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How to Clean a Ceiling Fan Without Getting Covered in Dust


What’s the best way to clean a ceiling fan without getting dust everywhere? Chances are you’re covered in a thin layer of dust bunnies as you ask yourself this question. Lucky for you (and your allergies), there’s an easy way to clean ceiling fan blades without making another mess.

Cleaning a ceiling fan, especially if you don’t have a ladder, is tricky business. How do you wipe down the blades without getting dust on the floor below it? Most of us go in with a duster and accept that we’ll also have to vacuum the floor when we’re done — until today, that is!

One curious cleaner posted on the forum reddit asking users to share the most helpful cleaning tip they’ve ever received. And lucky for you, someone included this genius fan-cleaning hack: “To clean ceiling fans, put a pillowcase over the blades and then slide them off. It’ll pull the dust/debris back inside of the case,” user janeventure wrote. Then, all you have to do is toss the dirty pillowcase in your laundry pile. Does it get much easier than that? And while you’re up there, why not wipe down the blades with a dryer sheet. These little swipes will reduce static cling, meaning you won’t have to dust as frequently.

If you don’t have a ladder (or a cousin who plays basketball!) consider investing in a mini version that can be easily hidden away. You’ll be surprised how many times it comes in handy. Using a vacuum is another option if the hose has an extendable wand. All those extra vacuum attachments you always ignore are made for the job. You may not get as close of a clean as you’d like, but it’s better than nothing. 

Taking down the fan blades is an option for those who don’t have any better weekend plans or for type-A cleaners who really want to get in there and give everything a thorough rubdown. 

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