Shower Cleaning: How to Properly Clean Shower Heads

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Bacterial growth is something you can expect when you are dealing with any object that is immersed in water or is subject to high humidity. Bacteria thrive in these places and unfortunately that includes your shower head.

Not to scare you or anything, but did you know that regular replacement of your shower head is actually necessary to prevent such growth.

However, aside from bacterial growth, homeowners should also be aware of the mineral build-up that can happen in your shower head. 

In this informational post, we’re going to show you the best tips to properly clean your shower head. But if cleaning it still doesn’t work and you want a full shower head upgrade, we have a full guide on the top 10 shower heads to buy!

Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning your Shower Head

Step 1: Turn off the water source

Before we begin cleaning the shower head, you must turn off the water source entirely in order to save water.

Step 2: Disconnect the shower head

After turning off the water source, you can now begin with taking the whole bath attachment apart from its source.

Note: If you have a non-removable shower head, you can skip to step 4.

Step 3: If it’s removable, take apart all of the moving parts

After unplugging the unit from its source, you can unscrew several of the shower head’s parts that can easily be unscrewed. Do this carefully in order to prevent the loss thread of several parts.

Step 4: Create a shower head soak

Following after taking the whole bath nozzle apart, you can set it aside for now and create a shower head soak.

Basically what a shower sprinkler soak will do is to remove all of the hard water build-ups that can block the water path whenever you’re showering. There are two different soaks that you can make, one uses vinegar and the other uses a denture-cleaning tablet.

Vinegar, baking soda, and water soak:

To do this, you must have a big bowl, white vinegar, baking soda, and some water.

Depending on how big this bath attachment is, you can mix one part of baking soda, 1 cup of vinegar, and 4 cups of water. 

Vinegar is known for its acidity hence, water is required to put a balance on its acidic nature. By doing so, you’re helping your shower head reduces the risk of dissolving some of the soft plastic parts that it may have. Remember, we’re only going to remove the dioxin and hard water residue.

Once it is incorporated together well and the baking soda fully dissolved, you can now begin soaking the shower head overnight.

You can speed up the process by boiling the mixture and putting in the shower head into the boiling mixture. However, we strongly advise against this especially if you have any plastic or rubber parts that could melt away from the heat.

creating a soak for the shower head

Denture cleanser tablets soak:

Denture tablets also help in lifting the mineral build-up that it may have. To do this, you must dissolve one denture tab in about 4 cups of water to fully soak the shower head.

As with the previous soak, you must do this overnight to ensure that all of the mineral build-ups will be lifted.

In case your shower head is not removable, you can still create these solutions and put them in one bag. Secure the plastic with a rubber band or better, with a cable tie.

Step 5: Scrub and wash off with soap and water

However, don’t expect the soak to fully do the job for you. You still need a little bit of elbow grease to fully clean your shower head.

Once the soak is done, you can now begin washing off the whole shower head with soap and water.

Use a little sponge or a used toothbrush lying around to scrub off the rest of the build-up and then wash off with soap and water.

Step 6: Pat dry

Pat dry the whole shower head. If you have a chrome-finished shower head, you’ll be surprised at how the shine of the finish has come back

Step 7: Reinstall the whole unit.

If you have a removable shower head, you can now reinstall the unit after patting it dry.

Make sure that you’ve got all of the removable pieces screwed tight enough or secured with a plumber’s tape to ensure that no water goes to waste due to leakages.

Step 8: Turn the water source on and run the water

The last step before using your newly cleaned shower head is to turn back the water on and run the water for about a minute.

By doing so, you are making sure that you have all of the parts latched together correctly and that no suds or any of the solutions you’ve used will get to your skin.

Clean your shower head every three months to ensure that you can remove the build-up regularly thus, preventing the growth of any disease-causing mold, mildew, or bacteria.

putting the shower head back on


Cleaning your shower head regularly is not only to make your shower head look new, it is also to help your baths be free from any mold, mildew, or bacterial growth that might be present inside the shower head.

Some of the diseases that can be prevented if you perform regular shower head cleaning include Legionnairre infection (a lung infection that can cause flu-like symptoms), eyes and ear infection from Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria present inside this bath sprayer.  

What’s more is that, by keeping your shower head clean, you’re maintaining its shelf-life. This helps in lessening the need to keep on buying newer shower heads all because of hard water build-up that could have been easily cleaned with simple homemade soaks and a little elbow grease.

We hope that this step-by-step guide will help you clean and maintain your shower head effectively and prevent you from incurring costs from buying medicines from the possible infections we’ve just mentioned earlier or simply, from buying a new shower head!

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