How to Remove Sediment From a Showerhead

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Sediment builds up on your showerhead over time because of hard water and excessive moisture in the shower area. To safely remove the sediment, you need to use something that quickly breaks up all of the buildup without causing damage to the showerhead itself. Methods vary for cleaning sediment, depending on whether your showerhead is plastic, resin, acrylic, metal or stainless steel.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot
  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Cleaning rags
  • Cotton swabs

Metal and Stainless Steel Showerheads

  • Pour 1 qt. of water and 1/2 cup of white vinegar into a pot and bring to a boil.

  • Drop your showerhead gently into the water and let it boil for 15 minutes.

  • Turn off the burner to cool for 15 minutes and remove the showerhead.

  • Wipe down the head with a rag and clean out holes and openings with cotton swabs.

  • Rinse the showerhead with warm water, dry with a clean rag and place back onto your shower unit.

Plastic, Resin and Acrylic Showerheads

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