...without using harsh chemicals? It's easy! When your metal showerhead has become clogged with scaly deposits, place it in a pot with a homemade solution...
...of one part vinegar and eight parts water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes.
If you have a plastic showerhead, simply soak in a solution that is equal parts vinegar and hot water.
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Great! I'll have to give this a try! I have a metal showerhead, but the part where the water actually comes out is plastic. So I take it I'd do the equal parts option. Do you boil that as well, or no? Or does it matter either way? I'll definitely try this though, as it's been a bit cruddy for a LONG time. Thanks!- Natemethodlust one man's unsupressed lust for method home products
Where did that shower head come from in the picture? Looks good aside from being clean!
Is there anything wrong with just using some CLR?
I've tried CLR with the showerhead still attached. I got it on my face and screamed, fell over onto the shower curtains, tearing the rod and rings down all over the bathroom floor.
You don't need to remove the showerhead. Just douse some paper towels in vinegar and plaster them on. Hold it all together with plastic wrap (or a plastic bag) and tape or a rubber band. Leave it there all night.
How would I vary this technique to clean deposits out of a kitchen faucet? The faucet has started having less and less pressure over the years to the point that it's now just dripping. The supply lines are fine (big gush of water when I unhook them from the faucet) and the sprayer still works (and is how we wash dishes now). Would I need to remove the faucet and stick it in a pot or something, or could I just rig something up where it is? Anyone tried anything like this before?
Thank you AT! I tried this at home last night--I followed NancyA's suggestion for my showerhead, and the difference is really unbelievable. I only wish that I had done this a year ago!
Advice I've read suggests that it's a bad idea to remove your showerhead to clean it, because in the process of unscrewing it, sometimes forcefully, you may loosen the connections of the pipes behind the walls, and potentially cause a leak.So, I think NancyA's suggestion is the best one.
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