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How to Clean Nozzles

Charlie Bradley

Over time, calcium, lime and hard water buildup on the nozzle of a water hose can decrease its performance. Cleaning a water hose nozzle is an easy process that can ensure its most efficient use. Cleaning nozzles can be done safely to ensure there is no risk to the environment—or to your own health.

  1. Fill the bucket with an equal solution of vinegar and hot water. Heat the water for five to 10 minutes on the stove. Ensure the water is not boiling.

  2. Unscrew the nozzles from the water hose. Loosen the nozzle from the hose gently to prevent cracking and bending of the nozzle and the washer that holds the nozzle in place.

  3. Soak the nozzle in the mixture of vinegar and water for 10 minutes. Soaking the nozzle loosens caked-on hard water and calcium buildup from inside the nozzle.

  4. Remove the nozzle from the bucket. Wipe away any excess vinegar and water from the surface of the nozzle.

  5. Dry the nozzle with a washcloth or place it in the sun so that it can dry for five to 10 minutes. Drying the nozzle allows for easy attachment when you re-attach the nozzle to the water hose.

  6. Re-attach the nozzle carefully to avoid bending and cracking the nozzle. Firmly tighten the nozzle to prevent leaks when using the water hose.

  7. Tip

    Clean your nozzles periodically to avoid hard water, lime and calcium buildup.


    Use caution when handling hot nozzles. Wear protective gloves to prevent burning your hands.