How to Fix a Clogged Shower Head
Published: 08 January 2013 | By Paul Durkin.
Does the water from your shower head seem to be flowing slowly?
Remember it providing a more invigorating soak?
If this sounds familiar, then chances are you've got a clog.
Why has my shower head become clogged?
This is often a result of limescale and calcium deposits settling on your shower head.
Although not harmful, if riddled with deposits it will slow the flow of water.
What you'll need:
- White Vinegar
- Hot Water
- A Bag
- A Toothbrush
- An Elastic Band
The high level of acidity found in vinegar will naturally break down mineral deposits which will allow your shower head to work to its full capacity.
- Preparation: 10 minutes.
- Standard Clean: 4 Hours
- Deep Clean: 24 Hours.
1. Carefully unscrew the shower head from the hose (If it's fixed to the wall, then skip this step).
2. With a toothbrush, gently wipe away any existing sediment.
3. Create a solution of 1 part vinegar to 8 parts hot water.
4. Pour the solution into a bag.
5. Submerge the shower head into the mixture, ensuring the head is completely covered.
6. Place an elastic band around the bag to make sure it is sealed tight – This is especially important for ones fixed to the wall.
7. For a standard clean leave it for 4 hours, for a deep clean leave it for 24 hours.
8. With the toothbrush give the shower head a wipe once again to ensure all the deposits are gone.
- You may need to separate the shower head and spray plate before beginning to ensure all areas are exposed to the cleaning solution.
- Try to do this once a year to avoid it becoming clogged again.
Clean With Caution:
Although this will work wonders with most shower heads, always check the manufacturer’s cleaning guidelines first to ensure vinegar won’t harm it; the last thing you'll want is to void your warranty.