Tuesday, May 28, 2013

DIY shower head cleaner

shower head cleaning

We've been dealing with something here in Boise that I've never had to deal with before...

...Da da duuuumm...

...hard water!

For the life of me I could not figure out why the shower heads in our rental house not only sprayed in seven different directions, but also seemed hell bent on spraying me as hard as they possibly could.




Then I took a closer look and realized that nasty white gunk had built up on the spray nozzle of our shower head, completely covering some of the tiny openings for water (anyone know what those are called?) and making the ones that were still open spray crazily in all directions.

I decided that now would be a good time to try some DIY shower cleaner! In a gallon freezer Ziploc bag I put 2 cups of warm vinegar, and 1/3 cup of baking soda. Then I wrapped it around our shower head and used a hair tie to keep it in place:

DIY shower head cleaning

Then I left it on for a good eight hours to soak. When I took it off the next morning I scrubbed at it with a sponge to remove any residual crusties, and it works great!

Now, it's an old shower head. So it's not as clean as, say, a brand new one. But what it doesn't do anymore is feel like I'm being sprayed with tiny needles of water from all sides! Instead we have a gentle downpour of water. Hooray! I can highly recommend this DIY to anyone who needs a cleaner, gentler shower.

~Jessica

34 comments:

  1. That's a great tip! I've been putting off replacing old hardware because we are probably gonna redo the whole bathroom this year. Yikes! This is something I've GOT to do in the meantime. Thanks!

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    1. It does help if you can't replace it right away! We're in a rental so we can't replace ours at all.

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  2. thanks for sharing, this is exactly what I needed! can't wait to try it out :)

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  3. This is fantastic! Our shower does the same thing and I figured I'd have to buy a new head. Totally going to try this. Thanks for posting.

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    1. You should try it! The shower heads in our house are pretty old, about 15 years and it worked great!

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  4. Great tip! I have used this and it works great! :)

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    1. I was so surprised that it was this easy, but it is! I'm glad it worked for you, too!

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  5. We have well water and it does that too. Thanks for the cleaning tip!

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  6. ahh great tip thanks :)
    Found your blog through the blog hop :) xx

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  7. Hi! Visiting from 5 days 5 ways, and so glad I found you and this great tip! :). I will give it a try, our shower heads are in need of some soaking.

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    1. Thanks Kimm! Let us know how it works for you!

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  9. Welcome to Boise! I'm a transplant to Idaho, too, and have been fighting this same problem for 14 years now...didn't EVER happen on the coast. Wait'll you see what the water does to your sinks and other plumbing, over time. It's eeeeviiiilll. Still, Boise's a mighty nice place to live, overall! Spotted your post on Craft-O-Maniac Monday- thanks for the great tip. (I'd been trying to figure out how to do this *without* removing the shower head. I *hate* doing plumbing!)

    - Heather R., The Real Leopardstripes

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  10. Great tip! Showerheads must be cleaned at all times especially since we use it everyday. I like that you used green cleaners for it!

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  11. Great tip! Thanks for sharing at Give Me The Goods Monday!
    Jamie @Better With Age

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  12. Great idea! We use apple cider vinegar and water to clean our microwave. Vinegar is a great cleaning agent.

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  13. Its very nice tips for me! I was used the power shower , when i feel angry that time i seat down bellow this shower and i feel better..Thanks...shower-filters

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  14. I really love the DIY shower head cleaner ideas provided above. Very creative and easier ideas to clean shower header!! Pleased to learn such awesome ways of cleaning. Thanks.

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