends on how bad the build up is. If you clean it regularly, as I do, you probably only need to leave it for an hour or two and once you take the bag off there's no scrubbing required. If, however, your shower head is old and a bit crusty then you may want to leave it overnight and give it a bit of a scrub in the morning.

Here's the after pic:

The water flows much more freely when you clean the shower head frequently! 


  1. thanks for the tip, I was just thinking that I need to clean mine!

  2. I am going to try that! We recently bought and moved into my husband's paternal grandparents' old home. It is a beautiful old farm home ... that needs a LOT of work! :O)

  3. Thanks for sharing. Just this morning I was thinking our shower head needed a good cleaning, so I'm glad I happened upon this on New Nostalgia. I'm your newest follower!

    Krissy @ http://hotcommodityhome.blogspot.com

  4. Thanks for sharing this - having just moved house - the shower head here is scummy!!!!! *goes to buy vinegar*

  5. I have better results with straight vineger, it worked for me, where the 1/2 and 1/2 didn't. Wow, that thing must have been crusty :P

    1. Yes, it's true that nothing is stronger than straight vinegar! I use it undiluted vinegar on the taps, but am too thrifty to use that much vinegar on the shower head unless it is really needed. :)


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