A Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning Your Shower Hose

Cleaning Your Shower Hose: A Step-by-Step Guide

Written by: Dimitri Zobnin

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Time to read 4 min

Shower hoses are an essential part of any shower set. They allow you to direct the flow of water exactly where you want it to go.


But over time, shower hoses can become clogged with mineral deposits, soap scum, and mildew. If you're not careful, these deposits can build up and cause your shower hose to malfunction. That's why it's important to clean your shower hose on a regular basis.


Cleaning your shower hose is a simple process that only takes a few minutes. But it can seem a bit daunting if you've never done it before.


That's why we've put together this step-by-step guide to help you get the job done quickly and easily!

What You'll Need

Before you start cleaning your shower hose, there are a few things you'll need to gather:

  • A bucket, large bowl or plastic bag
  • White vinegar 
  • Baking soda 
  • A clean rag or sponge 
  • A toothbrush (optional)

How to Clean Shower Hose

Step One


Detach the shower hose from the shower head. Use a pair of pliers to loosen the connection if needed.

Step Two

Fill a plastic bag, bowl or bucket with equal parts white vinegar and water. Submerge the shower hose in the mixture and make sure that the entire hose is submerged.


Let the hose soak for at least 30 minutes - the longer it soaks, the more effective it will be. If your shower hose is particularly dirty, you may need to soak it overnight. Soaking it will help loosen any stubborn limescale deposits that may be clinging to the hose.

Step Three

After soaking, remove the hose from the white vinegar mixture and place it in the sink. Turn on the tap and let cool water run through the hose to flush out any residue.

Step Four

Mix together a paste of baking soda and water. Apply the paste to any areas of the hose that are still dirty or stained. Use a clean rag or sponge to remove limescale and scrub away any dirt, grime, and stains. Be sure to scrub gently—you don't want to damage your shower hose! For hard-to-reach areas, you may need to use a toothbrush.

Step Five

Rinse away all of the cleaning solutions with warm water. Once everything has been rinsed away, give your shower hose a final once-over with a clean rag just to be sure that all of the dirt and grime has been removed.

Step Six

Reattach the shower hose to the shower head, then test the hose to make sure it's functioning properly. If your shower hose is still not functioning properly after cleaning it, you may need to replace it. Consult a plumber or specialist bathroom store for guidance.

Step Seven

If you're still having issues, we would encourage replacement of your shower hose. Here's some of the best sellers:

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use other cleaners besides white vinegar and baking soda?

Yes, there are a number of different cleaners that you can use to clean shower hoses such as limescale remover that can help remove awkward limescale deposits. However, vinegar and baking soda are often the most effective.

How often should I clean my shower hose?

It's generally recommended that you clean shower hoses at least once every three months. However, if you live in hard water areas, you may need to clean it more frequently.

How can I prevent my shower hose from getting dirty?

There are a few things you can do to prevent your shower hose from getting dirty:

  • Wipe it down after each use
  • Rinse it with clean water
  • Avoid using harsh chemicals or cleaners on it

What is the best way to clean my shower head?

The best way to clean your shower head is to simply submerge it in a plastic bag filled with white vinegar overnight. In the morning, remove the shower head and scrub it with an old toothbrush to remove limescale and dirt build up. Rinse it well and then reattach it to the shower hose and return it to the shower head holder.

How often should I clean my shower head?

You should clean your shower head at least once a month to prevent a build up of limescale and dirt. If you have hard water, you may need to clean it more frequently.

What are different types of shower valves?

Exposed shower valves are the most common type of shower valve. They are usually located behind the shower head. Concealed shower valves are another option. They are typically located in the wall behind the shower. Bar shower valves are a popular option for handheld shower heads. They are typically located on the wall near the shower head.

You can find shower valves in a range of styles, from traditional shower valves to modern shower valves. They also come in a variety of colours, from antique bronze to chrome, so there is sure to be a valve to match your other bathroom accessories

What is a diverter valve?

A diverter valve is used to divert water from the shower head to a handheld shower head or other accessory. They are usually located on the wall near the shower head and are commonly used in 2 outlet shower systems and 3 outlet shower systems.

What are the different types of shower heads?

If you're in the market for a new shower head there are a variety of different types of shower heads to choose from, including:

  • Rainfall shower heads: These shower heads provide a gentle, rainfall-like stream of water.
  • Handheld shower heads: These shower heads can be held in the hand and are often used for bathing children or pets.
  • Wall-mounted shower heads: These shower heads are mounted on the wall and provide a powerful stream of water.
  • Adjustable shower heads: These shower heads have adjustable settings so you can control the amount of water pressure and spray pattern.

Final Thoughts

Cleaning shower hoses is easy! With just a few simple household ingredients and following the handy tips above and you'll have a sparkling clean shower hose in no time! And be sure to add this easy cleaning task to your regular cleaning routine so that your shower hose stays in mint condition for years to come.

Don’t hesitate to contact us at HOUSE OF ENKI for all of your bathroom needs!