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How to Clean Your Shower Head – San Diego Plumbers

If you’ve noticed discolouration on your shower head (chalky white, green or brown) and it runs with very little power, then it probably means you’ve got a lot of calcium or limescale build up which means its time clean your shower head.While this offers no risk to your health, it does mean that you’re not going to get the greatest performance out of your shower that you could be enjoying. So if this is what is happening to you, here’s what you can do about it without necessarily having to call your local plumber.

There are three things you’re going to need:

  • A plastic ziplock type bag (large enough to fully cover your shower head)
  • A heavy duty elastic band or tie wrap
  • Distilled white vinegar (not rice vinegar, balsamic or cider)


Process to clean your shower head

cleaning your shower head San Diego, CAOnce you have all of this items, you simply half fill the ziplock bag with your white vinegar (don’t dilute it). Place the half filled back over the shower head (or if your shower head can be taken off the wall mount, you can then immerse the shower head into the bag), and then secure it using the elastic band or tie wrap.

You then leave this in place for between 12 and 24 hours (depending on how much limescale is in place) to soak. It’s important to make sure that the entire shower head is immersed in the vinegar. The vinegar will then power through any limescale during that time period.

OK, so now ‘at least’ 12 hours has past, and now you can carefully remove the bag from the shower head and and can empty the vinegar down the shower drain (If you want to kill two birds with one stone and clean your drain in the process, dump some baking soda down the drain before pouring out the vinegar and your drain will get cleaned as well).

Next run hot water through the shower for a few minutes minutes and let the vinegar rinse off (the vinegar smell will go away once everything has dried). Within minutes your shower will work wonderfully and you’ll be able to start enjoying your showering experience once more.

If you find that your shower pressure (and water pressure throughout the house) isn’t what it should be, please give us a call at (858) 536-4161 and we’d be happy to send a licensed plumber to your home to test the water pressure and correct the problem as required.

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