Vinegar and Baking Soda – Tearing Down The Disinfection Myth
There are too many toxic products in our homes, and some we’re not even aware of. Did you know businesses are mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to keep a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) book readily available for all employees in case of accidental ingestion or harm? If that’s a requirement on the job, then why do we as parents keep toxic chemicals in our home and don’t think twice about it?
I’m still trying to figure out the answer to that one.
Parents these days are more cognizant of the foods they feed their children and the types of products they bring into the home; yet, there are times when a toxic product must be brought in for some heavy disinfection.
Thankfully, there is vinegar and baking soda. For some reason, vinegar and baking soda have been toted as the dynamic duo of miracle cleaners.
Although vinegar and baking soda are wonderful cleaners, they DO NOT KILL GERMS.
Please don’t be fooled into thinking it’s the best thing since a grilled cheese sandwich. Yes, it’s a great cleaner, but that’s all it is and nothing more.
Now that I got that off of my chest, I would like to share with you how I clean my showerhead using vinegar and baking soda.
Why vinegar and baking soda is a great non-toxic way to clean your showerhead.
I’m gonna get really technical and scientific here.
Adding vinegar to baking soda is a classic example of a chemical change where sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is reacted with acetic acid and water (vinegar) releasing carbon dioxide and making sodium acetate. This produces bubbling which is the carbon dioxide
(CO2) gas being released.
That’s what makes it clean so good; plus its non-toxic scrubbing bubbles.
Supplies You Will Need
- White Vinegar
- Baking Soda
- Old Toothbrush
- Wooden Skewer or Toothpicks
- Freezer Bag-Quart Sized
- Zip Ties or Rubberbands
- Bucket (Optional)
How to clean showerhead holes using vinegar and baking soda.
How to clean your showerhead
- If you can remove your shower head, scrape off most of the grunge with either an old toothbrush or any other scrubbing tool you may have available.
- Once you’ve removed most of the residue, place it in a bucket with 1 cup of water, 1 cup white vinegar, 1/4 cup of baking powder.
- Let it sit for 20-30 minutes.
- Hold the showerhead upside down under a heavy stream of hot water and let the water flow freely for 1-2 minutes. This is to clear out the residual grunge.
- After all, that, if you still see some grunge, use an old toothbrush or toothpick (if you don’t have either, find something thin and pointy to poke out the remaining debris from the valve holes.
- Still gross? let the shower head soak again overnight with just vinegar and water.
Mixing vinegar and baking soda cause a chemical reaction that leads to the formation of carbonic acid and scrubbing bubbles. Just in case you skimmed down to this part, I mentioned all of this scientific mumbo-jumbo a few paragraphs up.
Cleaning the showerhead without removing it
A fixed showerhead is a little more difficult to clean but it can be done.
- For this, you will need a quart-sized freezer bag. I like freezer bags better because they’re a lot thicker than an average sandwich bag, but if that’s all you have, then please use it.
- Fill the bag with 1 cup of water, 1 cup white vinegar, 1/4 cup of baking powder.
- Place the plastic bag around the showerhead so the valve holes are immersed in the mixture. Secure the bag with either plastic zip ties or a rubber band. Use whichever one you have on hand. Personally, the zip ties are easier to manipulate.
- Let is soak for 20-30 minutes.
- Remove the bag and if there is any visible grunge in the holes, brush it out with an old toothbrush.
- Turn the water on hot and let it run to flush out the showerhead for 1-2 minutes.
I hope you found this article to be of help to you. I am curious to know how you clean your showerhead. Share a comment below.
Until we meet again,