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A zippered storage bag, a rubber band, water and either CLR cleaning solution or white vinegar – plus an hour – mean that the shower head is no longer clogged.

Dale Smith / CNET

If the water from your once-flowing shower head has been trickling lately, it is probably due to the accumulation of minerals from hard water. Fortunately, you can solve this problem with minimal effort. All you need is a few household items and an hour for science to do the work for you.

First, collect a zipped food storage bag (like the one from Ziploc or Hefty) and a sturdy rubber band (the thicker the better). Next, choose either a calcium, lime, and rust removing cleaning solution (like the CLR brand) – or a white vinegar that works just as well – and set it aside for about 60 minutes if no one can shower.

According to the Water Quality Association, the problem is due to hard water, which has a high content of dissolved solids – especially calcium and magnesium. Over time, these chemicals combine with the metal and plastic in your shower head, causing them to build up as pieces of crust around the water jets.


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As this plumbing plate accumulates over time, the holes begin to close, creating a back pressure that reduces water emissions. Finally, if ignored, it can completely stop your leak. Shower filters are one way to avoid the problemHowever, if you want to open an existing clog, you don't have to call a plumber, buy expensive replacement hardware, or take an entire afternoon to fix the problem.

So you can easily detoxify your shower head.

1. Collect your cleaning supplies

First collect your supplies. If you have a small shower head, a sandwich-sized bag should be enough, but for larger hardware, you may need to whip out a gallon bag. You need a rubber band to attach it, and water can get heavy. Make sure to use a strong one. The type used to hold products like asparagus or broccoli together is perfect, but your regular office supply rubber band will do, although you may need more than one rubber band, especially for a gallon bag.

For the cleaning solution, you need a 50/50 solution of CLR household cleaner (available in most Walmart and Amazon grocery stores) or white vinegar (the stuff in your closet is enough) and plain old shower water.

2. Soak the dirt

Fill the bag halfway with CLR or white vinegar and then insert the shower head into the bag as well. Fasten it with the rubber bands and gently turn the water into the shower until the bag is full and mix the solution. Whatever you do, do not crank the shower at full speed, otherwise the sudden pressure can accidentally throw your plastic bag over your bathroom.

Next, set a timer for 60 minutes, either on your phone or with your smart home assistant. Here is How to set multiple timers with Google Home, as well as with Amazon's Alexa on Echo devices, Now go Relax with a podcast for the next hour.


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3. Wipe, rinse and (hopefully) do not repeat

After the timer has expired, remove the bag from your shower head and let the cleaning solution drain into the drain. Throw the bag in the trash and wipe your shower fittings with a damp cloth.

Then the moment of truth: switch on your shower (this time at full speed) and see how much stronger and more even it sprays. If for some reason there are still a few blocked spouts, you can repeat this process at any time. For most clogged shower heads, however, one round should suffice.

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Originally released last year. Updated regularly.