How to Clean Metal Shower Hose

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Metal shower hose is one of the most common household items in every home. It needs proper maintenance and cleaning to make sure it lasts long. Because shower heads can get dirty pretty quickly, it is not one of the easiest things to clean. Cleaning may turn into a nightmare if you aren’t doing it on a regular basis. In fact, it can get so dirty that you may not even realize how much gunk is building upon the threads. 

Don’t worry! This article will show you how to clean a metal shower hose in a simple and proper way.

How to Clean Metal Shower Hose

Several ways are there to clean a metal shower hose, but we will tell you the effective one that we tried and succeeded in. To clean the metal shower hose, you can make a solution on your own by using home ingredients that are easy to find or purchase some high-quality commercial cleaning products from a nearby store.

We love to use home ingredients/ natural cleaning agents like baking soda, white vinegar, bleach, etc. they are safe and simple to use, so we will use and tell you how to clean metal shower hoses with these.

Ingredients You Will Need

Baking soda, Vinegar, Toothbrush, Bowl, Wrench, microfiber towel, Nylon Brush, Toothpick, Rag, Hand Gloves, and Face Mask.

Cleaning Process

Step One:

Before the deep cleaning, give a glance and try to find out if there is any visible dirt, dust, or grime that is clogging up the normal water flow? If yes, then it needs a deep cleaning. Wear hand gloves and a face mask, take a bristle brush, and try to remove the visible and excess dirt. It’s just the basic cleaning to make the cleaning process easier.

Remove the metal shower hose from the wall. You can use a wrench to do this job, unscrew the showerhead and remove it too. If it’s a handheld metal shower, then you have to unscrew the nuts from the end of the shower hose where it’s attached. To remove them without damaging and scratching, be flexible, pull gently, don’t ding.

Step Two:

Make a solution of two cups of baking soda and one gallon of warm water. Mix them until baking soda dissolves properly. Take the solution or store-bought cleaner in a bowl, pour some solution into the hose pipe, and spread it.

Stir thoroughly with a toothbrush to remove anything that is left using a bristle brush. Now it’s time to clean the tiny holes; give a close look at the top of the showerhead here; many white dirt buildups (mineral deposits) usually create a blockage.

Take an old toothbrush, dip in the solution or take some in a spray bottle and spray on the showerhead nozzles. Scrub vigorously and remove as much build-up you can. 

Step Three:

It’s time to clean the shower nozzles; you will see some particles trapped inside the potable water supply tube or even in the fittings of the shower hose unit; use a sharp toothpick to remove the stuck inside. Pick them carefully and clean shower head.

Because the smallest particle can cause a water leak and damage the plumbing system, you may need to hire a plumber to do the pipework. Remove all the pieces from the solution and wash with plain water. Washing will remove most of the dirt it has.

Step Four:

Next make a solution of white vinegar and warm water. Pour two cups of vinegar into a bowl and one gallon of warm water. Mix them and place all the pieces, including the threads, shower arm, and rubber washer, in the solution and leave for 24 hours. No matter how much limescale build-up there is, vinegar will dissolve them.

Because vinegar is acidic, it can remove the dirt along with disinfecting.  But be careful. Vinegar solution may also disrupt pipes, corrode chrome metal parts causing rust, or render layers of paint on the outer walls if you use it alone.

So mix it with warm water. Use a nylon brush or scrubber and brush off all the loosened dirt. Remove all pieces from the solution and rinse with hot water, hold the showerhead, and pour water from the backward, so all the dirt can be washed away from the showerhead.

Step Five:

Once the cleaning is done, take a microfiber cloth or rag, spread it, place the cleaned pieces over it, and wrap it to absorb the excess moisture. Allow it to dry for half an hour, then reassemble each part as you remove it.

Tighten with the wrench to the fixed shower head. Either it can come off due to high water pressure. Use the wrench for making the work easier. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use Bleach on My Shower Hose?

While bleach is an excellent disinfectant and deodorizer, it’s NOT recommended to use it on shower hoses. Not only bleach but any type of harsh cleaning agent is also avoidable on the shower head.

Shower Head in Vinegar: How Strong and How Long?

You shouldn’t keep your shower head in vinegar for more than 30 minutes because it can damage the outer polish. But if you need more time to soak, then dilute the vinegar with warm water in equal quantity and soak the shower head for up to 24 hours.


Cleaning your metal shower hose can be a tedious task; it tends to be hard to clean because of its metallic properties, but it doesn’t have to be. The best way to clean a metal shower hose is by using the right tools and products.

And we have told you that above. It’s simple and effective. You can clean it with the solution we made above or use any commercial cleaner. 

If your hose has become stiff or rusty, replace it with a new one so that you don’t risk damaging your other fixtures in the process of cleaning.

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