How to Clean Showerhead Rubber

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How to Clean Showerhead Rubber
Clean a rubber showerhead with vinegar and water (shower head image by Paul Mitchell from

Mineral and calcium deposits can build up in a rubber showerhead, affecting the water pressure. A clogged showerhead can spurt water in all different directions. Cleaning a rubber showerhead will remove any hard water deposits and calcium build-up, allowing water to stream evenly and with constant pressure. Vinegar and water are the only cleaning solutions you need to clean a rubber showerhead; avoid harsh chemicals, heavy-duty cleaners and abrasives.

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Things you need

  • Towel
  • Pliers
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Old toothbrush
  • Thin wire
  • Soft, clean cloth

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  1. 1

    Twist the showerhead counterclockwise to unscrew it from the shower arm. If the showerhead is difficult to remove, wrap a towel around it, and then loosen it with pliers.

  2. 2

    Make a solution of one part white vinegar and one part water in a bowl. Place the face of the rubber shower head in the solution, and allow it to soak overnight.

  3. 3

    Scrub off mineral and calcium deposits with an old toothbrush. Inspect the holes in the showerhead for clogged dirt or hard water deposits. If the holes are clogged, poke a thin wire into them to remove the residue.

  4. 4

    Rinse off the showerhead thoroughly with water, and then dry with a soft, clean cloth. Twist the showerhead clockwise onto the shower arm.

Tips and warnings

  • If you cannot remove the showerhead, fill a small plastic bag with 2 to 3 inches of white vinegar, and then attach the bag to the showerhead with a rubber band.

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