How To Clean A Shower Head

Written By: Richard Morgan | Updated:
How To Clean Shower Head
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Whether you’ve noticed deposits appearing near the nozzles (as show above) or inconsistent spray patterns, it may be time to clean your shower head. Overtime, the build-up of limescale will cause shower heads to become blocked, which effects the water flow and spray patterns. It also covers the shower head itself, which makes it lose its desirable shine.

Luckily, cleaning a shower head isn’t that difficult and doesn’t involve any expensive products or tools. Whether you have a fixed head shower head upon your luxury mixer shower or an adjustable shower head, below is everything you need to know in order to effectively clean a shower head.

What You’ll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Toothbrush
  • Cocktail stick
  • Plastic bag
  • Rubber band
  • Bucket

How To Clean A Shower Head

  1. Remove the shower head from the hose (don’t lose any of the rubber washers).
  2. Rinse it under a tap with the shower head facing upwards towards the water.
  3. Use a toothbrush and white vinegar to loosen any debris inside.
  4. Use a cocktail stick to poke out any deposits within the nozzles.
  5. Place the shower head in a bucket of white vinegar overnight.

Regarding the final step, you can even add some baking soda into the mix for extra cleaning power. This is particularly useful for those with a very heavy build-up of limescale that may not be removed in a single wash.

How To Clean A Shower Head Without Removing It

  1. Place a rubber band over the top of your shower head.
  2. Fill a plastic bag with white vinegar.
  3. Attach the bag over the shower head and use the rubber band to secure it.
  4. Leave it for an hour to get to work.
  5. Remove the bag and turn on the shower.
  6. Polish the shower head with a dry microfibre cloth.

Preventing Limescale Buildup

Limescale is a common problem that’s made worse if you live in an area with hard water. Although you could dry the shower head with a cloth after each use, it isn’t something that you want to do each and every time you get out of the shower. Alternatively, the most common method to reduce the build-up of limescale is to install a water softener.

Thanks to modern technology, some of the best rated shower heads now come with clever designs that prevent the build-up of limescale. This is certainly something to consider if you are having troubles and don’t mind spending slightly extra on a shower head in order to reduce the dreaded limescale build-up.


Cleaning your shower head really is that easy and can be achieved regardless to whether its a fixed or adjustable shower head. If you’d prefer to clean a shower head without vinegar, there are plenty of dedicated cleaners that you can use instead. However, we’d recommend that you avoid bleach and using a hard bristle brushes to removing any debris.

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