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How to Green Clean Your Shower Head


| 12/28/2015 7:03:00 AM



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Do you have hard water? If so, you might notice a white build-up on your shower head. Most people assume that a shower head doesn’t need to be cleaned—after all, nothing touches it but running water.

However, not only does the build-up look bad, but the lime scale and mineral deposits from the water can clog your shower head and reduce the flow of water.

The solution is to regularly clean your shower head. It will look better, last longer and you’ll have better water pressure. You might be thinking that you don’t possibly have time to clean one more thing in your home, but the good news is that it’s cheap, easy and quick. You may already have the supplies in your kitchen cupboard—all you need is vinegar and baking soda.

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Steps for Green Cleaning Your Shower Head

1. Mix together 1 cup of vinegar and 1/3 cup of baking soda in a bucket or large bowl with hot water.

TraderJack
5/5/2018 3:26:18 PM

Rae is correct. Vinegar and baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) neutralize eachother to form carbon dioxide, water, and sodium acetate. Sodium acetate is good for making salt and vinegar flavored chips, but not very good for cleaning mineral deposits. For that you need an acid, like plain vinegar, lemon juice (citric acid) sour salt (citric acid), or glycolic acid. And if it is really bad, and not on aluminum, stone, or unglazed tile, toilet bowl cleaner (hydrochloric acid) works a treat!


TraderJack
5/5/2018 3:25:57 PM

Rae is correct. Vinegar and baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) neutralize eachother to form carbon dioxide, water, and sodium acetate. Sodium acetate is good for making salt and vinegar flavored chips, but not very good for cleaning mineral deposits. For that you need an acid, like plain vinegar, lemon juice (citric acid) sour salt (citric acid), or glycolic acid. And if it is really bad, and not on aluminum, stone, or unglazed tile, toilet bowl cleaner (hydrochloric acid) works a treat!


Rae
1/12/2016 7:01:57 AM

Vinegar and baking soda have a chemical reaction when mixed that turns the chemicals into H2O and CO2 (water and carbon dioxide). This means that you're scrubbing your shower head with water, or maybe a water and baking soda paste if all the baking soda didn't dissolve. Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda can be mixed to make an effective cleaning/scrubbing agent, or you could just soak the shower head in the vinegar over night and skip the baking soda, but mixing vinegar and baking soda is a waste of time and money since you're just turning the ingredients into water and then trying to scrub with that.




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