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How to Clean Out a Showerhead

It's hard to wash away your troubles when your showerhead is jam-packed with mineral deposits and lime.


  • Step 1: Unscrew showerhead Gently unscrew the showerhead and remove it.
  • TIP: If it won’t budge, make sure there are no small screws holding it in place.
  • Step 2: Disassemble showerhead If your showerhead is made of more than one piece, take it apart.
  • Step 3: Put pieces in bucket Place the pieces in the bucket or large bowl.
  • Step 4: Cover in vinegar Pour the white vinegar over the parts until they are completely covered.
  • Step 5: Soak Let the bucket or bowl sit for a few hours.
  • TIP: Let your showerhead soak overnight -- or if you’re in a hurry, boil it for 15 minutes in a solution of one part vinegar to four parts water.
  • Step 6: Scrub Scrub the pieces with an old toothbrush.
  • Step 7: Clean holes Clean the holes of the showerhead with a toothpick.
  • Step 8: Reassemble and reattach Put the pieces back together, reattach the showerhead, and run the shower to flush it clear. Soon you’ll be clean too!
  • FACT: The patent for the first indoor shower was granted in 1867.

You Will Need

  • A bucket or large bowl
  • A bottle of white vinegar
  • An old toothbrush
  • A toothpick

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