Unclog a Faucet Shower Head in 4 Steps

Water dripping from a shower head

Your faucet shower head can become clogged from the build up of mineral deposits. Unclogging your faucet shower head and making it functional is easy and can be done with a few simple steps.

Step 1 - Wrap in Plastic

If there isn't a large amount of mineral build-up on your faucet head, you can pour some white vinegar into a plastic bag and put it around the entire head. Leave overnight and take the bag off in the morning. Let the shower run for a few minutes to clean out the remaining residue.

Step 2 - Remove the Shower Head

If the white vinegar doesn't work, then you should remove the shower head with a plumber's wrench for further cleaning. Protect the faucet head and pipe you're taking it off of by placing a cloth between the shower head and the teeth of the wrench.

Step 3 - Soak in Cleaner

Some commercial cleaners can remove mineral deposits like calcium, lime, and rust from your faucet shower head. Pour into a bowl and let the entire shower head soak according to the bottle's instruction. This will help to thoroughly clear the entire inside of the shower head. After soaking, rinse the faucet head with warm water and make sure all mineral residue has been removed.

Step 4 - Put the Faucet Back in

Take the clean faucet head and place it back into the pipe. Make sure to place the cloth you used previously between the wrench and the faucet head. Also, be sure that the faucet head is snug and sturdy within the pipe.