How To Clean A Shower Head With Baking Soda

As the weather starts to cool down, we all begin to spend a little longer time in the shower. We all want that nice and hot shower with good water pressure to end a long day. Often, we find our shower head starts to give a sad sprinkle rather than a smooth and satisfying water pressure. If this sounds like your shower head, then it is time to clean the shower head. If you never cleaned your shower head before, then you are in the right place. I'm going to tell you how to clean a shower head with baking soda and distilled white vinegar. This solution is natural, effective, and a cheap way to remove residue and gunk.

Shower head build-up it's quite a common issue, and you are not alone. You will be surprised by how much buildup there can be from mineral deposits like limescale. To get that nice flow, you will need to remove the deposits. To remove the deposits, you can use pantry ingredients like baking soda and distilled white vinegar.

Cleaning your shower often not only removes mineral deposits, but it is also actually good for you and your family's health. With the wet environment, your shower head is a breeding ground for bacteria. While not all bacteria are bad for you, and most of them are harmless, but some can be. In a recent study, researchers found that residential shower heads contain a bacteria known as mycobacterium, which can cause lung disease. Now don't panic. Even if there is mycobacterium in your shower head, it does not mean you will get sick. 

Before you go ahead and replace your shower heads with new ones, or become obsessively cleaning your shower head every day, know that cleaning your shower head can descale. This is quite an important step that not many people do often enough. Add your shower head to the list of things that need to be cleaned. Lastly, read my tip at the end of this post and learn how to reduce your shower build-up by adding one little thing to your shower.

Why You Would Love cleaning shower head with baking soda

  • Baking soda and distilled white vinegar are cheap and affordable. You can get these from any grocery store. There is no excuse why you can't clean your shower head.
  • This is an all-natural mixture recipe, and no toxic ingredients are involved. You can feel good about using this mixture to clean your shower head.
  • You only need two ingredients to make this cleaning solution: baking soda and distilled white vinegar.
  • To make this solution, it will only take you 5 minutes. There is no excuse why you can't do it.
  • What Do you Need To Clean Your Shower Head

    To clean your shower head, you will need:

    1/3 Cup Baking Soda 
    2 Cups Distilled White Vinegar
    Mixing bowl (medium/large)
    Brush (Or Old Toothbrush)

    How To Clean A Shower Head With Baking Soda

    1. Make Mixture

    In a medium or a large bowl (depends on the size of your shower head), mix the vinegar and water. You will notice it is starting to bubble, and this is perfectly normal.

    2. Remove your shower head

    Remove your shower head by twisting it counterclockwise.

    I find that removing the shower head is easier for scrubbing later on. But if you have too many deposits inside, you may not be able to twist it off.

    3. Soaking

    Place your shower head in the solution and the face of your shower head should be fully submerged in the solution. Let it soak for at least an hour or overnight. The longer you can let it soak, the easier it is to scrub. 

    Un-removed shower head

    If you are unable to remove your shower head, place the mixture in a strong bag. Secure the bag over your shower head and let it sit for at least an hour or overnight.

    4. Scrub, Scrub, and more scrubbing 

    Take your shower head out of the solution, gently brush away with a brush or an old toothbrush. Focus on where the water holes are because this is where most mineral deposits are located.

    5. Rinse

    Rinse the shower head with hot water and dry with a microfiber cloth.

    6. Place it back

    Twist your shower head back on. Before use, let the water run for a minute to flush out any residue that the brush did not get.


    • If you cannot find white vinegar, you can substitute with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. 
    • Not every shower head is removable. If your shower head is not removable, use a plastic bag and fill it with a solution. You will want to use a strong plastic bag that could hold the answer. Use a bag like a trash bag and tie it with a string. Or make sure to secure the bag with a rubber band. You can also use this method if you don't feel like removing your shower head. 
    • You must let the shower head to soak in the solution for at least an hour or leave it overnight. If your shower head is made from non-chrome surfaces, check the manufacturer's recommendation before using this method. If you are unsure, you can use this method and let it soak for 15-30 minutes and repeat the process until you get rid of all the gunk. 
    • When removing the bag from the shower head, please be sure you remove it slowly and not get the vinegar in your eyes. 
    • If you don't like the smell of vinegar, the plastic bag method may be the better solution for you.
    • Depending on how much build up is in your shower head, you may need to repeat this cleaning process more than once to really clear up the blockage. 

    How Often Should You Clean Your Shower Head

    At this point, you are probably wondering how often should I clean my shower head? If you live in an area with hard water or water with a high calcium and magnesium level, the chances are you experience problems with a clogged shower head often. There is no one simple answer, but you should do a thorough clean of your shower head bi-weekly or monthly to avoid build-up. Luckily, cleaning the shower head is quite simple and easy.

    How To Avoid Build-Up In Shower Head

    If you are not someone who would remember to clean or likes to clean, then adding a shower filter could be your solution. Adding a shower head filter can help control the build-up associated with hard water. It can also filter out microorganisms, bacteria, and harmful chemicals. Other benefits of adding a shower head filter include healthier hair and softer skin.

    By having a shower head filter, you do not need to worry about cleaning your shower head as often. And let's be clear, this does not mean you won't need to clean your shower head again.

    I hope my post was helpful and you learned how to clean a shower head with baking soda. 

    If you have a shower filter that you love, please comment below.

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