Cleaning Your Ceiling Fan in 5 Easy Steps

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ceiling fanThe weather is warm and the ceiling fan helps move the air around the house. Since the fan blades are dirty, it also moves dust around the house. So today, I’ll clean it in 3 easy steps.

  1. Gather supplies: drop cloth, ladder/stool, spray cleaner, feather duster, and the secret weapon – a sock. You might need two, if the fan is very dirty.
  2. Spread drop cloth under fan. Set stool/ladder on top of cloth, under the fan. Get on ladder.
  3. Dust fan blades. Put sock on dominant hand.
  4. Spray fan blades. (Sometimes I uses vinegar, if I don’t have any regular cleaning sprays.) Wipe off with socked hand. Repeat until done.
  5. Pick up drop cloth. Shake outside. Put away all your supplies.sock

This cleaning project is great for using up odd socks. And I always seem to have odd socks. Even though they go into the dryer as a pair, they come out as singles. Go here to read a poem about missing socks I wrote one distraught day.

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Edited to Add These Tips from Commenters:

  • Crystal uses a vacuum attachment, “that weird little round brush,”  to clean her fan and return air ducts.
  • Melissa puts a pillow case over the entire blade so that all the yuckys fall inside the case and nothing on the ground.
  • Christine uses a microfiber cloth and spray she bought at the same time she bought the fan.

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Crystal  |  . at .

    I use that weird little round brush attachment on my vacuum cleaner to do the ceiling fans. It brushes off the dirt and sucks it up at the same time. It also works perfectly for my return air duct grates.


  • 2. susan2009  |  . at .

    Thanks for visiting, Crystal. My vacuum doesn’t have that attachment. For now I’ll have to be satisfied with sock-manual labour.


  • 3. melissa  |  . at .

    i use a pillow case. put it completely over the fan blade and then nothing drops down. so easy!


  • 4. Susan  |  . at .

    Melissa – Even better idea! Thanks for sharing and visiting.


  • 5. Christine @ Serenity How?  |  . at .

    Good idea. I usually use those microfiber cloths and some spray I got at the store where I bought the ceiling fans. It’s supposed to help keep the dust from being attracted and seems to work, but I have no idea what’s in it. Vinegar is a great natural cleaner.

    Thanks for the tip! 🙂


  • 6. susan2009  |  . at .

    Christine – I have a mictofober cloth – I never thought about using it for this job. Thanks for your tip.


  • 7. Rosie  |  . at .

    I like the idea of using an odd sock! I have also heard to use an old pillowcase. This way much of the fly away dust is contained inside the pillowcase!

    Thanks for visiting my blog!


  • 8. susan2009  |  . at .

    Rosie, Your site is so cute, chipper and fun to read. I’ll be back for more. Thanks for commenting.


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