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Bathroom Cleaning

How to Clean the Shower Head

Limescale and soap scum can quickly build up on the shower head – find out how to remove stubborn stains & keep your shower head clean here.

Shower heads are extremely prone to limescale, which can build up and prevent the water from flowing correctly. Fortunately, if you need to clean limescale from your shower head, it will only take a few hours – and only a few minutes of cleaning effort from you! Follow the below methods for cleaning shower heads to leave them spotless and limescale-free.

How To Clean Shower Head & Remove Limescale

When cleaning shower heads built up with limescale, white vinegar can be really effective! However, using vinegar can take a few hours to work properly, so you may prefer to use a specialist cleaning product, like Jif Bathroom Spray. Whichever product you use, make sure to follow the directions on the label and test it in a small area first. You will also want to rinse the product thoroughly before using the shower as normal.

How to Clean A Shower Head with Vinegar

How to Clean the Shower Head

If using white vinegar, this is the easiest way to clean the shower head:

  • Remove the shower head if possible.
  • Fill a bag with white vinegar, and tie it around the shower head with a rubber band. Make sure that the affected area of the shower head is covered with the vinegar.
  • Leave for several hours for the vinegar to take effect.
  • Carefully remove the bag, and then scrub and rinse off any remaining limescale with a clean, soft sponge.
  • Run the shower for a few minutes to remove any lingering smell of vinegar before using the shower as normal.

Cleaning Shower Heads ­with Commercial Products

Many cleaning products are specifically designed to combat limescale, and these products are easy to use (and often take much less time that 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.

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Top Tip


When vinegar just won’t do the job, use a product like Jif Bathroom Spray. Designed to be relentless on soap scum, you can clean your shower head quickly, with minimal effort! Just follow the directions on the label.