Try these three game changing tips for how to clean ceiling fans – the ceiling fan duster is total genius!
How to Clean Ceiling Fans
Ready for a Spring cleaning challenge? Cleaning ceiling fans is probably my least favorite thing to clean (Can someone else say BLECK with me???) I detest it even more than cleaning toilets . . . which is why someone may find me suffocated underneath a pile of dust when mine are done!
But it has to be done…. and if this Spring cleaning task is on your to-do list, we have a few great tips to make it less awful.
Ready? Stand up, walk away from the tv or phone, grab a ladder or a stepstool (and possibly a gas mask?) 🙂 and dust those fan blades!
Ceiling Fan Duster
If you want a no-ladder solution to cleaning your ceiling fan blades we spotted this GENIUS ceiling fan duster at Lowe's this week! I hopped on Amazon to see if you could easily order one and found these two look a likes that get great reviews:
Reader Katie said she uses this ceiling fan brush and it works great!
Swiffer Extendable Duster w/6 Refills – Under $15
Cleaning the ceiling fans is my absolutely least favorite job on the entire planet. But this Swiffer duster brush I use makes it MUCH less terrible 😉
Plus if the duster gets really gross you can toss it in the trash and put on a refill!
The Pillowcase Trick
A few years back before I got my Swiffer duster – I found the best way to clean my fan blades was using a pillowcase. It's a great way to trap all the dust from above and below the fan blade so it's not just falling on your floor. Just press your hands to both the top and bottom of the blade and slide to the end to capture the dust. Then you can toss it in the wash when you're finished!
- Spray the inside of the pillowcase with vinegar and water so the grime sticks to it
- Follow up with Pledge to repel dust afterward
PPP Team Member Jamie hates cleaning her dusty/grimey kitchen ceiling fan!
Remove and Wash
If your blades are ESPECIALLY grimey – for instance if you have a ceiling fan in your kitchen and it gets sticky from grease in the air – you may want to remove the blades and wash by hand.
Best Fan Blade cleaning options:
We got some of these great tips from sweet readers who weighed in on their most successful methods to clean their ceiling fans!
Tide & Hot Water
- Lisa recommends removing the blades and washing in the sink. Amy says a mixture of 1 Tsp Powdered Tide in a bucket or sink of hot water is super effective.
Prop them in the sink and spray them down with one of these cleaners…
- All-purpose degreaser spray (Cindy uses Method Wood for her wood blades)
- Mr. Clean Spray (Reader Kara recommends the yellow one!)
- Dawn Powerwash (They'll need to be rinsed after)
- Lori puts her light fixtures in the dishwasher (Genius!)
Okay your turn…. Since misery loves company, I'd love knowing any of your tips and tricks for doing this dreaded chore!
More Spring Cleaning Tips:
- Homemade Floor Cleaner
- Homemade Carpet Cleaner
- Soap Scum Remover
- Homemade Window Cleaner
- Homemade Granite Cleaner
- More Tips in our Spring Cleaning List!
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