How To Remove Hard Water Stains From Shower Head?

Call it whatever you want, lime scale, hard water stains, hard water deposits, mineral build-up, whatever you like! But we’re sure of one thing that is- it is extremely annoying and is very annoying and irrespective of how clean we keep our bathrooms, these stains never really go away. Well, that is because you clean everything with water, and the build-up that we find on our showerheads and taps is from the water only, or the minerals present in the water. When the water from these appliances gets evaporated, it leaves behind the mineral residue, which is essentially the culprit for all our staining.

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Shower Head Cleaning Hacks

Since shower heads let out water from several little holes, even after you turn the showerhead off. The little water droplets stuck on these holes, which leave minerals built upon these holes and block them. This prevents the proper flow of water from the shower, and the whole experience of the shower is completely ruined.

Depending on how badly your shower head is clogged, you will have to clean it to the same extent. If it is clogged a lot, then you might have to remove the showerhead and clean it, and if the case is not too severe, you can just leave it mounted on the wall, and clean it there itself. If your showerhead is made of stainless steel, chrome, or other such metal, try not to remove it and prevent any harsh tool being used on such sensitive metal. Try the softer remedies first, and if they are not helpful, then consider removing the showerhead to restart the pressure. Let us go over both ways of cleaning-

Steps to Clean Shower Head with Vinegar

  1. removal of hard water stains without removing the showerhead. There is a way to clean the showerhead while it is still mounted against the wall.
  2. All you need is a plastic bag, a rubber band, and some vinegar.
  3. Take a rubber band and loop twice or thrice around the arm of the showerhead.
  4. Then, fill up the plastic bag with some white vinegar. Attach the vinegar filled plastic bag to the shower arm by pushing the upper edge of the plastic bag beneath the loops of the rubber band. 
  5. Let this fixture be for one hour or so and then remove the plastic bag and turn on the shower to flush the residue. After all, residues are removed from the shower, make sure to wipe the showerhead softly with a tender cloth.
  6. of the showerhead after detaching it from the shower arm-
  7. As mentioned before, removal of the showerhead should only occur if you find that the build-up is too severe and affecting the shower head too much, and you think it needs a deep cleaning.

How to Clean Shower Head?

  1. Firstly, unscrew the screw at the arm of the shower to remove the showerhead from its arm. This has to be done carefully to maintain the finish of the fixture. Instead of using pliers, use a wrench and keep a shield of rag between your tools and hand and the shower arm to prevent any scratches.
  2. Now you have to wash the showerhead thoroughly. This you can do by simply holding the showerhead upside down under a running faucet and make sure the pressure of the faucet is high so that any easily movable debris is removed from the open end of the showerhead. For the remaining mineral build-up, softly scrub the showerhead with a discarded toothbrush lined with vinegar to clean further.
  3. Now, to further clean the showerhead, take a safety pin or a toothpick and pole the little holes present on the showerhead. These holes get stuck with mineral deposits that don’t easily come off. In case your shower head has plastic nubbins, then just try rubbing your fingers on these nubbins to get rid of the calcium deposits.
  4. Immerse the showerhead in a vinegar solution overnight to soften and dissolve the rest of the limescale build-up. For some hardcore cleaning, add into the solution a few spoons of baking soda before you have submerged the showerhead in it. The natural cleaning agents will work their magic and dissolve any build-ups.
  5. Wipe the showerhead with a tender cloth to clean if fully and time for the reinstallation! Take some tape and stick it around the loose threads of the arm. Now use a wrench to reattach the showerhead back into the shower arm. Again, preventing any scratches or damage to the finish of the shower arm.

Tips To Clean Shower Filter

  • No bleach for cleaning- bleach is very harsh, leaves toxic fumes as it is caustic, and can ruin your clothes and hands.  
  • When unclogging the showerhead and rubbing white vinegar on it, use a toothbrush with soft bristles to prevent any scratches and disfiguration of the showerhead. 
  • Work in an open or well- ventilated space because when you work with vinegar or any other cleaning product, they emit toxic fumes which are not very healthy to get in contact with. It is, therefore, advisable to work in an open environment.

How to prevent hard water stains?

At the risk of sounding too redundant, let us just go ahead and say it, ‘prevention is better than cure.’ Well, it is. So let us talk about some ways to prevent the build-up of limescale on not only your shower head but also your faucets and other bathroom surfaces.

One amazing thing you can do is simply keep your surfaces clean using a dry towel or sponge, which will get rid of the water and its minerals. You have to do this immediately after you use the said surface and it is filled with water, do not let the water evaporate and they clean it.

Another way is to never let soap scum stay on the surfaces for long, clean them immediately. If soap scum is just lying around, then it becomes difficult for the water to get drained.

You can also invest in a good steam mop, which will easily dissolve any harsh stains. If you reside in an area where the water is harder than normal, then you should also think of investing in a water softener as it will effectively reduce most of your hard water staining problems and will also be great for your usage.


To prevent any severe build- up on your showerhead, try to clean it at least once a month. Vinegar is a great natural agent to get rid of build-ups of limescale and minerals and is very readily available at your home or in any store around you, so is baking soda. Also, make sure to wipe the surface of the bathroom, including all the faucets, the showerhead, the shower arm, everything. Residual water should be wiped clean as it is the culprit for limescale residues.

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