After months of staying around the house to avoid coronavirus, many of us have started to really notice all of the little annoyances that we’d normally let slide. You know what we mean… That tiny scuff mark on the door; that curtain that’s ever so slightly out of place; that slow or dripping faucet.
While you can’t fix everything around your home, cleaning your faucets and showerheads is an important maintenance task you can tackle in no time — and using only supplies that you most likely already have on hand!
The Importance of Keeping Your Faucets and Showerheads Clean
It’s easy to take these kitchen and bathroom fixtures for granted — until something goes wrong. When functioning properly, our showerheads provide us with a comforting cascade of warm water to help us clean off on grimy summer days. Our faucets, meanwhile, help us wash our hands to stop the spread of emerging pathogens, fill our pots at dinnertime, and do the dishes each night.
Over time, however, metallic faucets and showerheads can become overrun with calcium deposits and hard water buildup. These deposits can cause your system to run less efficiently, leading to low or inconsistent water pressure.
At the same time, damp faucets and showerheads can become a breeding ground for unwelcome germs and bacteria. Many residential showerheads, for instance, have been shown to play host to “Mycobacterium,” a bacteria that can cause lung disease and which can live easily in the slimy “biofilm” within a shower nozzle, as Better Homes & Gardens explains.
The Plastic Baggie Trick: A No-Mess Way to Clean Your Faucets and Showerheads
Many people try to avoid cleaning their faucets and showerheads — primarily because the idea of taking apart these fixtures and giving them a deep cleaning inside and out seems intimidating.
Fortunately, there is a tried-and-true method for “de-gunking” and cleaning these important fixtures in minutes, with no tools or assembly required. We call it the “plastic baggie” method.
- A large plastic bag (it has to be large enough to fit fully around your shower head or faucet nozzle)
- A rubber band
- Distilled white vinegar
- Dish soap (optional)
- Baking soda (optional)
- A toothbrush or microfiber cloth
Here’s how it works, in five quick and simple steps:
1.) Fill the ziploc bag with your cleaning solution. For a basic solution that can help remove buildup from your showerhead or faucets, use distilled white vinegar and just a bit of water. To help elevate the clean, consider adding a bit of baking soda and dish soap. The baking soda will help the vinegar foam up for a more aggressive clean, while the dish soap can help polish up your fixture.
2.) Secure the bag to the faucet or showerhead. Use the rubber band to create a tight seal.
3.) Allow the fixture to soak in the vinegar or cleaning solution. Wait at least 30 minutes to an hour; for a particularly clogged or dirty showerhead or faucet, you can let soak for a few hours to overnight.
4.) Remove the plastic baggie and solution. To get rid of residual debris, grime, or buildup, scrub the head with a toothbrush and hot water. Polish dry with a soft cloth.
5.) Run water through the fixture. This will help flush out the remaining vinegar — and, hopefully, any leftover calcium deposits.
It’s that easy! For best results and next steps, here are a few key things to keep in mind:
- Always use soft-bristled brushes and cloths on faucets and showerheads. Harder materials can mar and scuff chrome, brass, and other finishes.
- When using a new cleaning solution, always consider testing it on a hard-to-see section of the surface first. This way, you can tell if it causes damage or an unwanted reaction before moving forward. Be sure to read installation instructions and any manufacturer’s warranties before taking action.
- Keep the bathroom and kitchen well-ventilated as you clean. Run a fan or open a window to help get rid of vinegar fumes.
- Avoid using bleach on your showerhead. Studies have shown that this powerful disinfectant may actually lead to more bacteria growth in certain showerheads — plus, it can harm your skin and damage your clothes if not handled properly.
- For a surface-level clean, most faucets, taps, and fixtures can be brought back to life with dish soap, water, and a clean soft cloth. Use a toothbrush to get into the awkward nooks and crannies. Baby oil can also provide a gleaming, reflective shine on chrome fixtures.
- Be sure to regularly clean out your drain, sink basin, tub, and shower walls to get rid of unwanted bacteria, germs, and mold.
Ready to Tackle a Deep Clean? We Are Here for You
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