Improve Your Water Pressure: Deep Clean Your Shower Head

Improve Your Water Pressure: Deep Clean Your Shower Head

Ashley Poskin
Sep 13, 2015
(Image credit: Ellie Arciaga Lillstrom)

Crummy water pressure? Before heading to the hardware store to change out the showerhead, give it a good once over first; it could be full of nasty deposits and build up that block the spray holes, reducing output and making the water shoot out at odd angles. Unlike most bathroom chores, cleaning a showerhead is incredibly easy— there's no scrubbing required!

What You Need


  • Vinegar
  • Water


  • Zip top bag
  • Zip tie


1. Fill a zipper bag halfway with equal parts water and vinegar.

2. Submerge the shower head in the mixture and secure it to the shower head with a zip tie.

3. Allow the shower head to sit in the mixture overnight.

4. Remove the zip tie and let the bag of liquid drain down the tub.

5. Turn on a full stream of water and allow the shower head to run for a minute or so.

That's all there is to it! Your old shower head should now be free of scaly water deposits and working at full power.

Same problem with the faucet on the sink? This technique works in there too! Just follow the process of soaking the head in a bag of vinegar overnight and expect your best results in the morning...

Edited from a post originally published on March 7th, 2008 - DF

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