How to Clean a Shower Head

February 20, 2015 by Jenny Melrose

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You might be starting to a notice a trend around here lately.  I have a tendency to overlook the everyday items that I just believe should naturally be clean.  Take for instance, my front loading washer.  It’s a washing machine for heaven’s sake.  It’s supposed to clean clothes so why would I ever need to clean it.  Well, we all saw how that turned out where I gave you a full tutorial on How to Clean Front Load Washer.  This is one of those places again that I just think, “It’s meant to clean me.  Why would I ever need to clean it?”  Well, let me just tell you that your shower head is definitely something you want to take a closer look at.  I’m going to show you just how easy it really is to clean a shower head.  You won’t even break a sweat!

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How to Clean a Shower Head

How to Clean a Shower Head

We’ve lived in our house for eight years now and I have never cleaned the shower head before.  Can you tell?  Those hard water stains just gross me out when I look at them.  How many of you really take a look at your shower head though when you hop in the shower though?  I take my showers in the morning right after I roll out of bed and I’m lucky if I can stumble into the shower without tripping over my girls’ bath toys.  When I took a look though, I knew something had to be done and quick!

shower head cleaning

Since my Young Living Essential Oils had come to my rescue when I cleaned my front loading washer, I decided to start there again.  I love the fact that I can clean without using harmful chemicals.  Be sure to join in on our FREE 10 Day Chemical Freedom Challenge HERE.


The supplies you’ll need are:

Distilled White Vinegar

Young Living Lemon Essential Oil

Ziploc Sandwich Bag

Thick Elastic Hair Ties

Norwex EnviroCloth

shower supplies

To start out you want to fill your sandwich bag with distilled white vinegar.  The amount that you add should depend upon the size of your shower head, but you want it submerged.  I used about a cup of vinegar in my bag and added 3-4 drops of lemon essential oil.   Submerge your shower head in the bag and group the bag together at the top of the shower head.  Use the elastic to tie the bag on and hold it in place.  You want to let the shower head sit in this mixture overnight.  I made sure to do this on a weekend when Joe didn’t have to get to work early because all I could imagine was him turning the shower on at 4 am and creating a huge mess.

shower head soak

In the morning, take the bag off of the shower head and simply wipe with EnviroCloth.  I might have wiped the shower head twice, but I hardly put forth any effort due to the microfiber of the EnviroCloth.  There was no scrubbing involved what so ever.

clean shower head with essential oils

Run the shower for a minute or two before hopping in so that you make sure that the vinegar and lemon oil is off of the shower head.

clean shower head

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 Plus check out all the great uses for DIY Spring Cleaning Supplies with Essential Oils.  I guarantee your mind will be blown!

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DIY All Purpose Cleaner from The Seasoned Momma
Citrus Cleaning Spray from Coffee Cups and Crayons
DIY Dryer Sheet from Made to be a Momma
Glass Cleaner from PinkWhen
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Citrus Kitchen Cleaner & Free Printables from Tatertos & Jello
Thieves Household Clean & Free Printables from Skip to my Lou
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67 thoughts on “How to Clean a Shower Head

  1. Rhonda says:

    Super ideas!!! Thank you 🙂

  2. Melissa B in IL says:

    Had a question… I know that you aren’t supposed to put lemon in a plastic cup to drink from… do you think it would damage the plastic / rubber parts on the shower head (the little nozzles)? Or if you don’t have to do it that often wouldn’t matter?

    1. Meagan says:

      You can just leave it out if you are concerned. I don’t think it really helps all that much. I used to spray down my whole tile shower with lots of vinegar (including the shower head) and just let it sit for a while before scrubbing it and it got rid of all the mineral build up fairly easily.

      1. madeline says:

        Sorry Meagan but she was talking about lemon essential oils not vinegar

  3. dinhhanh says:

    I think I should clean my shower, I was 5 months have not cleaned it, looked uncomfortable with the flow of water, thank your guide

    1. madeline says:

      Might have to. I have not cleaned mine in a while

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  7. Thanks for this guide, most people including me always forget cleaning the shower head. When It comes to cleaning my shower head, I dont know how to

  8. Markus Magnus says:

    To think I never knew about that. I’m definitely trying your cleaning method out. Well, the next time it would be necessary anyway.

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