Cleaning A Shower Head

Often times, we don’t even look twice at our shower head unless it isn’t working. Let me be honest, I cannot recollect the last time I cleaned my shower head. I was spring cleaning my bathroom and finally noticed all of the lime scale on my shower head. The buttons on the back of the handheld part of my shower head no longer functioned. (They hadn’t for about 5 years now.) I just assumed that it was due to age or quality of the product. TURNS OUT…I WAS WRONG!

Fear not! Cleaning the shower head is not very difficult. You need a few things.

  • CLR or Lime Away
  • An old toothbrush
  • A small bucket or sink that you can close.
  • __________Pliers
  • Teflon tape

The first thing you want to do is remove the shower head. You may need to find channel locks. My suggestion–I learned this from my dad–is to use a shop rag or wash cloth to wrap around the connection to get a firm grip. It will also keep the wrench from scratching the metal or plastic connector.

Follow the directions and fill your bucket, bowl, or sink with the properly dilluted amount of CLR. Place the shower head(s) inside the bowl. Let soak for 5-10 minutes.

Once your timer has gone off, remove the shower head(s) and rinse with hot water. Do not drain the CLR mixture yet. If there is any remaining lime, dip the old toothbrush in the CLR and scrub the remainder. It honestly shouldn’t take much.

Here was the magical thing–once I did this process the buttons on the back of my handheld started functioning properly again! They were not actually broken, just gummed up. Plus! Now the sprayer sprayed all in the right direction!

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