I used a ‘traditional’ cleaner to remove limescale from my shower head

Daily Express shares how to remove limescale from showerhead

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Limescale is a common occurrence in homes in hard water areas. While limescale may not look like much of a problem, it can cause blockages and lead to low water pressure. While limescale itself is unsightly to look at, microorganisms and bacteria can settle on the chalky deposits, making it look even more unpleasant.

Installing a water softener is one of the best, long-term ways to prevent a buildup of limescale without using chemicals.

However, this is not a simple fix and can be a pricey investment. Instead, homeowners often resort to using chemical limescale removers but these can smell pungent.

One natural method that can be effective is white vinegar. To see how well the natural hack works, Express.co.uk tested using white vinegar spray on shower heads to remove limescale.

Having a rain shower means it can be difficult to remove limescale effectively. Rain shower heads have a larger surface area and are sometimes difficult to detach from the base.

The below method details how to remove limescale from both rainfall shower heads and normal shower heads.


  • White vinegar (I used Stardrops white vinegar spray)
  • Freezer bags or a large container
  • An old toothbrush
  • Elastic band


1. Start by removing the shower head from the base and putting it either in a plastic container or in a freezer bag.

2. If it’s a normal shower head, put it in the freezer bag and fill it with white vinegar. Ensure the white vinegar completely submerges the limescale on the shower head.

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3. Secure the freezer bag closed with an elastic bag to make sure the white vinegar doesn’t leak.

4. Leave the shower head submerged in the vinegar for around half an hour to an hour.

5. It’s best to leave the shower head in the freezer bag in an upright position so it doesn’t leak.

6. Once it’s soaked, using an old toothbrush remove any remaining limescale and give the head a good rinse.

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7. If you’ve got a rainfall shower head, you will need to submerge the shower head in white vinegar in a container while following the same method.

Rather than a plastic container, I used a large bowl but a washing up bowl would work well for this.

8. After soaking the shower head for 30 minutes, the limescale started to flake off.

Using an old toothbrush to scrub the rest of the limescale worked effectively and removed the rest of the white chalky substance from the shower head.

My shower head looked sparkling afterwards and didn’t smell of vinegar once it was given a good rinse.

Stardrops White Vinegar Spray claims to be a “multi-purpose cleaning solution that is effective on limescale and is a traditional stain remover”.

It can be found in Asda for 99p and The Range for £1. Other white vinegar sprays are available.

Wilko Original White Vinegar Spray costs £1.50 and Dri-pak Clean & natural White vinegar costs £2 from B&Q.

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