Home Ingredients to Clean Shower Head Buildup

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There are several home ingredients you can use to clean your shower head.
There are several home ingredients you can use to clean your shower head. (Image: shower image by Ekaterina Shvigert from Fotolia.com)

Mineral deposits from water can cause a shower head not to work properly and look dirty. Instead of buying expensive detergents and solutions to remove shower head buildup, you can use everyday household ingredients. Cleaning your shower head with household ingredients takes about 30 minutes.

Vinegar Dip

Vinegar works as a natural acid that can dissolve mineral deposits. Remove the shower head from the water pipe. Make a solution of one part vinegar and one part water, and submerge the shower head in the solution. Do not soak the shower head and its parts for more than 15 minutes at a time, since vinegar can damage plastics and metal finishes. Never mix vinegar and bleach.

Vinegar Bag

Fill a plastic bag with equal parts warm water and vinegar. Put the shower head inside the bag without removing it from its pipe. Ensure that the vinegar solution covers the shower head completely. Attach the bag to the pipe with a rubber band. Remove the bag after no more than 15 minutes.

Lemon Juice and Salt Paste

Lemon juice and salt paste can be used as a scrubbing agent on a shower head. Pour 2 tbsp. of table salt into a bowl. Cut a lemon in two. Squeeze half the lemon onto the table salt and mix the two ingredients together to make a paste. Squeeze more lemon onto the salt if needed to get a paste-like consistency. Apply the paste to a toothbrush and scrub the small parts around the shower head.

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