Home Ingredients for Cleaning Shower Head Buildup

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Cleaning your shower head is simple with household materials and ingredients such as vinegar or bleach. Never combine ingredients such as ammonia and bleach, because it will cause toxic fumes that can make you very sick.

Always unscrew your shower head and clean it on the counter rather than reaching up to clean it, because cleaning materials can easily drip into your eyes if you are looking up at the shower as you clean.


You can clean your shower head with bleach. Remove your shower head and place the fixture in a small bucket with a solution of 1/2 cup of bleach and 2 cups of water. Let your shower head soak for twenty minutes, and then remove from the bleach solution. Rinse your shower head with water under the sink until you can't smell any bleach on the shower head. Dry your shower head with a towel and screw the fixture back on. Turn on the shower and allow the water to run through the head to clean out any tiny drops of bleach that are inside; the last thing you want is any trace of bleach in your hair as you take a shower. Bleach is effective at cleaning mineral deposits along with sanitising the shower head. Bleach is so powerful that scrubbing is usually not needed.


Ammonia is another household ingredient that is also effective for cleaning shower heads and other items. Take off your shower head and soak it in 1/2 cup of ammonia and 2 cups of water. Allow the shower head to soak for twenty minutes, and then scrub off any excess mineral deposits with a sponge. Wear gloves to protect your hands. Rinse off your shower head thoroughly with water and attach the fixture to your shower nozzle. Run the water through the shower head for two minutes before showering.


Vinegar is another household ingredient that cleans really well. Soak your shower head in 1/2 cup of vinegar with 2 cups of water and allow the vinegar to do the work for 30 minutes. If necessary, scrub the shower head with an old toothbrush. Rinse with water, and then reattach.