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VickyA
Old 13-08-2004, 2:09 PM
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Default Descaling a shower head?

Hi,

Does anyone know a fool proof way of descaling a shower head? We've only been in our house for 2 weeks and it's building up! The shower bit is one of those tap adaptor things, so not the most expensive of things - and I can't take it apart to clean it.

Any ideas?

Thanks ;D
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Old 13-08-2004, 2:11 PM
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if its plastic, soak in white vinegar for couple hours, and rinse thouroughly.
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Old 13-08-2004, 2:26 PM
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pour some vinegar and lemon juice into a plastic bag

put the head in the bag sitting in the mixture

tie an elastic band round the top of the bag and leave it for a few hours

thatll do it

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Old 13-08-2004, 2:31 PM
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Thanks alot both of you. Will put it in to soak when I go to the pub tonight! ;D ;D ;D
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Old 13-08-2004, 3:36 PM
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Default Re: Descaling a shower head?

cathy... when you often refer to "vinegar" to clean things ... what sort ?? ..

you sometines say "white vinegar" ... is this distilled vinegar ??? .. a la sarsons or tesco brand etc.

Sometimes i think you say "wine vinegar" ??

I'm confused .. help please !!
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Old 13-08-2004, 4:28 PM
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Default Re: Descaling a shower head?

Pennymakespounds

I use distilled vinegar, before I cottoned on to buying it in 5 gallon cartons from the cash & carry I used to use Sarsons distilled but it was very expensive. In an emergency I have used malt vinegar but the smell did not seem to evaporate nearly as much as distilled when it dried.

Hope this helps
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Old 13-08-2004, 9:44 PM
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Default Re: Descaling a shower head?

white vinegar and distilled vinegar is the same thing

dont get the one that says !non brewed condiment

cos thats not vinegar

the only time !I use brown vinegar is for the weeds and the drains

Sometimes i think you say "wine vinegar" ??


I dont recall ever saying wine vinegar if I did it must have been a typo


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Old 30-08-2004, 3:46 AM
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My shower head is attached to the wall and is metal with the part the water comes through being plastic. What's the best way to descale this?

Thanks in advance
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Old 30-08-2004, 9:33 PM
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lemon juice and vinegar in a plastic bag. tie it round shower head with garden tie or lazzy band and leave to soak for a couple of hours

;D ;D
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Old 01-09-2004, 9:41 AM
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Cathy, you are a star ;D
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Old 01-09-2004, 3:39 PM
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Old 01-09-2004, 10:19 PM
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Default Re: Descaling a shower head?

I soooo wish I had read this thread before this morning, as I kept meaning to descale my shower head (London water, extra-hard!).

Instead I ignored it and this morning when my husband went in the shower, the hose exploded because of too much pressure and he got scalded (and the shower head is now broken and has to be replaced GRRRRRRR).

So, people, take heed! Descale your shower head!

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oooh nasty that, is he ok??

occasionally when we lived in London, we would put a couple of bags of washing soda in the water tank in the loft (hot water) and let it sit there overnight then let it run through the system, it really kept the limescale down, I used to do all my washing with that water on a saturday or sunday morning, the old fart would swap the washing maching hoses over so the machine filled with hot water then put them back, id do all thecurtains and bedding and towels etc then our clothes and by that time the washing soda had gone and we could get baths etc

lot of messing but only about 4 times a year

use washing soda in the washer as well as it stops the pipes furring up.

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Old 02-09-2004, 3:22 PM
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Default Re: Descaling a shower head?

Thank you for your concern Cathy, he is ok, just a (small) nasty red mark on his arm due to the steam coming out of the tube as it burst.

We don't have a tank, we are on the mains only, so we cannot do the trick you described.

How do I put washing soda in the machine? With the soap (we use the Faith in Nature liquid thingy - bought in bulk of course hehe) or in the conditioner space (we don't use any conditioner, find it a waste of time and money and we like our towels ROUGH!!). Can this be done to the dishwasher as well?

Thanks again

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Old 02-09-2004, 6:25 PM
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just put it in the drawer follow the instructions on the bag

and only use a quarter of your usuall amount of soap powder cos it softens the water and the suds are much more than usual

yes you can put it in the dishwasher just put a tablespoon full in the bottom of the dishwasher and use as normal, dont forget to quarter the amount of powder again

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use white vinegar as a softner caterina its great and keeps the machine clean as well

just use what you would use if it were softner

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Old 02-09-2004, 8:55 PM
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Thank you Cathy, for your great advice as always!



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lemon juice and vinegar in a plastic bag. tie it round shower head with garden tie or lazzy band and leave to soak for a couple of hours

;D ;D
Excellent tip. I used a sandwich bag and some out of date white wine vinegar and a bit of lemon juice and after 2 hours soaking the plastic shower head it is now spotless.
I have spent ages trying to scrub of the black soap scum marks and nothing would shift them until now.
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Old 12-01-2007, 3:08 PM
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Question Descaling

Hi
It's been ages since i've posted and i've had a quick check but couldn't see anything relating to my query.

Is there an Old style way of descaling a shower head rather than just buying a bottle of descaler?

I'm sure there's somebody on here that know's this at the drop of a hat.

Thanks in advance

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There's a post about this in the Collections section - Cleaning - Vinegar - Kettles and Showers

And the answer is.......vinegar

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