Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar: When you moved into your home, your shower had great water pressure. You enjoyed decompressing before or after work in your shower, washing away the stress of the day. However, lately you've noticed that it's not as enjoyable as it used to be. The water pressure just isn't the same.
Easily fix a clogged shower head. Photo: Getty Images
Well, it's probably not your water pressure that's changed. Odds are, your showerhead
has become clogged due to hard water deposits.
Hard water is water that is high in mineral content -- elements such as calcium and magnesium among others. Hard water isn't harmful to your health, but over time, its minerals can build up inside pipes and cause clogs. You can check to see how hard your water is by lathering your soap or shower gel -- the lower amount of bubbles and suds, the harder the water.
With hard water deposits in your showerhead, a once-long, luxurious shower could be reduced to a drippy annoyance. You'll know that you have a clogged showerhead because the shower stream will become less consistent or the water pressure will begin to decrease.
Luckily there are a few solutions to unclogging a showerhead -- and none of them require a lick of plumbing
Solution #1: Denture tablets
Unclog it with denture tablets. Photo: Walgreens
Yes, denture tablets! If someone in your home already has denture tabs laying around you don't even need a trip to the store to fix this one.
1. Remove your showerhead if possible.
You don't have
to do this, but it will make things much easier. Most showerheads can be removed by hand without screws, but check to see if there are any screws first before removing. If you can't remove the shower head by simply turning it, use a pair of pliers or a pipe wrench
2. Get a bucket
and fill it with water about halfway full with warm water.
3. Drop 2-4 tablets into the water
and wait a minute for them to effervesce.
4. Place the showerhead into the water
and soak for several hours.
5. Remove the showerhead
and use a small brush or an old toothbrush to scrub the shower holes clean.
6. Rinse with water
and put your shower head back in place.
Solution #2: White vinegar
Once again, you probably won't need to venture out to the store for this one. Get a bucket or large bowl and remove your showerhead as instructed previously. You can also use a larger plastic bag and fasten it with a rubber band at the top.
1. Fill your bucket or bag with the white vinegar;
about a pint if possible.
2. Submerge your showerhead
and allow a few hours for soaking.
3. Remove the showerhead
and scrub with a toothbrush or small brush.
4. Rinse with water
That's it! And if your showerhead is stubborn, there's no harm in trying both options together.
Now you can get back to making that shower the most enjoyable part of your day.
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