No Offense—But Your Shower Head Probably Needs to Be Cleaned

Cleaning a showerhead seems counterintuitive, right? Doesn’t it naturally get clean as I’m taking a shower? Sorry, but no. As the shower runs, minerals in the water start to build up in the holes of the shower, eventually forming moldy pockets and caus…

Cleaning a showerhead seems counterintuitive, right? Doesn’t it naturally get clean as I’m taking a shower? Sorry, but no. As the shower runs, minerals in the water start to build up in the holes of the shower, eventually forming moldy pockets and causing your shower to run less efficiently. So before you step in for your next rinse, here’s how to clean a showerhead with just a few minutes of prep work.

Step One

Not all showerheads require a deep clean. If you wipe yours down frequently with a microfiber cloth or an old toothbrush (once after each shower is ideal, but even once a week will do the trick), there might not be much buildup to dislodge. But if you can’t remember the last time you cleaned it, or didn’t even know that this was something you have to do, it’s time to get down and dirty.

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Le pommeau de douche

After what seemed like a year, and a rather long one at that, my bathroom and shower have finally been fixed. What seemed like ages ago, I came home from lunch with a friend one day and heard a bubbling, brook-like sound coming from my bedroom. When I walked in, a steady cascade of water was rippling out of the wall and about a centimeter…

After what seemed like a year, and a rather long one at that, my bathroom and shower have finally been fixed. What seemed like ages ago, I came home from lunch with a friend one day and heard a bubbling, brook-like sound coming from my bedroom. When I walked in, a steady cascade of water was rippling out of the wall and about a centimeter (1/2-inch) of water covered the floor, as well as the floor of my bedroom, courtesy of a broken pipe in the building.

People in Paris are no strangers to fuites d’eau (water leaks) and this wasn’t my first. And unfortunately, it probably won’t be my last. A combination of ancient plumbing, rising rivers, old buildings, disagreements between neighbors, and property managers, who Capital, a French Consumer Reports-style magazine described as having regular “bad buzz” and défiance institutionnalisé (widespread suspicion), keeps Paris awash with water woes.

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