For our showers to form tiny streams of water, it needs rubber nozzles. These nozzles cover the tiny holes in the shower head and help guide the water in the right direction.
Taking care of them may seem tricky but knowing how to clean shower head rubber nozzles is half the battle. Keep reading to discover our tips and tricks.
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Why Do Shower Head Rubber Nozzles Get So Dirty?
Since showers spray water, it is easy to think that you only need to clean shower heads now and again. However, water can contain specific things that may make your rubber nozzles dirty.
Why Should You Clean A Shower Heads Rubber Nozzles Regularly?
All of these elements described above can clog your shower head, making uneven or irregular water flow an annoying reality if left untreated.
While sediment is not necessarily harmful, bacteria and mold can be. As the water sprays down, these spores enter the air or wash over your skin and enter your body; cleaning your showerhead kills bacteria and keeps this to a minimum.
General staining on your showerhead can make your bathroom feel unclean and look unpleasant overall. We recommend cleaning your shower head every week following our methods below.
How To Clean Shower Head Rubber Nozzles: The Easy Way
Want to clean your shower head but do not want any hassle? Here is a lowdown on how to clean stains off shower head rubber nozzles.
While it may seem like just cleaning the surface is enough, getting to the inside of the shower head will help unclog and remove pollutants.
The Vinegar Method
- 1Fill the plastic bag with equal parts water and white vinegar.
- 2Fit the bag over the showerhead and secure it with rubber bands to prevent leaking or premature removal.
- 3Leave the bag for at least an hour or overnight if possible.
Don’t have any vinegar? Here are some alternative methods:
The Baking Soda Method
- 1Mix equal parts water and baking soda in a bowl.
- 2Coat the shower head with the paste and wait 30 minutes.
- 3This method is particularly good for cleaning stains off shower head rubber nozzles.
The Coca Cola Method
- 1Remove the showerhead from the wall
- 2Put a can of coke in a bowl.
- 3Dip the head in and scrub gently with a cleaning toothbrush.
- 4Leave to soak for 30 minutes if necessary.
The Lemon Juice Method
- 1Spray lemon juice on a clean cloth and coat the showerhead.
- 2Let the showerhead sit for a few minutes.
- 1No matter which method you used, you must thoroughly rinse it with clean water once the showerhead has sat in the mixture.
- 2Dip your toothbrush in the mixture and rub circles into the nozzles.
- 3Rinse and shine the shower head’s surface.
Sometimes manufacturers may convince you that specific brand shower heads need special treatment. That depends on what the head is made of.
However, if you are looking into cleaning a Moen shower head with rubber nozzles, for example, these methods should work fine.
What To Avoid When Cleaning Rubber Nozzles On Showerheads
Rubber is a valuable but sensitive material that needs to be treated with care. Harsh chemicals and other items can damage the nozzles or remove them from the shower head altogether. Some things to avoid when cleaning showerheads include:
People Also Ask (FAQs)
What is the best thing to clean a shower head rubber nozzle with?
That depends on what the rest of your shower head is made of. We recommend giving some of our above methods a try to see which is right for you.
How long does a shower head rubber nozzle last?
There is much debate over this, but the typical range is six months to a decade with proper cleaning and maintenance. We recommend cleaning your shower head regularly and replacing it when you can afford to.
Can I replace the rubber nozzle in my shower head?
That depends on the model of shower head you have. Some manufacturers will replace them as part of a warranty, or you can sometimes find replacements on Amazon or eBay.
Rubber shower head nozzles are a practical but delicate part of our daily routine. By carefully cleaning them at least once every couple of weeks, you can save yourself money and potential health problems down the line.
Holly Curell is the editor extraordinaire for Plumbing Lab. Having grown up in Michigan, Holly has spent time living in New York, Virginia, & currently North Carolina, where she lives with her husband & family. Holly loves DIY & has years of experience with at-home plumbing problems that arise from having 3 kids & living in colder climates. When she’s not writing about her plumbing knowledge, Holly enjoys reading, hiking & relaxing with family.