Your showerhead might seem like an unconventional area to focus on, but much like other appliances in your home, it also demands occasional maintenance. Mineral buildup and grime are inevitable, but what if we told you the key to an efficient, clean, and dazzling showerhead could be found in your kitchen or at local stores like Canadian Tire and Lowes?

Let's Get To It

The initial stages of cleaning may sound familiar if you've attempted DIY cleaning hacks. However, we've also included some advanced-level tips and chemical alternatives available at your local hardware stores for a more potent cleaning experience.

Materials Needed

  • A pitcher or large bowl
  • Gallon-size plastic bag
  • 1/2 cup of baking soda
  • 4 cups of white vinegar
  • 1 cup of water
  • Zip ties or strong rubber bands
  • CLR Calcium, Lime & Rust Remover (available at Canadian Tire and Lowes)

Step-by-Step Cleaning Process

  1. Inspect Your Showerhead: The first step is to play detective. Turn on the shower to see which nozzles aren’t functioning optimally. These are your target areas.
  2. Preparation: Using a gallon-size plastic bag and a pitcher, stabilize your bag by draping its edges over the pitcher's rim. Now, introduce 1/2 cup of baking soda, slowly followed by white vinegar. Relish the fizz but ensure the concoction doesn't overflow. To balance this effervescence, add a cup of water.
  3. Showerhead Spa Time: Depending on your showerhead’s design, you'll either wrap the bag around it or, for detachable models, immerse it entirely in a separate container. Using zip ties or rubber bands, ensure the bag is secured around the showerhead. Let it luxuriate in this spa treatment for a minimum of four hours, or for best results, overnight.
  4. Introducing Chemicals: If your water is hard or if previous cleaning attempts haven’t produced desired results, consider employing CLR Calcium, Lime & Rust Remover. Available at Canadian Tire, Lowes, and other hardware stores, this potent solution can be diluted with water and used in place of the vinegar and baking soda mixture. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for best results.
  5. Rinse and Shine: Once your showerhead has had its deep soak, remove the bag and pour out the used solution. Run the shower to dislodge any remaining deposits. With a soft cloth (microfiber is recommended), give the showerhead a gentle wipe to reveal its gleaming surface.
  6. Maintenance: For those who like to stay on top of things, keep a vinegar solution (sans baking soda) handy in a spray bottle. A bi-weekly spray and wipe can keep those mineral deposits at bay.

Frequency Matters

While we recommend a monthly deep-cleaning session, depending on your water’s hardness, you might need to tweak this schedule. Keeping an eye on the water flow and ensuring regular maintenance will make the monthly clean-up a breeze.

Remember, cleanliness isn’t just about aesthetics; it impacts functionality. A clean showerhead ensures optimal water pressure, providing a rejuvenating experience every time you step in. Want more such handy tips? We're dedicated to helping simplify your cleaning routine. Follow us on Instagram @cactus_cleaning, where we share a treasure trove of cleaning hacks, tips, and more.


A sparkling clean bathroom is just a few DIY steps away. Armed with everyday household items (and a secret weapon from Canadian Tire or Lowes for those stubborn mineral deposits), your showerhead can be as good as new. Dive into this cleaning routine and let your shower sing its joyous tune once more!