Paul Durkin

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?How to fix a clogged showerhead

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.

Time Taken:

  • 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.

Top Tips:How to fix a slow flowing showerhead

  • 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.

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