When I moved into my first place, I couldn't believe how dirty everything was all the time. I found myself dusting and mopping continuously, only to deal with a fresh layer of grime later. After awhile, I realized that the problem was blowing straight out of my air ducts. My ventilation lines were so dirty that it was spreading grime through my house every single time the air clicked on. Fortunately, I called an HVAC contractor who was able to clean my vents to a gleaming shine. I know how big of a difference cleaning up your ventilation system can make, which is why I want to spread the word.
If you have noticed that your shower's stream is no longer strong and even, you may have a clog somewhere in your line. Usually, the problem lies in the shower head where hair, debris, rust, and lime can accumulate. Before you call a plumbing service, try naturally cleaning your shower head using the three-step guide below.
Step 1: Remove Hair And Debris From Inside The Shower Head
The first step involves cleaning out any clumps of hair or loose rust that is blocking the holes. After you have removed the shower head, you will need a pair of tweezers, a baby bottle brush, and a bucket of clean water for this step.
Use the tweezers to remove any hair clumps you are able to reach. After doing so, wet the wide tip of the baby bottle brush. Insert it into the top of the shower head and twist it around. Along with grabbing any hair stuck on the bottom and in the crevices, this will also remove any loose rust or lime scale.
After twisting the bottle brush, remove it and rinse it in a bucket or bowl of clean water. Repeat the above until the brush no longer contains hair or large pieces of rust.
Dip the shower head into the bucket and pull it out while it is upside down to empty the water out of it. Then, go on to step two.
Step 2: Brush The Shower Head With A Baking Soda Paste
Once you have removed the obvious debris, this step uses a baking soda paste to further loosen and remove it. The baking soda provides a gentle, yet effective, abrasive that scrubs away surface-level rust and lime scale. It also works with the vinegar used in the next step to fully unclog the holes.
In a small dish, mix together three tablespoons each of water and baking soda. Dip an old toothbrush into the paste and carefully scrub the outside of the shower head. Make sure you use circular motions around the holes so the bristles can penetrate them with the paste.
After you have scrubbed the outside, use the brush to apply the paste to the inside of the shower head. Once the surface has been coated with the paste, replace the shower head and proceed to the next step.
Step 3: Rinse With Water And Vinegar
Once you have the shower head replaced, the third step uses a bag full of vinegar along with the pressure from the water stream to fully unclog the holes. The vinegar reacts with the baking soda to remove any rust at the deepest level. It also dissolves the remaining lime scale.
Pour a cup of vinegar into a quart-sized plastic bag. Place the bag over the shower head so that it is fully submerged. Then, use a piece of twine or a twist tie to attach it to the pipe. Let the bag remain for an hour to give the vinegar time to work.
After an hour has passed, remove the twine or twist tie. Hold the bag over the shower head with your hand, leaving an opening at the top for the water to escape. Turn the shower on a quarter of the way for two minutes. The water pressure will force any remaining clogs from the holes, as well as continue forcing vinegar around the shower head.
Once two minutes has passed, turn the shower on maximum strength for five minutes. This will complete the rinsing of the shower head.
After you have completed the above steps, you may still have low water pressure or an uneven stream. This could be a sign there is a clog deep within the pipes. If so, you may want to contact a plumber to diagnose the problem and discuss the next best course of action.