Top 3 Tips for Cleaning Your Shower Head
By Craig F.
December 14, 2010
Is your shower head not performing like it used to? Over time, mineral deposits can build up in your shower head. This can cause the nozzles to squirt water in all directions or clog up completely, leaving you with poor water pressure or low flow. Here are our top tips (listed from easiest to more complex) to help get your shower head back to peak performance.
#1 Rub the Nozzles
Many shower heads have flexible rubber nozzles. You can dislodge mineral buildup in these nozzles by simply massaging each nozzle with your finger. You can also try gently scrubbing the nozzles with a toothbrush.
#2 Soak the Shower Head in Vinegar
There are a couple ways to do this:
- If you prefer to leave the shower head attached to the pipe coming out of the wall, you can fill a plastic bag with vinegar and wrap it around the shower head. Secure the bag around the head with a rubber band, tape, or a twist tie. Leave the bag around the shower head for a few hours. Remove the bag and turn on the water for a few minutes to clear the vinegar out of the shower head.
- If you don't mind removing the head from the shower pipe, you can submerge the shower head in a container full of white vinegar. Let the shower head soak in the vinegar for a few hours. Re-attach the shower head to the shower pipe and run water through the head for a few minutes to clear out the vinegar.
(view our How To Install Your Shower Head Blog)
#3 Clean the Filter Screen
To clean the filter screen, you may need to consult the shower head instruction manual. If you didn't keep the manual, don't panic! You can usually find it on the brand's website or by contacting the customer service department.
In general, the filter screen is located in the part of the shower head that connects to the pipe. You will need to remove the shower head from the pipe to get to the filter screen.
In most Waterpik® brand shower heads, the filter screen can be removed by gently brushing the filter out. Or you can use tweezers/needle-nose pliers to get the screen out of the pivot ball.
Once the filter screen is out of the pivot ball, run the screen under water for a few minutes to flush out any buildup. You can also use a toothbrush to gently brush out mineral deposits.
Place the filter screen back into the pivot ball and re-install the shower head to the shower pipe.
Important Note! Harsh cleaning chemicals may damage your shower head and are not recommended for cleaning. (Read our blog post for some great money-saving tips for cleaning showers without expensive, harsh chemicals.)
Considering a Replacement Shower Head?
Replacing a shower head is quick, easy and may reduce your energy and water bills.