How to Clean a Shower Head with Bleach

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Cleaning the shower head isn’t always fun, but, it is absolutely necessary if you want to have a clean shower. Also, you won’t be able to take a nice hot shower if the shower head is clogged or full with nasty build-ups.

Therefore, cleaning of the shower head is quite important, and there’s no better way to do so than using bleach. However, bleach is a strong chemical substance and it requires you to take some safety steps first.

Anyhow, let’s see exactly how to clean a shower head with bleach.

How to Clean a Shower Head with Bleach

Safety First

We all know that bleach is highly effective when it comes to removing mold and mildew. But, working with bleach requires you to take some safety steps first. Exposing your skin directly to bleach can leave some burn marks which is definitely not what you want to have.

Anyway, you will need to gather a bit of equipment first. So, you’ll need:

  • Rubber Gloves
  • Protective Mask
  • Fresh air in the bathroom
  • Plastic spray bottle
  • Lots of water

As we can see, all these items are going to help you to properly clean a shower head with bleach. So, let’s begin.

How to Clean a Shower Head with Bleach

With a strong chemical substance like bleach, it is absolutely important to know exactly what to do, especially when you are using it in the bathroom. That being said, let’s see how to clean a shower head with bleach.

Just follow the steps.

Step 1 – Prepare the Bathroom

First things first, you will need to completely prepare the ‘’terrain’’. We all know that bleach can release all sorts of fumes when you use it, and that’s why you will need to open all the windows in your bathroom.

With fresh air coming into your bathroom, the fumes that bleach releases will be less dangerous for your health. Also, there won’t be any possible damages to your bathroom in case you spill some bleach on tiles or in a bathtub.

Anyhow, it is absolutely important to open the windows before you even start using bleach in a bathroom. But, in case you don’t have a window in your bathroom, it is absolutely important to open the door and let as much air inside as you can.

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Step 2 – Remove everything from the Shower Cabin

Now, this step requires you to remove all sorts of shampoos, hair conditioners, soaps, and basically anything that can be found near a shower head. But, why is this so important?

Well, the last thing you would want is to have a chemical reaction in your bathroom. Bleach is a strong chemical substance that will definitely react with basically anything except water.

So, that’s the reason why you need to remove everything that can possibly come in contact with bleach.

We recommend that you put all these items out of the bathroom until you finish the cleaning process.

Step 3 – Make a Solution

Here comes the most important part: the solution making. Namely, you will need to mix bleach with water and then use it to clean your shower head. The recommended ratio is 50:50. This means that you should use the same amount of water and bleach.

Here’s how to make a solution:

  1. Take a plastic bucket 
  2. Pour water in the bucket – Approximately ½ of the bucket should be enough
  3. Add the same amount of bleach in the bucket
  4. Give it a good stir with a plastic handle 

Your solution is now ready to be used for shower head cleaning.

However, make sure not to use too much water or too much bleach. The recommended amount of the whole solution is 0.5 L. This way, there will be just enough solution to clean a shower head properly.

Step 4 – Gear up

Next, you should use the equipment we mentioned above and start the cleaning process. First, take the protective mask and put it on your face – you don’t want to breathe the fumes that bleach is releasing.

This is extremely important in case you don’t have a window in your bathroom.

Next, you should put rubber gloves on since the solution may catch your hands. Therefore, making sure that your hands are protected is absolutely important.

And, the only left thing to do is to take a spray bottle and fill it with the solution you made. Simply put, pour the solution inside a bottle and you will be ready to go.

Step 5 – Spray the Bleach

Once you prepared everything as we explained, it is time now to take the spray bottle and spray the solution on the shower head. Now, this step requires you to do a couple of things, so let’s see:

  1. Spray the shower head
  2. Use an old piece of cloth to rub the shower head
  3. Spray it again
  4. Rinse it with water 

Once you do all of this, it is recommended to repeat the process once you get the wanted result.

The bleach from the solution will dissolve all kinds of build-ups that gather on your shower head and that will provide you a perfectly clean shower.


Step 6 – Rinse everything thoroughly

As for the last step, you will need to rinse the whole shower cabin with the shower head that you just cleaned. This will make sure that there isn’t any leftover bleach solution in the shower, and that your shower head works in the best possible light.

Also, make sure to repeat the process of cleaning if you think that it’s necessary. The bleach solution is a strong cleaning mixture that can easily clean even the most demanding build-ups.


Bleach is definitely one of the most efficient ways to clean a shower head, and, with a little help of this guide, you can now do it without any complications. Just remember to follow all the steps in a given order and your shower head will be perfectly cleaned.

Also, make sure to wear protective gear and not let bleach fumes affect your health.