How to clean a shower head

I love my time in the shower, the hot water on my head and back relieves many aches and pains. However, my shower used to give me a beautiful even stream of water, but lately, I have been getting a few drips, dribbles and random squirts which is just not enjoyable. You don’t need to buy a new shower head it just needs a good clean!  Read further for tips on how to clean a showerhead, removing the build-up of mineral deposits which are clogging it up and affecting your water flow.

Cleaning Tips

Showerheads are prone to build up of mineral deposits, dust, dirt etc which affects the water pressure and spurts water out in all different directions.  Cleaning the showerhead in your regular bathroom cleaning routine will help prevent the build up.

Removing stubborn soap scum from shower head

If your shower head hasn’t been cleaned for some time you may have build up of soap scum and dirt inside the head, this can be difficult to remove.

How to clean a shower head

STEP 1 – Half fill a bag with vinegar, insert your shower head and tie with a rubber band (funnily enough I couldn’t find one so I used a hair tie) and sit overnight.

How to clean a shower head

STEP 2 – Use an old toothbrush to give a gentle scrub and remove any build up.

How to clean a shower head

When was the last time you cleaned your shower head?

How to clean a shower head

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14 comments

Jackie August 11, 2015 - 8:38 AM

this is very timely I have been saying to my partner we need to buy a new one, going to try this.

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Kate - Kat's Assistant August 12, 2015 - 8:38 AM

Absolutely give it a try, Jackie. May even save you some dollars in not having to but a new one.:)

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Louise August 11, 2015 - 8:39 AM

The squirts have been driving me crazy lately. Great tips Kat.

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Kate - Kat's Assistant August 12, 2015 - 8:40 AM

Yes i know exactly what you mean, Louise! Hope it gets rid of those annoying squirts for you!

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Jo August 11, 2015 - 1:26 PM

I think you could just use the vinegar and have a brilliant result!

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Kate - Kat's Assistant August 12, 2015 - 8:38 AM

Maybe, worth a try Jo.:)

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Jenny Gray August 29, 2015 - 9:43 PM

Love the new dettol easy and faster.

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Kate - Kat's Assistant August 31, 2015 - 11:47 AM

Me too Jenny! It is so easy to use and my shower has never looked cleaner.:)

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Annette October 20, 2015 - 8:37 PM

Is it safe to use in my moulded fibreglass shower?

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annie August 15, 2017 - 10:58 PM

Hey Guys,

Any tips on neglected frosted shower screens, I have a terrible built up of soap scum and looks like it needs a good scrapping but not sure on what product to use.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 17, 2017 - 9:59 AM

Have you tried vinegar for the soap scum? I have a link below that has many tips on using vinegar throughout the home.
https://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/cleaning-2/20-uses-for-vinegar-around-the-home/

There are also many products in the super market that could be used. Try spraying it and leaving it to soak in for a few minutes before using a tough sponge to wipe down.

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James Judkins April 16, 2018 - 5:58 PM

Great tips on cleaning shower head. I think it is helpful for everyone to take care of their shower head. Hope so your tips will work properly. I am gonna apply it on my shower head. But i have a question that is Is it safe to use in my moulded fibreglass shower? If you had insight more about it i will greatly appreciate it. Thanks for the sharing your experience.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife April 17, 2018 - 12:00 PM

James, I haven’t tried myself however I have just done some research and many do suggest it so should be safe.

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Jerald Toliver November 10, 2018 - 4:32 PM

Excellent idea! I’m all for general cleaning too!! I will have to work this quickly…my shower heads are screaming for it!

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