shower head

Before you go spending excessive amounts on expensive cleaning sprays filled with chemicals, we have a couple of foolproof methods which can help you descale a showerhead. You will find that descaling a fixed shower head can seem to be more challenging than a removable one, we have the trick for you. 

The worst kept secret to banishing limescale is VINEGAR!

Method 1: Vinegar

A quick internet search on ‘How to descale any household object?’ will almost always lead to vinegar. Choosing the correct type of vinegar will make all the difference. Leave the brown and malt vinegar for your fish and chips, and stick to the white distilled vinegar to banish the limescale.

Handheld showerheads

  • Firstly remove the showerhead from the hose. When doing this be careful not to lose the rubber washer as this stops water from leaking between the head and the hose.
  • Next put the showerhead in a bucket or plastic container and cover it with white vinegar.
  • Leave the showerhead to soak in the vinegar for at least 30 minutes, preferably around an hour is best. If your shower head is brass, do not leave it in the vinegar for any longer than 30 minutes.
  • Once the time is up take the showerhead out of the vinegar and rinse it with water.
  • Use an old toothbrush to remove any remaining limescale, paying special attention to the nozzle.
  • Rinse again with water and polish with a soft cloth.
  • Finally, reattach to the hose making sure the rubber washer is in there, and turn on the shower to flush out any remaining limescale.

Fixed showerheads

  • Firstly take a plastic bag that is big enough to fit over your showerhead and half fill it with vinegar.
  • Next place it over the head until the head is completely submerged in the vinegar and use some string or an elastic band to tie it in place. Be careful not to get any in your eyes.
  • The same as you would do with a handheld head leave for at least 30 minutes, preferably around an hour. If your shower head is brass, do not leave it in the vinegar for any longer than 30 minutes.
  • Once the time is up turn on the shower to flush out any deposits left inside the showerhead. Again be careful not to get any spray in your eyes.
  • Repeat the process if necessary until all the limescale has gone.

Method 2: Specialist limescale cleaners

Unfortunately, heavy build-ups may be resistant to the vinegar which means you may have to turn to chemicals. Many brands make sprays specially designed to remove limescale, you will be able to find these at your local supermarket. Just be careful when using these, always read the labels and follow the instructions.