You will need:

  • White Vinegar 
  • Sandwich or ziplock bag big enough for your shower head
  • Rubber band
  • Grout brush (hard bristle) 
  • Baking soda 

Most people have been switching to more environmental cleaners to reduce the number of harsh chemicals used in our households and we tend to be “most people” 99% of the time. Vinegar, more specifically white vinegar has been used for thousands of years dating back to ancient egypt. The active ingredient in vinegar that gives it an edge is a type of acid which is a bacteria byproduct called acetobacter, that can break down other bacterias and provides unforgiving crud fighting skills whilst leaving the area disinfected, clean and unharmed.

Step 1: In your ziplock bag (or whatever bag you have chosen) fill with white vinegar and if you deem necessary you can add a tablespoon of baking soda if the corrosion is really bad. Lift the bag up to the shower head to put the shower head inside the bag with the mixture until it is completely submerged. Hold the bag in position as you wrap your rubber band TIGHTLY around the top of the bag to hold it in place.

Step 2: After all that hard work, it’s time to take a break and stream your most recent show on Netflix or Hulu. Let the vinegar work it’s magic and break down the tough limescale and hard water that has been building up. Let sit for 2 to 3 hours. 

Step 3: Remove vinegar and go to town scrubbing the shower head with your grout brush. The tough bristles will remove the broken down calcium deposits, limescale and hard water while getting into hard to reach places like the tiny holes and crevices. 

Step 4: Turn on water and use your hand to rinse off all the excess mixture and crud.

Voila! Nice and clean!

Perhaps you have visitors coming and you need to make this bathtub and shower head cleaning go a bit faster… Not to worry friend. This process does use chemicals but you don’t have to wear gloves or a mask. We use Bar Keepers Friend. It is even safe to use on food preparation surfaces and has a NSF registration. Bar Keepers Friend is found in many commercial kitchens across the globe.

You will need: 

  • Bar Keepers Friend foam spray
  • Grout brush (hard bristle)

Step 1: Spray the Bar Keepers Friend on the face and areas of the shower head that have built up corrosion. 

Step 2: Let sit for 10-20 minutes. (I like to clean other areas of the bathroom while it sits)

Step 3: Scrub with grout brush.

Step 4: Rinse away the debris

Step 5: Enjoy the rest of your day because you’re all done!