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How to clean black mold on shower heads the easy way

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Black mold on a shower head can be both ugly to look at and dangerous for your health. If you are tired of scrubbing just to see it return, then consider the following cleaning tips.


Imagine you are about to take a shower and you look up to see black mold and gunk covering the shower head. You may choose to bathe in a different bathroom after seeing the buildup in your shower. Not only is it unpleasant to see, the dark slime can be filled with pathogens that affect your health in a negative way. Before you run screaming from the shower, consider these easy cleaning tips.

Why you need to clean your shower heads

A study from the University of Colorado at Boulder found that shower heads can be filled with bacteria that are sprayed all over your face and body when you turn them on. Researchers found significant levels of bacteria that formed slimy biofilms. Your shower head may be a breeding ground for harmful pathogens such as mold. Some of the bacteria are responsible for respiratory illnesses, and diseases that are more serious. Dirty shower heads were responsible for an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease.

Another study found that a link between household molds and childhood asthma exists. Researchers analyzed samples of house dust and found mold. The mold in your bathroom can easily spread to other parts of the house. The research supports the idea that indoor mold may contribute to the development of asthma. Mold has also been linked to other health issues such as fibromyalgia.

How do you clean a shower head?

You may be tempted to turn to strong detergents to clean your shower head, but this can create a new set of problems. Some detergents are linked to fertility issues and other health problems, so you have to choose the cleaning products carefully. The best option is to choose natural cleaning methods that will not contribute to more respiratory or other issues. The following tips will help you clean.

How do you clean a shower head with baking soda?

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Baking soda is a natural alternative that can clean shower heads. You can mix baking soda with vinegar in a cup and allow the mixture to remove the buildup. A ratio of one to three can work with one cup of baking soda for three cups of vinegar. If you cannot easily detach the shower head from the wall, then consider covering it in a strong plastic bag that is filled with the baking soda and vinegar mixture. The bag can be taped to the fixture, or you can use rubber bands to attach it. You can rinse the shower head after it has soaked in the bag for several hours.

How do you clean a shower head with vinegar?

You can clean the shower head with plain, white vinegar and skip the baking soda. The process is similar to the one above and requires that you soak the head in several cups of vinegar. You can use the bag method, or remove the shower fixture to clean it. It is best to dilute one cup of vinegar with three cups of hot water before you begin.

Consider changing the construction

The placement of the shower heard in the bathroom matters. Depending on the height, it can be more or less difficult to reach to clean. The height can also affect the buildup of slime and mold on the shower head, so you may want to consider this when you renovate the bathroom.

“In construction, there’s no golden rule when installing shower heads, and no specific height requirement written down. However, most shower heads are placed at a height of 6 feet and 6 inches in modern houses. Most homeowners find this the most comfortable height that accommodates all members of the household. On the other hand, when you are doing some reconstruction or remodeling in your bathroom and installing a new shower head, it’s important to take the average height of your family into consideration. Of course, the shower head should be taller than the tallest member of the family, but still reachable for children and people who must use the shower while sitting down,” explains The Art of Home Renovations.

Clean black mold on shower heads

Whether you decide to use a natural detergent or pick vinegar with baking soda, you have to clean the black mold on shower heads. Leaving it behind can affect your health because the black slime can become a breeding ground for dangerous germs.