Hard water makes it neccessary to clean your shower head
Is the water from your shower head spraying all over the place, or maybe no longer giving a good spray? If that’s the case, it’s possibly the time to give the shower head a very good clean.
One more sign that it must be definitely the time to clean the shower head are the obvious white calcium deposits on the head. If you live in a hard water region, the additional mineral deposits are more difficult, as you will no doubt already know from your drinking water. Additional work is going to be necessary to keep a shower head thoroughly clean in a hard water region.
Easy and Cheap!
For this particular chore you will be using white spirit vinegar. It is extremely inexpensive plus it could hardly be simpler to carry out. Vinegar is actually made up of acetic acid and this is the solvent which breaks down water deposits. In fact vinegar is an excellent cleaner for bath tiles and shower doors as well. It is very good at reducing any scum build up.
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Spray the shower head, specially the small nozzle holes, with vinegar. After a while, clean it off with a cleaning cloth or sponge. Done regularly, this method should get the job done!
Fill a strong plastic bag with some vinegar and secure the actual bag to the shower shaft with tape or possibly a piece of string. Be sure the holes are submerged in the vinegar. Leave for not less than an hour or so. Remove the bag of vinegar. Clean the nozzle holes with a discarded toothbrush and then run hot water through the shower head to remove any loose particles. Give the shower head a polish using the bathroom cleaning sponge or cloth.
For a really dirty shower head it could be necessary to unscrew the shower head to obtain a very good clean. Pop the actual shower head in a pot of a hot water and vinegar mixture. Do make sure that the metal shower head is covered but don’t let the vinegar mixture to boil. The fumes are rather unpleasant so make sure you put on the pot lid. Take it off after a few minutes. Rinse out in clean water and then replace it. Turn on the shower water to be sure any loose dirt is washed out.
A thoroughly clean shower head is very important!
Shower heads can be a breeding ground for microorganisms. Well, think of the moist, dark climate of a shower head! Then when you turn on the shower water it’s not just wonderful water that comes flowing all over your body, but it flows out with some bacteria as well! Our human bodies are nonetheless, unbelievably well made and our natural defenses deal with this particular concern. Having the shower head kept clean really means you do not take any chances!
Pretty much all that is left after such a good clean is for you to have a splendid warm, luxurious shower!
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By: Peter Stewart
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