Jan 24, 2013

Housekeeping 101: How to Clean your Ceiling Fans

When we first moved into our house I hated the dated ceiling fan in our master bedroom. But during two pregnancies the cool breeze from above was my comfort on those restless nights. I have grown so accustomed to sleeping under a fan that I would hate to take it down. Even on these winter nights I just have to have it on. It's the combination of the light breeze and the low rumble that comforts me as I drift to sleep. My hubby of course complains cause it "makes him stuffy".

Well, this morning I was doing some extra cleaning, as I try to do at least once a week and I noticed this as I was folding clothes at the end of my bed. Night after night I had laid there while dust bunnies collected above my head. Eww!

Of course I have cleaned it since we have moved in three years ago. But it has been a couple months since I gave it a wipe down. I use to just take some pledge and rag to it, but that never worked because our bed sits right under the fan so when you use a rag or duster the debris fall all over the bed. I for one don't like that idea. Who wants dust all over their comforter and pillows. Another eww!
One of my good friends swore that using a pillowcase was the way to go. I had never thought of this idea, but I gave it a try.

You just open the pillowcase and cover one blade at a time. You use the pillowcase as the rag and wipe down each blade from middle to end. It is so EASY! And you know me I live for EASY!

It took me about three minutes to do the entire fan. And the best part there was no dirt on my bed.

Now let's take a peek at the inside of the pillowcase, cause you know I did.

Can you believe all that dust was just lingering over my head. Well now that I know the pillowcase trick works wonders you better believe I will be using it from now on. I have another ceiling fan I am getting ready to go do. :)

I hope I am not the only one that forgets to dust things sometimes. Out of sight out of mind seems to be my problem with a lot of it. :) So cheers to one super neat trick that will be used again and again.

How often do you clean ceiling fans or light fixtures?  Do you have any neat cleaning tricks?

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