Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Get the water pressure back with this quick DIY cleaning tip

Nothing wakes you up in the morning like a good shower. The perfect temperature and water pressure are key, but as showerheads age, they can become clogged with dirt and mineral build up, leaving you with a dribble instead of a downpour.  Here is a simple, eco-friendly solution to fix your showerhead and leave it working as good as new.

Start by removing the showerhead. Use a pipe wrench to grab the shower neck and a pair of pliers to unscrew the nut counterclockwise until it loosens. Make sure to protect the finishes on the unit with a cloth.

Next, soak the showerhead in vinegar overnight. The vinegar will breakdown and loosen the mineral deposits on the showerhead. Clean out the holes with a toothpick to remove any remaining deposits.

Reinstall the showerhead by reversing the technique used to remove it. Once it is back in place, turn the cold water on high to rinse out any remaining deposits and vinegar smell.

If you find the showerhead impossible to remove, try filling a plastic bag with vinegar and tying it on the showerhead overnight to loosen mineral deposits and remove the grime.   

For more information on how to clean your showerhead, check out the step-by-step guide at http://www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-Projects/Indoor-Projects/Bathrooms/Bathroom-Faucets/how-to-clean-showerheads/Step-By-Step#

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