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Creating More Flow...From Your Showerhead



Recently I stepped into the shower, as I try to do every day (hey, I have three kids and two jobs, so if I get a day off no promises) and I noticed something was off. My usually comforting rainfall shower head was acting more like I'd walked into a slight drizzle than an actual rainfall.

My first reaction, honestly, was panic. "SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH THE WATER PRESSURE!"

Of course, I imagined everything from we didn't pay the water bill and it was being shut off to a waterline leak to my hot water heater had exploded and my basement was flooding...all in a span of about 10 seconds. Thankfully, none of those were the cause of my pitiful shower. The culprit was a buildup of deposits inside the shower head itself.

Even more thankfully, this common problem can be easily fixed.

Now, I am NOT what one would call a very handily person overall. I know how to hammer and measure, but I do those only when my wife instructs me to. But this fix is so simple, you can be even less handy than I am and take care of this issue yourself!

Here’s what to do that works:

* Fill a plastic baggie about halfway up with white vinegar. (The sandwich-sized ones are fine, but the quart-sized ones are even better.)
* Lift the filled bag up and over the shower head, submerging the shower head holes in the vinegar.
* Secure the bag with a rubber band or twist-tie.
* Let the shower head soak for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
* Remove the bag of vinegar and dispose of. You may want to gently scrub around the holes with a soft brush before turning on the water.
* Your shower head will be clean and ready to go. Just turn the water on and go!



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