My Shower Head is Clogged
It’s frustrating to get in the shower and find that you’ve got reduced water pressure. Whether your pressure is reduced to a trickle or you don’t have enough pressure to beat down on sore, achy muscles, the likely culprit is a clogged shower head. Signs that your shower head is clogged could be reduced water pressure, but it could also be uneven spray, with water that sprays sideways, rather than streaming down. The good news is that most shower heads are easy to clean by following these easy steps:
- Using a wrench, unscrew the shower head.
- Remove sediment and debris by rinsing the shower head and using a toothbrush to gently brush it away.
- Mineral deposits and lime from hard water will require a more thorough cleaning, using vinegar or a product designed to remove mold, mildew, lime, or calcium. An overnight soak in vinegar will often do the trick. Simply place the shower head in a bowl of vinegar to remove hard water deposits. If you’re using a product designed to remove hard water deposits, read the label first to make sure it won’t damage the metal and then follow the instructions on the package. When done, rinse thoroughly with clean water.
- If there are still some clogs, use a piece or wire, like a paper clip, and push it through each hole to open it.
- Reattach your clean, unclogged shower head, tightening it snugly with a wrench.
Note: If you cannot remove the shower head, you can submerse it vinegar or cleaner. Simply fill a small plastic bag with your product and raise it to the shower head. Attach the bag with tape or rubber bands and let sit for the desired length of time.