How to Clean a Shower Head with Baking Soda and Vinegar

Basically, a shower head is constantly spouting water out, every day . Naturally, water has calcium and other mineral deposits which over time can clog faucets, showerheads and coffeemakers .  This isn’t harmful per se, it just slows the flow.

There are many corrosive products that are out there claiming to blast away calcium, lime and rust. Certainly, all you need to dissolve this build up is a good soaking in some plain white vinegar.  The acids in vinegar naturally break down limescale and rust and allow your shower heads to work like new again.  You can also use this trick for cleaning and unclogging faucets.

Here’s how to clean your shower head with baking soda and vinegar to help you restore it back to peak performance

Method 1: Use Vinegar

Step 1: Pour enough vinegar into a bowl to completely submerge the shower head

Step 2: Leave the shower head to soak in the vinegar during the night.

The acid in the vinegar penetrates and naturally breaks down the mineral deposits that may be clogging up the spray holes in your fixture.

shower and vinegar

    shower and vinegar

Step 3: The next morning take out the fixture from the bowl filled with vinegar. Take an old toothbrush and gently remove any loosened mineral scale.

Step 4: Rinse the shower head thoroughly under running tap water.Dry it off and reinstall it in your shower. Run cold water through it for 2 minutes. This will help blast out any remaining deposits or vinegar residue on the fixture.


shower clean
shower clean

Method 2: Mix Baking Soda with Vinegar

Baking soda, a natural abrasive, works to dislodge particles, thus clearing up stains and clogged passages.

A baking soda and vinegar combination evokes a chemical reaction to clean out dirt, dust and any other deposits, thus leaving the object gleaming.

You’ll need 4 tablespoons of baking soda and White Vinegar – 1-2 cups

Step 1: Pour 1-2 cups of white vinegar into a bowl. Add 4 tablespoons of baking soda to the vinegar.

It is recommended to do this step in a sink, as baking soda reacts with vinegar causing it to bubble.

baking soda and vinegar
baking soda and vinegar

Step 2: Soak the shower head in the baking soda-vinegar solution and leave it overnight.Vinegar reacts with baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) to form carbonic acid, which acts as a strong cleaning agent

Step 3 : Clean the shower with toothbrush as explained in the previous method.

Step 4: In the end run the fixture under clear water until there is no trace of cleaning solution.Pat dry using a towel or a paper towel.Run cold water through it for 2 minutes as it helps remove any remaining deposits on the fixture.

Additional Tips

  • If you have a non-removable shower head, you can use a plastic bag and a rubber band to soak the fixture. Just fill the plastic bag with the vinegar solution and secure it tightly around the shower head with a rubber band.
  • Baking soda is abrasive, so it is advisable to wear gloves while working with it in order to protect your hands.
  • While working with vinegar, open the windows to keep the smell from lingering in your house.
  • Although vinegar is typically safe for all kinds of finishes, it is best to check the owner’s manual before proceeding with the cleaning techniques to ensure that it won’t damage your shower head.
  • When using homemade cleaning solutions, it is recommended to test them first on a small area of the surface you want to clean.
  • Do not mix commercial cleaning agents with homemade cleaning solutions, as the result can be dangerous.

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