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How to Clean Rainfall Shower Head: Shower Maintenance 101

how to clean rainfall shower head
Written by Jenny Molin

If you have hard water in your home supply, the minerals will build up in those places that are in contact with the water. Hard mineral build-ups are pretty common over faucets and shower heads.

So, it’s natural to be curious about how to clean rainfall shower heads the best way. That’s where we come in.

There are multiple ways you can get rid of these annoying build-ups that are destroying the look of your shower/kitchen.

Join us as we explore the ways you can clean your rainfall shower heads easily.

We’ll talk about the best remedies and how you can clean your shower heads in this step-by-step guide. Let’s get started right away.

How to Clean Rainfall Shower Head – Step by Step

Things you’ll need

    • Distilled white vinegar
    • Water
    • An old toothbrush
    • Soft cloth
    • Plastic bag and elastic band/string/cord (if you have a non-detachable rainfall shower head)
    • Baking soda (for deep cleaning)
    • Wrench (if you cannot simply unscrew the shower head by untwisting it)

Clean a Rainfall Shower Head

How to Clean Rainfall Shower Heads (Detachable)

1) Detach the showerhead from its base by untwisting it. You might need a wrench.

2) Prepare a plastic container with equal parts of distilled white vinegar and water, and submerge the shower head in it.

3) Let the shower head soak in the vinegar solution for a minimum of half an hour. Soak for an hour for optimum results.

4) Rinse the shower head with water after taking it out of the container.

5) Remove any residual limestone left in the shower head using an old toothbrush.

6) After rinsing it again with water, wipe it off with a soft cloth.

7) Lastly, reattach the shower head to the base and turn on the shower to flush out leftover limescale or vinegar.

Optional Step

  1. Before soaking the shower head in the vinegar and water solution, place it so that the nozzles face down.
  2. Pour 5-7 tablespoons of salt into the head that is used to twist the shower head into its base.
  3. Pour some of the solution prepared earlier down the head so that it flows through the shower nozzle along with the salt.
  4. Now place the shower head into the plastic container and follow the above-mentioned steps as instructed.

rainfall shower head clean

How to Clean Rainfall Shower Heads (Fixed)

1) Find a plastic bag that is spacious enough to fit over your shower head.

2) Fill the bag halfway with equal parts of distilled white vinegar and cool water.

3) Make sure to slip the bag on the shower head so that it covers the entirety of it.

4) Tie the top of the plastic bag to the shower head securely using an elastic rubber band, string or cord.

5) Let the shower head soak in the vinegar solution for a minimum of half an hour. Soak for an hour for optimum results.

6) Remove the plastic bag and turn on the shower to flush out leftover limescale or vinegar.

7) Wipe over the shower head with a wet sponge.

8) Remove any residual limestone left in the shower head and nozzles using an old toothbrush.

9) Wipe the showerhead with a soft cloth.

10) Repeat until all dirt and limescale has been cleared.

How to deep clean a showerhead

  1. Detach your shower head.
  2. Get a plastic container and add distilled white vinegar and a few tablespoons of baking soda to the liquid.
  3. Submerge the shower head in the liquid entirely and leave it to soak overnight. The solution of vinegar and baking soda will unclog the passages.
  4. Rinse the shower head.
  5. Reattach your shower head and turn it on to get rid of any leftover solution.
  6. Wipe it off gently with a soft piece of cloth.

Tips And Tricks

  • Avoid using bleach as it is caustic and could destroy your clothes. Chlorine bleach may also encourage bacterial growth in showerheads which might be counterproductive in the long run.
  • If yours is a detachable shower head but you simply don’t want to detach it because of the hassle, you can follow the fixed shower head cleaning method mentioned above. However, the downside is that it will not give you a thorough clean if the shower head is full of limescale.
  • You can prevent further limescale build-up with this simple trick – ensure your shower head is dry after your shower by wiping it off with a cloth. You can also unscrew the head if it is detachable to remove any unattached debris or limescale before it becomes a problem. Repeat this process monthly for a perfectly unclogged shower head for longer periods of time.
  • Avoid using hard bristle brushes as shower heads with chrome finishes are prone to scratching.
  • Ensure that your workspace is well-ventilated as fumes from the cleaning solution may be harmful to some individuals.
  • Avoid using commercial or industrial products for cleaning your shower head as most manufacturers warn against using them. Harsh chemicals might be harmful to the material of the shower head.
  • Some shower heads, such as the Hansgrohe overhead showers, come with a quick-release function. This allows you to quickly detach it, which makes cleaning your shower head extremely convenient. Checking whether your shower head comes with this feature before delving into the cleaning process will save you lots of time and effort. You can find this information in the shower head installation manual. Even if you lost the manual, the information can be found on the product website.


1. Can I clean my shower head using only household items?

Ans: As mentioned above, you can clean your rainfall shower head using items that are probably already in your pantry. These items are readily available and can be purchased easily.

2. How do I get rid of the mineral buildup in my shower head?

Ans: You can massage the nozzles and remove the mineral deposits. If this fails to get rid of all the build-up, you can also use a toothpick to detach the debris.

About the author

Jenny Molin

Interior Design Artist

Hello, I’m Jenny. I’ve been an interior design artist by profession since my B.S. in Interior Design. I’m a minimalist and prefer to save space when choosing fixtures, sinks and fittings. My style tends to make the most out of the least amount of space. The idea behind every interior design project is unique and it reflects personal style, taste and tradition. I’ve learned more when working than I ever did while I was studying in college. I worked in more than 12 hundred households all across the US and got positive feedback. I’ve been working with FaucetsReviewed as one of the founding members and regularly contributing to the site via testing and reviewing various interior fittings and fixtures.

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