There are some chores around the house that you dread. For me, one of those chores is cleaning ceiling fans.
They’re in almost every room of the house, and if you’re anything like me, they’re on 24 hours a day.
They collect a lot of dust, even if you change your furnace filter monthly.
It doesn’t take long for dust to collect on your ceiling fan blades when you rarely turn it off.
It’s also easy to forget the last time you cleaned your ceiling fan.
Adding when to clean it next to your calendar is a great way to ensure you’re cleaning at a regular frequency. If you’re unsure how often you should clean around the house, here are some thoughts.
By far, the easiest way I have found to clean ceiling fans is by using a pillowcase.
There are a couple of different ways you can approach this method. Try them both and see which one works best for you.
Before I tried this method of cleaning ceiling fans, I would lay bath towels down to catch any loose dust that would fall after I wiped each blade. I would use a cleaning cloth or paper towels and cleaner. It was a mess, and it made me anxious.
You may need to use a ladder, and if that’s the case, make sure you place it on a stable surface to ensure your safety.
As parents of 3 little kids, Force of Nature is our go-to all purpose cleaner. It's nontoxic but is EPA approved for use against Covid-19.
We love vinegar, but we use Force of Nature every day.
The first method to clean your ceiling fans requires an old pillowcase and an all-purpose or multi-purpose cleaner.
Start by sliding the pillowcase over each blade and wiping any loose large dust particles off the blade into the pillowcase.
Once you’ve cleaned off the loose dust, generously spray each blade with your cleaner of choice. I like to use Force of Nature, which is safe and non-toxic.
After spraying each blade, slide the pillowcase back onto the blade and wipe away any remaining dust and dirt.
The second method for easy and stress-free cleaning is similar to the previous one.
After wiping loose dust with the pillowcase, shake the pillowcase into a trash can to discard the debris.
Then submerge your pillowcase into warm soapy water.
Use the wet pillowcase to clean each blade. You may want to rinse your pillowcase in the soapy water between each blade. Rinsing will ensure your blades get as clean as possible.
These cleaning methods clean you with clean ceiling fan blades and no dust and debris on the floor to then clean.
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Erin is the mother of identical twin girls and their slightly older brother. She is a domestic engineer, and previously had a career leading customer service teams for a major HVAC company. Cleaning without harsh chemicals, and cooking easy and usually healthy meals are part of Erin's daily life. She volunteers with youth leaders, and genuinely wants to help others win. Erin has a degree in Communications, with a focus on Broadcast Journalism.