Not only limescale, but also bacteria: how to quickly clean a shower head from dirt
Limescale is caused by hard tap water. It is virtually impossible to prevent its appearance, because mineral salts of calcium and magnesium, settling on surfaces, form characteristic white deposits. In the absence of regular cleaning, scale build-up can damage plumbing fixtures.
Shower heads are the most susceptible to limescale. To eliminate this problem, experts have shared tips on how to clean shower heads without using harmful chemicals.
The dangers of limescale
The unattractive appearance of surfaces affected by limescale is just the tip of the iceberg. Cleaning experts emphasize that shower heads can harbor billions of bacteria. The accumulation of limescale creates a breeding ground for harmful microorganisms.
The main sign that the watering can is too dirty is uneven water flow from the holes. The water literally splashes in all directions because the holes are clogged with limescale.
In addition, given that the bathroom is usually warm and humid, you should also be wary of mold. Fungal spores multiply extremely quickly and can lead to respiratory diseases, allergies, and dermatitis.
The most effective solution is white vinegar. It is an environmentally friendly, effective, and safe ingredient that not only cleans surfaces but also disinfects and eliminates unpleasant odors. Four simple steps will be enough.
Step 1. First of all, remove the shower head from the handle and place it in a bucket, bowl, large pot, or any other container. If your shower head is attached to the wall, don't worry, you can clean it with vinegar without removing it.
Step 2. If you've managed to remove the head, make sure you keep all the screws and parts, as they will be important for preventing leaks when you put it back together. Fill the container of your choice with vinegar and disassemble the shower head as much as possible, for example, remove the front part. If you are using warm or hot vinegar, leave the shower head in for 30 minutes. If you use cold vinegar, it's better to leave the head overnight.
Step 3. Scrub the head with a toothbrush to make sure that limescale is removed from the surface.
If you have a fixed shower head that cannot be removed, fill a plastic bag with vinegar and tie it securely with a rubber band around the head, making sure it is completely submerged in the liquid. Leave the bag overnight to soak, and in the morning rinse the watering can with running water.
Earlier, OBOZ.UA told how to get rid of limescale on faucets.