Call Us Today  (717) 207-8198

back to blog

How to Clean an Old Showerhead

You’ve probably seen a horror movie (or two) that features a scene where blood or bugs rain down through a person’s showerhead, terrifying them senseless. While we think you’re pretty safe from those tropes, it may scare you to think about what could be lurking on your showerhead if it’s been a while since you last cleaned it.

Why Do I Need to Clean my Showerhead?

Just like anything else in your home, your showerhead gets dirty over time. As water flows through it each time you bathe, tiny amounts of sediments and bacteria can cling to your showerhead. Not only can this result in your showerhead having low water pressure (as sediment buildup prevents the water from flowing freely as it should) but those particles can flow onto you as well; nothing like leaving your shower dirtier than when you entered it, right?

Steps for Cleaning an Old Showerhead

Collect Your Supplies

For this task, you will need a few simple items — most of which you probably already have in your home:

  • 1 bottle of distilled white vinegar

  • 1 plastic sandwich bag

  • 1 rubber band or zip tie

Attach the Bag

First, pour about a cup of vinegar into the plastic sandwich bag and place it over your showerhead so that the fixture is completely submerged in the liquid. Next, use a rubber band (or zip tie) to secure the bag to your showerhead.

Time It

Once the above steps are complete, it’s time to let your showerhead soak. Typically, the longer your fixture stays in the vinegar, the better; the vinegar has more time to break down any gunk and buildup. To reap the maximum benefits, aim to keep the bag secured for at least a few hours — overnight is even better. However, the only catch is if your showerhead has a gold or nickel finish; in this case, only have it soak in vinegar for 30 minutes so it doesn’t wear away the finish.

Rinse Away Grime

Finally, after you’ve removed the bag of vinegar, run the water so that any remaining gunk is flushed away. If you want to take things an extra step further, use a soft-bristled brush to scrub away any stuck-on grime.

For all your plumbing needs in and around Lancaster, trust the experts at Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, and Electrical.

Our Promotions

$50 OFF

Any Service Expires 05/31/2023 Valid on repairs over $199. Call us for more details. Coupon code: CP50

Up to $250 Off

Water Heater Installation Expires 05/31/2023 Up to $250 Off. Call for more details.
Coupon code: CPWH

Contact Us

Contact Us

lancaster plumbing heating cooling and electrical truck
lancaster plumbing heating cooling and electrical technician shaking a customers hand lancaster plumbing heating cooling and electrical technician shaking a customers hand

Why Choose Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical

Serving Lancaster County with Top-Rated Home Solutions Since 1904

When you need a reliable partner for all your home services in the Lancaster area, trust Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical. From our location in East Petersburg, we can provide fast, professional HVAC, plumbing, and electrical services anywhere in Lancaster County and the surrounding communities. We have some of the best technicians in the business. Our company features:

  • Industry-leading quality assurance
  • Trained, experienced personnel
  • Background-checked, drug-tested technicians
  • Convenient scheduling
  • A 100% satisfaction guarantee
  • An A+ rating from the BBB

When you need the ultimate in-home comfort, choose Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical. Call us today at (717) 207-8198 or contact us online to schedule service in Lancaster or South Central Pennsylvania.