How to Clean Your Showerhead With Baking Soda

Baking soda + white vinegar = showerhead salvation.

Here's the funny thing about cleaning your showerhead. You know you should clean it. You know you should clean it regularly. You know it can be a hotbed for muck and grime and mineral deposits that clog the jets and reduce its spraying power. You are very much aware of these simple facts of life. And yet, just like putting off cleaning your oven again and again and again, you somehow manage to avoid doing so until it's so gross there's no alternative but to knock it off your to-do list. No more!

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As we recently learned from the editors at PureWow, there's actually a very straightforward way to clean your showerhead: baking soda and vinegar. As the article explains (and you perhaps recall from high school chemistry class), combining baking soda—a base—with white vinegar—an acid—creates a chemical reaction. In this instance of chemical magic, the combination helps to dissolve calcium deposits that build up from hard water in a process known as "descaling."

So how do you make this homemade cleaning superhero? Read on to learn how you can tackle this simple and no-scrub process.

How Often to Clean Your Showerhead

If you notice clogged holes or a strange spray pattern, the time to clean your showerhead is now. To keep your showerhead operating properly in the long run—especially if you have hard water that tends to leave mineral deposits—follow this deep-cleaning process once a month. And in between, you can sanitize your showerhead during your weekly bathroom cleaning with a spritz of vinegar-based cleaner.

What You Need

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Gallon size sealable plastic bag
  • Rubber band

How to Clean Your Showerhead With Baking Soda

  1. PureWow recommends combining 1/3 cup of baking soda with 1 cup of white vinegar in a gallon-sized Ziploc-style plastic bag (You'll probably want to do this in the bathroom).
  2. The mixture will start bubbling, and then you can place your showerhead in the bag, completely submerging the head. (You can choose to leave the showerhead in place or remove it first).
  3. Secure the bag in place by wrapping it with a rubber band around the neck of the showerhead.
  4. Keep the showerhead in the baking soda and vinegar mixture overnight, and then remove it before showering, first taking care to run the hot water to get any leftover solution off of your showerhead.

When You Need a Deep Clean of Your Showerhead

This whole process is pretty simple and—dare we admit it—a little fun. Hoorah, your showerhead looks like a million bucks. But what if it still isn't spraying like it used to? See our tips on how to do a deep clean of your showerhead.

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