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Clogged showerhead cure—courtesy of Walmart

There’s nothing like a good, solid, hot shower after a cold day. Or a day of mechanic-ing, gardening, playing with the grandkids, or whatever. But if you climb in the shower stall and crank up the water, you may find disappointment. That once-upon-a-time high-pressure flush can somehow seem to lose its luster. The tiny jets in showerheads can get clogged. We have the cure for a clogged showerhead. And Walmart (or just about any other grocery store you frequent) can help!

Mineral misery

As RVers, we’re often stuck with the water quality of wherever it is we’re traveling. Yes, some have water filter systems they fill their tanks with, or work as in-line scrubbers for city water. But the sad truth is, typical RV water filter systems don’t scrub out hard water. That’s water that’s loaded with dissolved minerals like calcium or magnesium. You may actually feel hard water. Wash your hands and yet it feels like there’s soap still on them? There are you are! Hard water isn’t uncommon in many parts of the country. Snowbird in the Desert Southwest? You know the problem! And those minerals will gradually build up with time, clogging your showerhead jets.clogged showerhead

Better living through chemistry

The answer to the clogged showerhead is to rid the jets of those unwelcome minerals. You could approach it from a mechanical level. Picture yourself with a sewing needle, carefully poking away at each of those nozzles. Nah! Better living through chemistry! Those dissolved minerals are “basic” in nature, chemical opposites of acidic. What you need in the battle of the basics is a challenger from the acid group!

Enter vinegar. Common white vinegar will chew away at those built-up mineral deposits, and with much greater efficiency than a sewing needle. And here’s where “Wally” enters the picture. Find yourself a leftover plastic grocery “T-shirt” bag. Inspect it carefully to ensure it doesn’t contain pinholes. Put your showerhead in the bag (if convenient to remove), dump in white vinegar, and let the clogged showerhead soak. If your water sprayer isn’t easily removed, then add vinegar to the bag and carefully raise the bag until the showerhead is immersed, and tie the bag to the shower head. You might consider wearing protective goggles—we’d hate to find out what vinegar in the eyes feels like.

Either way, allow the showerhead to soak in the vinegar for an hour. Don’t try using bleach as your attack-solution. It could ruin the finish of chrome, and as a “base” itself, won’t likely help much in dispatching the minerals. Rinse out the showerhead at the end of the soak cycle and reinstall it. Rip off those clothes and feel the warmth!

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Larry
25 days ago

….better yet, find a way to use that pickle juice after the last pickle has been eaten. A little pickle juice in a zip locked bag with the shower head….just relish the thought!

Gary W.
25 days ago

Still don’t see what Walmart has to do with this and I’ve never heard a plastic grocery bag called a T-shirt bag.

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Diane McGovern
25 days ago
Reply to  Gary W.

Don’t sweat the small stuff, Gary. BTW, I just looked for “t-shirt bags” on Amazon, and it came up with 70,000 results. See for yourself: https://amzn.to/3Ixx7YN 😆 Have a good night, and a terrific 2023! 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

Gary
24 days ago
Reply to  Diane McGovern

I guess when they are laid flat they look like a wife beater t-shirt.

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Diane McGovern
24 days ago
Reply to  Gary

I don’t know where they came up with the name. I thought it was because that’s what they put T-shirts in when people bought them. Weird, no matter what. Have a good evening/night, Gary. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

Sheri Ken
26 days ago

Really all this to CREDIT Walmart??? This is a fluff story and misleading. To find out the suggestion to use VINEGAR is what we’ve been doing for years. Our Grandparents used vinegar for many items! Our Doctors years ago and even to this day, VINEGAR is great to use for our health – ratio mixed with water. Sunburn, skin rehabilitation and hair rinse are a few! RVers: 1/4 part to a spray bottle or plastic bottle for your hair will Clean Scalp and Hair without the smell. NOTE: the tangles are gone and all the Heaviness Leftover from shampoo and conditioner are gone! Thereby having clean Shiny Soft Hair! Great REASON to use VINEGAR is it NOT Expensive as of yet and in the long run You are Healthier.

Dennis G.
26 days ago

Where we live hard-water kills our shower heads in under six months. Vinegar has always been my friend to restore the water flow.
As a retired mechanic, I’ve used vinegar to unclog radiators, and heater cores. The process does take time, but if you are working on your own project car, or are restoring hard to come by vintage units, this method works well.

Drew
26 days ago

I always thought that soapy feeling after you rinsed was from the water softeners- not hard water.

Sheri Ken
26 days ago
Reply to  Drew

Me too.

Joe Goomba
26 days ago

The bag probably isn’t the best idea. They always leak, and are easy to puncture. Just immerse the shower head in a bowl or pot from your RV kitchen.

Joe
26 days ago

We use a water softener and sometimes it doesn’t last as long and we find ourselves with hard water. Every now and then we find it necessary to tie a plastic baggy with white vinegar around the faucets and shower heads. Once a year I pump a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar to water throughout the whole water system and then turn on the water heater for a few hours, after I flush the system with soft water and then drain. Using a bore scope I can see inside the hot water heater and any buildup on the inside is completely gone after doing this.

Gary
26 days ago

What is a “T shirt” bag and who keeps them?

Tim.kyfl
26 days ago
Reply to  Gary

A plastic grocery bag. Doubles as a 3 gallon trash bag in my rig.

Brian
26 days ago

We have very hard water where I live so I keep 2 shower heads, when one gets “crusty” I just remove it and soak it overnight in the shop with vinegar while I install the other one. Next morning the one in the shop is like new and gets packed away for the next time.
(The shower head and the plastic container come from Home Depot:)

Last edited 26 days ago by Brian
Sheri Ken
26 days ago
Reply to  Brian

Let’s give CREDIT to Home Depot! 😆 LOL!

Stephanie
26 days ago

I use clear quart size zip lock bags and a twist tie to hold the bag with vinegar on. The clear bag helps to see how the cleaning is progressing and I can squish the bag to get the vinegar up into the shower head holes.

Bob
26 days ago

Walmart bags? You would be hard pressed to find a Walmart bag that doesn’t leak. They aren’t even good to carry your groceries without tearing!

tom
26 days ago

Cleaning Vinegar has a higher level of acid. You can even find 30%. Amazing power. Not for salads.

mimi
26 days ago

Vinegar is amazing. However, in my opinion only, there wasn’t any need to attribute the solution to Walmart. Any bag would accomplish the same thing and really, what does Walmart have to do with it?

Spike
26 days ago
Reply to  mimi

Click bait….makes one wonder what they have that no one else does.

Joe Goomba
26 days ago
Reply to  mimi

No one “attributed the solution to Walmart”. They were saying use a shopping bag, like you’d get from a store like Walmart.

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