Is Your Showerhead Making You Sick?
A good showerhead is supposed to deliver a satisfying jet of water. But if you have not changed or at least cleaned the showerhead in your bathroom for a long time, it could be adding a blast of bacteria along with the water.
It gets murkier.
The bacteria on the head of the shower can cling together and form what is called a “biofilm” — a slimy cluster of microorganisms. Sounds refreshing, huh?
If your immune system is weak, this daily spray of germs could pose a serious health problem. In fact, a study at the University of Boulder, Colorado shows that almost one third of showerheads contain potentially dangerous bacteria.
One particular bacteria that seems to thrive in this warm, dark and wet environment is mycobacterium avium, which is linked to pulmonary disease.
There are two simple solutions to this:
Clean your showerhead: fill a sandwich bag with 1 cup white distilled vinegar and ½ cup baking soda. Tie it around the showerhead and wait for one hour, before removing the bag and turning on the shower. If your showerhead is easy to remove, rinse it with the same solution, giving it a good scrub with an old toothbrush. Poking pins into the holes of the shower head also helps remove mineral deposits.
Replace your showerhead if it is very old. Even better, remove the rainwater style showerhead and use a single stream of water to enjoy a clean and refreshing shower.