If your shower head is failing from performing its activity, then you should probably clean it, eliminating soap scum buildup and grime in order to restore the water flow. Getting rid of that scaly buildup accumulated on your shower head will prevent water from shooting you in the face from all directions. Why is this happening? Most holes in the shower head happens to be clogged because of hard water deposits, soap scum and grime.

Honestly, I tried to clean my shower head using all sort of harsh chemicals and scrubbing it with abrasive sponges, but the rubber band between the holes had the same dirty aspect. In addition, the water was pouring a little better than it did before and I was thinking that I had to purchase another one. Totally wrong! There is an old soap scum removing method that will make your shower head look like new without being necessary to replace it.

So, if you find yourself in this same predicament, you might want to try it out. In a couple of hours you’ll be able to take a nice and warm shower with water flowing properly.

You Need:

  • a rubber band
  • a plastic bag
  • vinegar


1. Secure Bag with Vinegar

First, slip a rubber band over the top of the shower head. You may want to loop it around the shower arm once or twice so it’s tight on the water pipe. Fill a plastic bag with white vinegar. Attach the bag to the shower head by slipping the top edge of the bag underneath the rubber band.

2. Wait and Rinse

Wait one hour, then remove the bag and turn on the water to flush. Polish with a soft cloth.

If the gunk accumulated on the shower head is too stubborn to come out, you need to bring on the wrench and unscrew the shower head to disconnect the arm.

  • Once you get the shower head off, you’ll want to run it under a faucet to rinse any goop that may be inside of it, out.
  • Then you’ll want to take a toothbrush and scrub the shower head. It is a good idea to use water and vinegar when scrubbing as this loosens up the dirt inside of the shower head.
  • Next, you could use a toothpick or even a safety pin to dig down into the crevasses of the shower head and remove even more dirt.
  • Then you’ll want to soak the parts of the shower head in vinegar over-night. Vinegar is great for loosening dirt and making blockages dissolve.
  • Once this is complete, rinse the shower head again, put it back together, and turn it on in the shower so you can see how thorough your cleaning was.