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Degunk your shower heads in one hour with this hack

by Gudrun Roland (2020-01-27)

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id="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> A zip-close storage bag, rubber band, water and either CLR cleaning solution or plain white vinegar -- plus one hour -- equals no more clogged shower head.

Dale Smith/CNET If you've realized that the water flow from your once-torrential shower head has become a mere trickle, mineral buildup from hard water is probably to blame. Luckily, you can fix this problem with minimal effort -- all you need is just over an hour and a few common household supplies. 

First gather a zip-close food storage bag (like one from Ziploc or Hefty brands) and a sturdy rubber band. Next, locate either some calcium, lime and rust-removing cleaning solution (like CLR brand) -- or, in a pinch, a bottle of white vinegar -- then set aside about 60 minutes to let science do the work for you.

The problem with your jets stems from hard water, which has high levels of dissolved solids -- primarily calcium and magnesium -- according to the Water Quality Association. If you have any sort of questions relating to where and how to utilize needs throughout Stafford VA and the surrounding area. From Fixing clogged, you could call us at our own website. Over time, these chemicals bond with the metal and plastic in your shower head, causing a buildup that appears as crusty bits around the water spouts. 

Now playing: Watch this: Adding smarts to your bathroom remodel 2:33 As this plumbing plaque accrues over time, the holes start to close up and water has to work harder to shoot out. If ignored, eventually it can stop up your spout completely. Shower filters are one way of preventing the problem, but to open up an existing clog, don't worry about calling a plumber, buying expensive replacement hardware or setting aside a whole afternoon to fix it. 

Here's how to degunk your shower head.

1. Gather your cleaning gear
First, gather your supplies. If you've got a small shower head, a sandwich-sized bag should do, but for larger hardware you might have to whip out a gallon bag. You'll need a rubber band to tie it up, and water can get heavy, so be sure to use a strong one. The kind used to hold together produce like asparagus or broccoli is perfect, but your run-of-the-mill rubber band from an office supply store will do, although you might need more than one, especially for a gallon bag. 

For the cleaning solution, you'll need a 50/50 solution of either CLR household cleaner (available at most grocery stores, Walmart and Amazon) or white vinegar (the stuff in your cupboard will do) and plain ol' shower water.

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