Sunday, March 16, 2014

HOW-TO Clean a Shower Head

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I've started Spring Cleaning! 

Okay, perhaps that's a slight exaggeration ~ I cleaned one of the shower heads, in one of the bathrooms. C'mon, that totally COUNTS!!!

I hate cleaning, but THIS is more of a Life Hack. And I love life hacks. I love the term life hacks. :-)

Life hack refers to any productivity trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method to increase productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life; in other words, anything that solves an everyday problem of a person in a clever or non-obvious way.

OK, so let me set the scene and then I'll get on with it:  The kids bathroom has a shower head that is completely clogged up with minerals and deposits. The kids don't complain, but when I clean the bathroom, I've noticed that the some of the little holes don't spurt water, and the ones that do, aren't doing it very well.

So last week Big A and I were at Home Depot (on one of our many romantic afternoons). We were in the bathroom section looking at shower doors and Big A mentioned that he was going to buy a new shower head for the kids bathroom.

"Nooooo!" I screamed (with perhaps just a little too much drama). "I can clean it. I promise." To this, Big A rolls his eyes, and mumbles "whatever", and continues shopping, thinking he will have to come back to buy a new shower head. (He has no faith.)

But I did it, and the shower head is back to its like-new working order. Plus, I didn't even have to remove the shower head. Impressive, eh?

Here's how to clean a shower head and get the water flow back to it's original free flowing splendor.

1. Half-fill a baggie with CLR (link below if you don't know what this is). OR, to avoid chemicals, fill your baggie with plain white vinegar.

2. Use a twist tie to secure the baggie to the shower head, so that the end is submerged in the CLR or the vinegar.

3. Leave this on the shower head for 3 hours or overnight.

4. Remove the baggie and drain the contents. Give your shower head a wipe with a sponge, and run the warm water for a minute.

5. Enjoy a full day feeling Zestfully clean!

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Marti said...

I've done this with vinegar but never CLR. Is your shower head chrome? I cleaned my sink faucet with CLR and it left an odd mark on the chrome. After that, I was afraid to use it anywhere.

Unknown said...

SNAP! That was my spring cleaning effort for last week - thanks for sharing at #CreativeMuster - Alice @ Mums Make Lists

Unknown said...

Marti - yes it's chrome, and I think - I thought - it was fine to use the CLR on it - well, that's what my hubby says (and he used to be a plumber). :) Mine looks fine.

Alice, I like to break myself into this Spring cleaning very gently!!!


Kim said...

Now if you could just tell me how to get the lime build up out of those tiny holes under the edge of the toilet.... without having to, say, crawel into the toilet with a small piece of wire and stick it in each of those holes....

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Great idea! I'm all for natural cleaning too!! I will have to try this shower heads are screaming for it!
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Started following you on Pinterest and Google + :)

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

I do this all the time...well several times a year anyway...with vinegar. Works like a charm! Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week! ~Deborah

Marti @ SewLicious Home Decor said...

This is a great idea, Vinegar is the best for just about anything! Pinned

Kate Bristow said...

Thank you for the great idea! Shame on me , but I've never cleaned my shower head! :(

Brunilda Prim said...

Vinegar is the ultimate cleaner! I love it!

Rachael Murphy said...

i have a step by step tutorial that how to clean shower head. if you interested then visit this link.