How to remove limescale from shower heads

Have you noticed that your shower isn’t flowing nicely anymore? This probably means that there is limescale build up inside the shower head clogging it up and not allowing the water to flow. In fact, 60% of the UK has hard water, which means the water has high levels of calcium and magnesium.

These minerals cause limescale build up wherever you are using water. But not to worry. There is a cheap and easy way to remove limescale from shower heads without using harsh chemicals and using items that you may find in your kitchen. Vinegar is good at dissolving limescale. But do you use it to remove limescale from a shower head? Easy. Fill a small plastic bag with vinegar and place it over your shower head, making sure to immerse the bottom half of the shower head in the vinegar. Secure the bag with an elastic band or string and let it soak for one to two hours.

Remove the bag and scrub the shower head with an old toothbrush or towel. If this does not remove all the limescale, you can add a few tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda into the vinegar and repeat the process. The same vinegar or vinegar and bicarbonate of soda solution can be used to clean other limescale deposits you may find around your home. Taps in the bathroom and kitchen are good candidates and probably have limescale build up around the edges as well. In fact, vinegar is a wonderful, cheap, non-toxic cleaning solution for your home and should be included in your regular home cleaning routine.