How to Clean a Showerhead

Sometimes, when life gets rough (yeah, COVID, I’m looking at you), you just need one thing: a really rockin’ shower concert.

You know what I’m talking about: sudsin’ up, working that soapy lather through your hair, and belting away to your heart’s content. You’re singing, smiling, dancing (albeit very carefully because I — er, I mean, you — don’t want a repeat of that time last year when you almost slipped and met your maker), and just generally slaying it.

It’s all fun and games until, as you gaze out into your audience of beloved, loyal, devoted, why-do-they-have-to-be-imaginary fans, you catch a glimpse of the showerhead… And at that moment, you realize that it’s a good thing you’re in the shower because you might just barf. How did you not realize the holes were so clogged? That the head looks all grimy? That it’s so tarnished?!

But never fear, when that day comes, PhoneSoap has got your back with everything you know about how to clean your showerhead.

Dirty shower head

How to Clean a Showerhead

  1. To start, clean out the holes of your showerhead with an old toothbrush or a scrub sponge. This should help to dislodge any built-up debris or mineral deposits. (If your only problem is that the showerhead seems a little clogged, this step alone may fix it!) If the buildup is especially severe, you can even try using a toothpick!

  2. Next, grab a plastic bag (depending on the size of your showerhead, this could be anything from a sandwich-sized Ziplock to a gallon-sized bag) and fill it with about 1 cup of white vinegar.

  3. Using a rubber band, tie the bag around the showerhead, making sure the holes are immersed in the vinegar.

  4. Soak for an hour. (If you’re in a rush, you can try it for 15 minutes. If you have more time, you can also try this overnight.)

  5. Remove the bag and wipe down the showerhead to clear away any loosened limescale or calcium deposits.

  6. Run the shower on hot to flush out any excess and you’re good to go!

If you find that your showerhead still isn’t getting the job done, you may need to remove its filter screen. This can be a more complicated process that is different for varying showerheads, so be sure to consult your showerhead’s instruction manual. (If you can’t find it, don’t panic! Most companies have a copy of the manual online.)

 Our Top 5 Shower Cleaning Hacks 

Showerhead in a shower

  1. Notice that your shower’s looking a little grimy or discolored? Try this hack to make it shiny again: Grab a lemon and some baking soda. Halve the lemon and sprinkle the baking soda on the shower walls, then rub the halved lemon all over! While the lemon juice will naturally bleach the walls, the baking soda will help to clear away the scum and grime. Literally easy peasy lemon squeezy.

  2. Spoiler alert: Showers are a breeding ground for mold and mildew. If the grout in your bathtub is moldy, you’ll need to use a stronger cleaning agent than just vinegar or lemon juice. Mix together 3/4 cup of baking soda with 1/4 cup of bleach until it forms a paste. (Only use this tip if your bathroom is well ventilated, and make sure to use safety precautions like gloves when handling bleach!) Using an old paintbrush, coat the grout with the mixture and let it sit for 10 minutes. Once those 10 minutes are up, use the paintbrush and work the cleaner deeper into the grout. Let sit for another 10 minutes, then rinse! Your shower will sparkle like it’s brand-new.

  3. If your grout needs to be scrubbed but your bathroom isn’t well-ventilated or you simply want to avoid any and all bleach fumes (can’t say we blame you!), try using a super simple non-toxic DIY cleaner. Combine 1/2 cup of baking soda with 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide and 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap. Scrub it on the grout and let it sit for at least 5 minutes (longer if the grout is really dirty), then rinse it and voila! You’re done and your bathtub is sparkly and beautiful again.

  4. Shower door looking a little worse for the wear? Use a Magic Eraser! Just rub the door with the eraser and rinse it off — you’ll be surprised at how much better it looks!

  5. For a simple shower cleaner, look no further than your own pantry. Simply warm up 1 cup of vinegar and pour it into a spray bottle, then add 1/2 cup of dish soap. This mixture will easily break down soap scum in your tub, on the shower doors, and even on tile! 


When it comes to cleaning your shower, what are your favorite hacks? Share in the comments below!


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