Fill the reservoir with water and 2-tbsp. water softener. Run the appliance through for one cycle and then again with clean water. Haley’s Cleaning Tips by Rosemary and Graham Haley also recommends filling it with white vinegar, running it through once, and then running it through twice with clean water. You may also fill with hot water and one regular denture cleaning tablet. Run it through once and once again with clean water.

Acid washes, such as vinegar, are often recommended as treatments for cleaning efflorescence. Pour diluted white vinegar on the stains, scrub the stains with a sponge or scrub brush, rinse the area thoroughly and dry the concrete with a dry cloth, wet/dry vac or a layer of baking soda. The water will promote the return of the stains if the concrete is not dried quickly.


Many cleaning products are specifically designed to combat limescale, and these products are easy to use (and often take much less time than the vinegar method!). Just follow the directions on the label, take any necessary safety precautions, and test the product in a small area first before proceeding. Make sure to rinse the shower head thoroughly before using the shower as normal.
About 14 months ago, I needed to clean the shower before company arrived, but had just taken a shower. I sprayed the wet shower with lemon juice and noticed when repeating the spraying that it seemed to be working faster than it had when starting with a dry shower. Since then, I’ve been spraying the shower after using it (while still wet) with a light spray of lemon juice. I have not needed to scrub the shower since! All that’s needed is wiping it with a cloth dipped in warm water, and occasionally, a little Soft Scrub when I feel a rough patch where soap scum is starting to build up. This method has also removed the previously nearly impossible to remove stains on the flexible hose and fittings to the shower head and the shower curtain liner.
Your shower head is prone to buildup of all sorts of nasty stuff, and it can be a pain to clean if you do it the hard way. As Redditor IT_Serpent points out, you can cure your shower head of its grimy blockage with a bag of vinegar. All you have to do is fill the bag, place it around the shower head so it's submerged in the liquid, and tie it to the neck with a twist tie (or anything else, really). Leave it there overnight and the cleaning will be handled for you.
Use your trusty plunger to clear the blockages in your drains and pipes. Yes, you can use this on your shower drain, just make sure to remove the cover first. If that doesn't work, move on to chemical drain cleaner, like Liquid-Plumr Power Gel ($18, amazon.com) and follow the manufacturer's directions accordingly. And if you're still out of luck, Forte says it's time to enlist the pros. "After that, call a professional plumber and tell them what you used. That way, there won't be any surprises."
Standard wall mount – These fixed wall mounts are the most economical option, although models with more features can be pricier. They offer an array of amenities, including filtration for hard water systems, multi-spray settings, and anti-tarnish finishes. However, they do not provide very much flexibility. Tall users may have to duck to wash their hair, and short users may have difficulty avoiding a stream of water directly in their face.

I keep a spray bottle of half vinegar, half water, and a spritz of dish detergent for everyday use. Once a week, I spray the showerhead with this vinegar mixture and it keeps the holes unclogged. When I started, about a third of the holes were stopped up and this mixture cleared them up and keeps them open. I haven't had a problem since I started doing this.
Keeping your shower and tub free of soap scum (residue left behind by bar soap), will also allow the minerals that are present in your water to wash down the drain, rather than stick to the soap scum. A portable steam cleaner makes quick work of the soap scum removal, and can be purchased for minimum investment. Using a daily shower spray, is another cheap and easy way to keep soap scum at bay. You might also consider waxing the surfaces in your shower, after you've removed all the soap scum. This will prevent new soap scum from forming.
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Taking a shower is something many Americans do every single day. Sometimes multiple showers in a day! But, cleaning your shower doesn’t happen every day, and when it does, it likely avoids cleaning the shower head! With all the spray holes, tiny spaces between, and hard-water build-up and grossness, we avoid it, and just deal with whatever water pressure it puts out.

3. Dismantle and clean the showerhead. If there are still mineral deposits, you can scrub the showerhead with an old toothbrush and vinegar to loosen debris. Use a toothpick or safety pin to poke out additional deposits. Then soak the parts in vinegar overnight to dissolve any remaining deposits. For extra cleaning power, scoop a few tablespoons of baking soda in the vinegar for soaking. The natural abrasive will help release clogged passages.  Rinse again.


Sometimes a shower head is so outdated or corroded that it makes more sense to replace it than clean it. In most cases, you can select a different shower head and screw it into place. In older bathrooms, the shower head may be a permanent fixture. With no way to unscrew the old fixture, you may have to remove it with a hacksaw and splice the shower arm with another piece of pipe. An Expert can help guide you through this process.
Gluten-free. Food-garden-obsessed. Terrier-owned. When under pressure, she bakes. Susan Clotfelter edits the Saturday Home section and Grow, The Denver Post's garden section. She reclaimed a formerly weed-infested hell corner with blooming perennials, breaking several garden tools in the process. Favorite smell: Sawdust. Favorite drug: Knitting. Nemesis: Bindweed.
Start by opening a window or door to ventilate the room, then grab your favorite tub-and-tile spray cleaner, like CLR Fresh Scent Bath and Kitchen Cleaner ($15, amazon.com). "Work on the shower in three vertical sections — this will cut down on fumes and prevent the cleaner from drying before you wipe it," says Forte. Spray the first section, covering both tile and tub, and give it a few minutes to penetrate. Then spray the second section, and let it soak while you clean the first.
Is your showerhead blocked by unsightly calcium deposits? Hard water, particularly from wells, can be high in calcium, magnesium, lime, silica and other minerals. Once hard water passing through a showerhead dries, it leaves behind deposits. This mineral buildup is both unattractive and problematic, as it can plug up the waterways, and prevent your showerhead from flowing at full blast.

Taking a shower is something many Americans do every single day. Sometimes multiple showers in a day! But, cleaning your shower doesn’t happen every day, and when it does, it likely avoids cleaning the shower head! With all the spray holes, tiny spaces between, and hard-water build-up and grossness, we avoid it, and just deal with whatever water pressure it puts out.
When done, simply remove the bag (careful not to get any vinegar on your or worse, in your eye), and dump down the drain.  Yes, it will smell for a few minutes but shortly thereafter you’ll notice no smell.  If you want to be super sassy, throw some baking soda down your drain before you dump out the vinegar and you’ve now also cleaned our your drain in the process (go you!).  Let the shower head run hot water for a minute before getting in, you’ll marvel at your handiwork; it will run like new!
Remove the shower head from the vinegar, and wipe it off with a rag. The mineral deposits should wipe right off. If the deposits do not come off easily try soaking the shower head again for another 30 minutes or so. Also, for stubborn deposits or stains, use an old toothbrush to scrub them gently. A paperclip can also be used to clear the little jet holes in the shower head.
A quick internet search on how to descale any household object will nearly always lead to white vinegar. Even sensitive items like sterilisers for baby bottles are in safe hands. When using vinegar to descale a shower head, the first thing to get right is the type of vinegar. Malt vinegar isn’t particularly effective and brown vinegar may stain, so white distilled vinegar is best.
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