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July 29th, 2017 at 3:24 am

Using vinegar to remove limescale from a showerhead

We had some maintenance done in our main bathroom a few weeks ago and during that time we were using the guest bathroom. No problem, right?
Well, when we were able to start using the main shower again we found a problem…

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As you can see in the above photo, all the lime scale that was already in the shower head seemed to have hardened and clogged the holes in the showerhead.

Here’s a close-up view of the nozzles, blocked by hard limescale:


Don’t panic if this happens to you because the solution is cheap and simple: vinegar!


I went to the supermarket, bought a few bottles of vinegar, then submerged the showerhead in vinegar and left it overnight.
If you can’t remove your showerhead for whatever reason, don’t worry. Just tie a plastic bag full of vinegar up and around your showerhead for a few hours.

The result:


The next day (wearing gloves because vinegar stinks!) the hard limescale had turned to a sludgy deposit and most of it fell out, leaving most nozzles clear and free from obstruction.

As for the remaining clogged nozzles, I simply reinstalled the showerhead and the pressure blew out whatever soft sludgy deposits remained.

Good as new:


It’s a cheap and eco-friendly method to clear limescale from a blocked showerhead and I hope you find it useful.
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  • Chris
    7:37 am on September 11th, 2017 1

    Slovak ocot (ocet in Czechia and Poland) is great for descaling kettles, taps, shower heads etc but I recently found it’s also good for removing the white crusting left on battery contacts by leaking alkaline batteries.
    Remember that ocot is way stronger than regular vinegar used in Western Europe and will eat its way through most metals in a short time, so keep a close eye when cleaning battery terminals or you’ll also end up removing the chrome plating.

  • Mike
    3:30 pm on December 15th, 2017 2

    I might try vinegar on the car windscreen as there always seems to be a build of of lime etc

  • homer again
    7:27 pm on February 28th, 2018 3

    another interesting post, i like ur choice of shower head, do u also have one directional like the one with the handle as well? cleanliness is like godliness they say so to me ur like a perfect husband since u enjoy doing the cleanings like me and keep the house nice. as u do to ur car.
    can u plz do a post about ur house showing us the rooms and lay out and talking a little about the price and finances and time of construction plz


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