3 Ways to Clean Shower Head Rubber Nozzles

Updated on March 16, 2022

Are you wondering how to clean shower head rubber nozzles? Have you ever stepped into the shower and noticed that some of the nozzles were spraying in random directions, while other’s weren’t spraying anything at all? We’ve all been there!

I’m sure you wondered if there was something wrong with your shower head or if it just needed a good cleaning. Chances are, your shower head’s nozzles were just clogged with hard water deposits, calcium, and lime. But how exactly do you go about fixing this problem?

Trust me, it’s much easier than you may think! I’m here to tell you how to deep clean your shower head and how to prevent it from getting super clogged again in the future.

How To Clean Your Shower Head

One of the things that happens to anything that is often in contact with water is the build-up of calcium, lime, and hard water deposits. The good news is, most showerheads produced now have flexible rubber nozzles, often made from silicone and other flexible rubbers.

These showerheads rubber nozzles are very easy to surface clean between more in-depth cleanings where you’d take it apart and get the entire head clean.

One thing to keep in mind is that with these rubber nozzles, you do need to be careful about what type of cleaning solution you choose to use for cleaning your shower head. Anything too strong can damage the rubber nozzles, which is not something you want to do.

How to Clean The Surface of Your Shower Head

Surface cleaning of your rain shower head is super easy! All you have to do is run your hand across all of the rubber nozzles on the face of the showerhead to knock all of the crusty deposits off of the outside of the nozzles.

If you still see mineral deposits and hard water build up on the surface of your shower head, you can also take a soft bristle toothbrush and gently scrub the face of the showerhead to loosen up any leftover debris. Doing this will help maintain the spray pattern, preventing the issue of having some of the nozzle spraying out in random directions.

Deep Cleaning Your Shower Head

If your shower head is still spraying randomly or has nozzles that are not spraying due to being clogged even after surface cleaning the face of your shower head, that means it’s time to deep clean the showerhead.

There are a few ways you can do this.

1. Plastic Bag Method

This method is the easiest deep cleaning method since you don’t have to take your shower head apart.

  • All that you need to do is fill a plastic bag halfway with regular white vinegar, place it over your shower head, and secure it with a rubber band, twist tie, or tape.
  • Leave the bag on the showerhead for a few hours or overnight, remove it, and then wipe your shower head with a damp rag.
  • Turn on the water and watch the water flow out of the nozzles in the same direction exactly as it should.

2. Bucket Soak

If you have a larger shower head that won’t fit in a baggie this method should get it nice and clean.

  • First, turn off the water to your house so you don’t accidentally spray yourself in the face when you take the shower head off of the pipe.
  • Take the showerhead off of the pipe and place it in a bucket.
  • Cover the showerhead in white vinegar and let it sit for a few hours or overnight.
  • After it has soaked for the desired amount of time, rinse it with hot water and put it back on the pipe.
  • Turn on the water and make sure the water comes out of all of the nozzles and all goes in the same direction.

3. Cleaning the Inside

This method should be used if soaking the head doesn’t quite do the trick.

  • Before you start, make sure the water to your house is turned off so you don’t get sprayed when you take the shower head off of the pipe in your shower.
  • Unscrew the showerhead from the pipe and disassemble it so you can locate the screen.
  • Gently remove the screen and set the showerhead aside.
  • Run the screen under hot water and let the water run over it.
  • If that doesn’t get it clean, you can gently scrub it with a soft toothbrush.
  • Take your toothbrush and scrub the inside of the showerhead and rinse it well to ensure there’s no gunk or chunks left.
  • After that, you can soak the whole thing in vinegar again to ensure it’s completely clean.
  • Once you remove the showerhead from the vinegar soak, give it a good rinse, put it back together, and put it back on the pipe.
  • Run the water to ensure it’s working properly.

I hope this guide helps you successfully get your shower head nice and clean! Now you know how to clean shower head rubber nozzles.