Quick Tip for Cleaning Ceiling Fans

A very clever cleaning tip for removing dust from ceiling fans appeared in home improvement legend Bob Vila’s website. ceiling fanDust on ceiling fan blades falls into that “out of sight – out of mind” category. When you do finally take a look, it is amazing how much dust can accumulate on the tops of the fan blades. If you try to use a rag or a feather duster, the dust goes flying all over whatever is under the fan and into the air to settle on everything in the room. The tip explained in the following article involves using an old pillowcase to capture the dust while cleaning the blades.

Swiffer duster

Photo: Swiffer.com

If you don’t mind paying for a dusting product, a Swiffer® Duster (or store brand version) does a good job of capturing most of the dust rather than just knocking it off the fan blades. If you really don’t want to climb on a stool or ladder to reach the fan, there is also the Swiffer 360⁰ Dusters Extender™ that extends up to three feet. Remember to also dust the top of the fan motor if the whole motor unit is not up tight against the ceiling.

Quick Tip: Cleaning Ceiling Fans with a Pillowcase


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8 comments on “Quick Tip for Cleaning Ceiling Fans
  1. Molli vandehey says:

    very good tip! i used to clean my uncles lodge, and the ceiling fans were a PITA, but accumulate SO much unhealthy dust

  2. Aliya Thunder says:

    I have to get this! It would be so useful!

  3. Melissa S says:

    I have to agree, the Swiffer duster works best on my ceiling fan. It was definitely worth the money.

  4. Cheryl says:

    I definitely need help cleaning ceiling fans. This is a good idea.

  5. Betsy says:

    great idea! i need to do this more often!

  6. Philip Schilling says:

    Thanks for the tip! I will have to try this!

  7. Marnie G (Derrick Todd) says:

    Swiffer really works best. I really like that the dust clings to it.

  8. Holly says:

    Great tip! I hate to clean our fan because of all teh dust everywhere.

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