How to Clean Showerheads

A quick soak will make your grimey showerhead shine.

We'll show you an easy way to clean your clogged showerhead and get it operating like new again. Mineral build up can plug up the spray holes. Here's a simple way to restore the flow.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

TIME

One day

COMPLEXITY

Super Simple!

COST

Under $20

Remove the showerhead and soak it

Over time, hard-water minerals in tap water build up and clog the spray holes in showerheads. Fix this problem by removing the showerhead and cleaning it. Buy a lime removing product to loosen the scale, or soak the head overnight in vinegar (either white or apple cider). Check the owner's manual or manufacturer's Web site to confirm that vinegar won't harm the finish.

Carefully remove the showerhead and open the holes using the steps shown in Photos 1 and 2. If the showerhead is too stuck to remove, try filling a plastic bag with vinegar, tying the top of the bag around the top of the showerhead and submerging it overnight in the vinegar.

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Pipe wrench
  • Pliers
  • Rags

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Vinegar