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05/09/2012 08:49 am ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

How To Clean Your Shower Head Using This Cooking Ingredient

Is your shower head not firing on all cylinders? This could be because your shower head is clogged. Unfortunately, hard water can leave traces of minerals and other debris in your shower head, which keeps water from smoothly flowing through the sprays and jets. The result: Poor water pressure, low water output and a less-than-clean feeling after your shower.

Flickr photo by Steven Depolo

A simple way to clear your shower head involves some common things from your kitchen. Namely, white vinegar, a food storage bag and some extra-strong rubber bands. Even better, you don't have to remove the shower head for cleaning. First, fill the bag with about a cup of the vinegar. Then, tie the bag to the shower head (making sure the head is submerged in the vinegar) using the rubber bands to secure. Let it sit for at least an hour.

After you remove the bag, scrub the shower head with a sponge. Finish by running warm water through the shower head for about a minute.

So, why does it work? The white vinegar's acetic acid can dissolve trace minerals and loosen debris, effectively unclogging the sprays and jets.

Of course, this his is just one of the many ways that you can use vinegar around the house. For more ideas, check out our 5 favorite uses for vinegar.