There are millions of cleaning products out there designed to help us clean away all the crazy buildup that water can leave on our showers, each one claiming to be better than the last. There are cleaners for soap scum, hard water, descaling, unclogging things, and polishing other things. Of course, as with most things, the best solution is the simplest! I’ve heard about this one before, but didn’t really believe that it would work that well for me, especially because we have crazy minerally well water out here.
So, did it work for me? You betcha! And if it worked for me, and as quickly as it did, I’m 100% sure that it will work for you too. What a relief it is to have a shower that actually works without spraying in a billion different directions again!
So here’s what I did!
I started out with a really clogged shower head. This is the one in our older, not-yet-renovated washroom, but it’s the shower that we all use most often these days. Only about half of the little spray jets were actually working and you would almost always get sprayed right in the face when you were turning the shower on and trying to adjust the temperature. It was probably pretty funny, but it was also really really annoying.
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This problem is so so easy to fix and I’ll be doing this regularly from now on in both our washrooms whenever the shower head gets even the slightest bit clogged. I just grabbed a large ziplock freezer bag, filled it about half full with white vinegar, and put it over the shower head so that the front of the shower head was dipped in the vinegar. Then I tied a hair elastic around the whole thing to hold it in place, and went about my day!
I did this at about 8am and I planned to leave it all day before checking my results, but Chris was working on something on our other renovation in our other bathroom that morning and about an hour later he decided he wanted to take a shower. I thought I’d have to restart this experiment afterwards, but to our surprise, when he took the bag off and turned the shower on, it worked perfectly!
And just like that, our shower was working like new again!
Needless to say, we’re all pretty excited about this little fix-up around here. I definitely encourage you to add this trick to your bathroom cleaning routine if you don’t do this already!
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.