If the water that flows from your once powerful shower head has recently become just a trickle, the mineral buildup from hard water is probably to blame. To fix this, you could replace your shower head with one on our list of the best shower heads for 2020, but if you don't address your hard water problem, you'll end up back in the same boat. Fortunately, you can clean a clogged shower head with minimal effort ̵
First, collect a zippered storage bag (Ziploc or Hefty's will do) and a sturdy rubber band, the thicker the better. Next, find a cleaning solution that removes calcium, lime, and rust (like the CLR brand) or some white vinegar, which works just as well, then set aside for about 60 minutes when no one can take a shower.
Hard water has a high content of dissolved solids – primarily calcium and magnesium, according to the Water Quality Association. Over time, these chemicals attach to the metal and plastic in your shower head, creating an accumulation that appears as crusty bits around the water spouts.
As this plumbing plate builds up over time, the holes begin to close, creating back pressure that reduces water drainage. If ignored, it can eventually stop your spout completely.but to open an existing clog, don't worry about calling a plumber, buying expensive replacement hardware, or setting aside an entire afternoon to fix it to repair.
Here's how to effortlessly disassemble your shower head.
1. Collect your cleaning supplies
First collect your supplies. If you have a small shower head, a sandwich bag should be enough, but for larger hardware you may need to bring out a gallon bag. You will need a rubber band to secure it and water can get heavy so make sure to use a strong one. The kind used to hold together products like asparagus or broccoli is perfect, but your regular office store rubber band will do (although you may need more, especially for a gallon bag).
For the cleaning solution, you need a 50/50 solution of either CLR household cleaner (available at most grocery stores, Walmart and Amazon) or white vinegar (the stuff in your closet will do) and just shower water.
2. Enjoy the dirt
Fill the bag halfway with CLR or white vinegar and insert the shower head into the bag. Secure it with the elastic or rubber bands and gently soak the water in the shower to completely fill the bag and mix the solution. Whatever you do, don't turn the shower on with full force, or the sudden pressure could accidentally launch the plastic bag through your bathroom.
Then set a timer to 60 minutes. You could use your phone, a kitchen timer or a smart assistant. Here'sand . Now go relax for the next hour.
3. Wipe, rinse and (hopefully) you don't have to repeat
After your timer has gone off, remove the bag from your shower head and let the cleaning solution drain down the drain. Throw the bag in the trash and wipe your shower material with a damp cloth.
Then, the moment of truth: turn on your shower (this time in full) and see how much more powerful and even it gets. If for some reason there are still a few clogged spouts, try repeating this process. But for most clogged shower heads, one round should work.
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