Hard water tends to damage the appearance of your shower head because of calcium buildup and extended use with zero maintenance. Most people want simple and straightforward ways to clean their shower heads comfortably and affordably. Have you ever seen a shower head that makes you cringe with disgust? Probably yes and the key reason is because of dirt. The most common area which is affected by a dirty shower head is the inbuilt little holes which clog up and create a problem with water pressure while you are showering. It can get a bit difficult to clean off and scrub out by just use of water.
The first method to clean your shower head is by using a sandwich/plastic bag, hair tie or a regular rubber band, cleaning vinegar and a cleaning toothbrush. Fill your plastic bag with vinegar (preferably white vinegar), attach it to your shower head and use the hair tie to secure the bag into position. Soaking for a few hours works well but if the calcium build up is extreme, leave it overnight for impressive results. You can see the debris start to float into the vinegar a few minutes into the process.
The final step is to take your cleaning toothbrush and scrub into the little holes gently. Also, it is ideal to flash it out with some hot or room temperature water between 3-5 minutes, for everything to clear out. The whole process takes only a few hours and the results are promising.
The second method is using baking powder, vinegar, and a plastic bag. This method helps to keep harmful chemicals out. Ensure the plastic bag is large enough to fit comfortably around the showerhead. Mix approximately a cup of white vinegar with a cup of baking soda inside a bag. Immediately the baking soda will bubble up due to the reaction taking place which is a strong cleaning agent. Secure tightly your bag over the showerhead with a tie or rubber band ensuring the head is completely covered. Leave overnight, and wipe down in the morning with water until all the solution is gone.
The next alternative method is to frequently wash your shower head after a few uses. Most of the brown and white discolorations are from water and extended use over time. This way you can save on costs to purchase cleaning detergents and on time to wait for the process to take effect. Take caution not to use harsh liquids when descaling your shower head.
If you want some more peace and comfort while showering, there are some good shower head extension options, like adjustable shower head from Aqua Elegante which gives you a comfortable standing under the shower with enough room to spare. Also, it helps you use a lower flow rate due to even water distribution throughout showering. Another shower head extension is the Vida Alegria which measures 18 inches in length. The installation is quick and easy with straightforward directions. Most customers admit it provides extended service with little maintenance.