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How to Clean a Kitchen Faucet Head

Kitchen faucet heads that are dirty or discolored can reduce pressure and cause unpredictable water dispersion – an annoying issue. This issue could be due to buildup on their surface or mineral deposits within them. Here are a few tips for cleaning your kitchen faucet head:

Utilize Vinegar

Vinegar is often thought of as an all-natural, inexpensive cleaning product that can remove stubborn stains and smelly odors. But it also has acetic acid in it which works effectively at getting rid of bacteria and other microbial contaminants in your faucet.

Vinegar can also help corrode grease stuck on the faucet screen, so if your screen looks grubby or has green stains, use vinegar to restore its original shine.

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Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is a natural acid that breaks up calcium and mineral deposits. To get the most out of your lemon juice bath, create an indentation for the faucet in the center and twist a lemon wedge around it. Wrap a bag over this wedge, secure with a rubber band, then leave on for at least 24 hours.

You can even submerge the whole faucet head in a vinegar bath, which will break up hard water stains. Just make sure that all nozzles are submerged so the vinegar is evenly diluted and gets deep inside every crevice of your faucet’s nozzles.


If you can’t locate vinegar, a diluted bottle of coca-cola will do the trick. This soda has citric acid, tartaric acid and phosphoric acid which all work to dissolve hard water stains and rust from faucets quickly so you’ll be back to shining in no time!

Remove Aerator

If your faucet has an aerator, it’s time to take it apart. This screen-like device attached to the aerator adds air into the water so it’s essential that it be cleaned regularly. If debris has built up inside of it over time, white vinegar can help clear things up.

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Removing an aerator from your faucet may not be the simplest task, but it can be accomplished with some effort and precision. There are a few different methods for doing so; most involve hand-tightening or twisting with a screwdriver.

You could also try using a plastic sandwich bag and rubber band. Just ensure the aerator is fully submerge in the bag, then let sit in a container of vinegar for at least 20 minutes.

Aerators can become clogged with dirt and other particles over time, so it is important to clean them regularly. If you find that cleaning the aerator is no longer effective, replacing it may be necessary.

Other than the above tips, you can also use a toothbrush and water to clean a dirty faucet head. You could also soak the head in a mixture of water and vinegar for 30 minutes to an hour before rinsing with clean water. Finally, run hot water to clear away any remaining deposits so your faucet won’t clog again in the future.