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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Plumbing.

In this Badge Bit, you will clean/decalcify a shower head.  (Note that this BB is part of a 6-part choose your own adventure list BB called the Tiny List. You must complete six Badge Bits in the Tiny List.)



Some related articles
  - How to Clean the Shower Head with Vinegar
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To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 - clean/decalcify a shower head

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
   - a before picture of the shower head
   - an in progress shot of you cleaning/decalcifying the shower head
   - an after picture of the newly cleaned/decalcified shower head
   - a description of the method for how the shower head was cleaned/decalcified
   - OR a 2-minute video of you doing this
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Our shower head wasn’t that bad, but I thought I’d give this BB part a shot. The steps were simple.
First, a shot of our shower head before cleaning.



I soaked the shower head in white vinegar to dissolve buildup. It worked well inside the holes but not so much on the surface. This is the same bag of vinegar I used for my aerator.



Then I used a stainless steel scrub brush to remove the dissolved minerals. I didn't want to mar the plastic so easy does it.



Testing the shower head after cleaning rinsed away the debris. As you can see I could have left it soak a bit longer but it was getting late and we both needed a shower!

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I hereby certify this BB complete!

 
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I cleaned the shower head tonight!  I did the bag of vinegar and then wiggled the rubber nipples to get the chunks off.
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Done!
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Cleaned the shower head yesterday while cleaning the sink aerators. It didn't have a lot of buildup, but had a lot of staining.

Soaked in 9% vinegar for about three hours (while working on a couch repair)

Massaged the rubber tips with my fingers after the soak; got quite a bit of hidden build-up from inside the nozzles and managed to remove most of the staining.

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Shower head with staining
Shower head with staining
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Clean and not stained anymore
Clean and not stained anymore
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Cleaned the shower head in our guest bath for the he 1st time in 13 years!  Put the vinegar bag over it and cleaned it overnight.  Scrubbed it with a recycled toothbrush and voila!  Good as new!
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After!
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I certify this BB complete! Along with your new air badge in plumbing

 
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Old showerhead, not been messed with since I moved in. Perfect time to clean it up!
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Here it is, with the spray dial taken off.
Here it is, with the spray dial taken off.
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A nice bath in apple cider vinegar. Just the dregs, not wasting my good stuff
A nice bath in apple cider vinegar. Just the dregs, not wasting my good stuff
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Poured out a day later, and scrubbed in the sink.
Poured out a day later, and scrubbed in the sink.
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Much nicer looking than when I started.
Much nicer looking than when I started.
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Nothing is obstructed anymore.
Nothing is obstructed anymore.
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I certify this BB is complete.

 
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Quick clean of a shower head with vinegar.
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I like your videos Kevin!
 
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Ashley Cottonwood wrote:I like your videos Kevin!


Thanks!
 
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I soaked the shower head in vinegar by tying a bag of vinegar to it then scrubbed with a brush immediately after removing the bag.

Edit: Cleaner be ware, I hate how the water flows out of this shower head now! Hah.
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I used the "take the shower head off and dunk it in pure vinegar for twenty minutes" method.
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Showerhead was surprisingly ugly beforehand (oh, the things we don't notice!).  Soaked it in white vinegar with the showerhead down, in a bag in the sink.  Left it about an hour or so.  Scrubbed off the remainder with an old toothbrush.
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Trying to get it attached on the shower; couldn't get it right
Trying to get it attached on the shower; couldn't get it right
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Took the showerhead off and soaking in the bag of vinegar in the sink
Took the showerhead off and soaking in the bag of vinegar in the sink
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Using old toothbrush to brush off what's left
Using old toothbrush to brush off what's left
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All clean!
All clean!
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Today, I made a start on my plumbing sand badge. I have to say that until this badge bit, I never thought to even look at our shower head, let alone clean it. I was shocked at how gross it was!

Gross before photo. YUK!

I used the vinegar and baggy method because it was so easy and simple.

I left it to soak about three hours, then scrubbed it with an old toothbrush.

Nowhere near new, but much, much better.

My other surprise was to discover that our shower head is not metal, but rather chrome-colored painted plastic! I learned this when I tried to scrub some of the ickiest spots and the paint came off. You can actually see the white plastic in places in the last photo.

That's one of the things I love about the PEP program, I'm learning interesting things and invaluable skills by doing seemingly simple tasks.
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