An easy way to keep ceiling fans clean. Cut the legs off old pantyhose and put one on each blade, stretching them until the whole blade is covered. You'll have extra at the motor end so twist this until it's a tight roll then tuck it back into the "leg". When the pantyhose gets dusty, just remove and wash.
We live on the edge of a gibber desert where it's very dusty so our fans are always dressed in their best. No longer plain white, they look very colourful. They're currently wearing purple and black.
Works well in the city also, where fans pick up city grime.
By magicalmarilyn from Millstream, Western Australia
At first I thought this was a goofy/tacky idea but when you mentioned using colors I ended up thinking, "Hmmm." ;-) Could you pretty please post a photo ??? Would love to see your purple and black blades :-)
Thanks for the great idea. We have white blades and getting white panty hose won't be a problem. The Georgia clay dust also is very bad so I will be picking up some white panty hose when I go to the store today.
I would also like to see a photo of the purple and black blades-but one question where do you find purple hose?
That is a great idea that I will try this week. We live at a busy intersection and dirt, dust and exhaust from the traffic comes in the windows and keeps our ceiling fans a mess. Thanks for the great tip!
I do NOT like cleaning the ceiling fans at all. So this is definitely one idea that I am going to try. The way I see it, if your fan is always on and the blades are turning, who is going to even notice that they have pantyhose on them? Since we have natural wood style blades it won't be hard to find pantyhose that will compliment them well.
I do want to ask though...as easily as the hose tear,how do you avoid this from happening? What size do recommend one use for their blades (queen size or what?)
Terrific idea, MagicalMarilyn! We ALL hate to clean ceiling fans so this makes an onerous job not quite so intimidating to tackle. By the way, WHAT is a gibber desert for those of us who aren't Aussies by birth? :0)
Now that I have a reason to buy pantyhose, I will keep my ceiling fan from picking up every piece of dirt from the road next to our house, this is great!
Thanks for the suggestion!
Not so sure that this a good idea. Fan blades are weighted and delicately balanced. If you put stockings, tights, etc. on the blades, you disturb that balance. This could wreak havoc with the ball bearings, electronics and other moving parts of the fan. Plus the wind "drag" caused by the stocking, makes your fan work harder. Dusting a fan is not that difficult. Why risk causing harm to the fan or possibly sparking an electrical fire to save yourself 45 seconds of wiping down five fan blades. Not a cost effective tip!
What an amazing idea! Pantyhose are so light and airy that I wouldn't give it a second thought about attaching them to my fan. As someone who lives in a severely drought affected state - and who despises cleaning the ceiling fan - this tip is a winner! Thank you for a great tip to use old pantyhose, while keeping an always-needs-doing chore at bay!
The white blades in the "kitchen" ceiling fan were quite hard to clean I must say... ended up doing the best I could and eventually buy a new one. Not sure about this idea but worth it for people to try. It is not just the blades that get dirty though, the interior of the fan unit itself does as well over time and inhibits the motor.
I have two white ceiling fans in my kitchen and I clean them with Comet liquid but it still doesn't get the grease film off. What can I use to clean them?
By Momma Dobson from KS
I clean everything in kitchen with vinegar. It works, good luck.
I agree with vinegar on most everything, but with grease I would try simple green, then rinse with the vinegar or other such as dawn dish soap to remove the grease residue to prevent the grease buildup. Keeping them dusted in the first place is sure easier than getting the built up grease/dust combination of later. I don't like to dust but would rather do it than clean that sticky greasy buildup from up on a ladder.
Try 'Dawn Power Dissolver' found at Wal-Mart near the dishwashing detergent. If your fans are not made of unfinished wood it should work. I find that it really does disolve the grease. I prefer to spray it on my cleaning cloth and apply to the surface rather than spray directly on the greasy area, especially on a smaller area.
1/4 Cup Baking Soda
1/2 Cup Vinegar
1 Cup Ammonia
Mix with 1 gallon of very warm water. I double it because I use a bucket with 2 gallons of water. This is great for walls & woodwork too but you should dry wood afterward.
I agree. If we all would just add dusting our blinds and ceiling fans to our dusting routine we could avoid having to clean this items. But like everyone else, I forget and when it gets bad, I find the only thing that works, is Awesome, a cleaner from the dollar store, in the purple bottle. You can find it other places too, I believe. Oh, and use a microfiber cloth. That keeps it form all falling in your face or on the floor. Those rags hold on to dust or hair until you peel it off. Amazing.
Whichever method you use, I would make sure that I dry the blades thoroughly & don't get them overly wet as they could warp & your fan won't work properly after that.
I like "Greased Lightening". This even removes burned on grease from a broiler pan!
What is the best way to clean a ceiling fan?
Onesummer from Atlanta, GA
If it is really dirty you may have to get up on a stool to give a thorough cleaning and to wash the light fixture. After you do the initial cleaning then use a swifter duster with the extending arm to maintain it during your weekly cleaning.
Soap and Water on a ladder, my friend. Simple as that!
I like to get my vacuum out and clean the blades with the brush attachment. The dirt and dust are sucked up by the vacuum and don't fall on the floor or spread to the rest of the room. After vacuumed, I then spritz with cleaner and wipe clean.
I washed mine with Pine-Gel diluted in hot water. Kleen Green should also work well. PS: Make sure the electricity is switched off!!
Slip a pillowcase over each blade, then grasp tightly as you pull the case off. Both sides of the fan blade are dusted at the same time, and the dirt and dust stays inside the pillowcase.
After thoroughly cleaning with soap and water and wiping dry, apply a thin coat of Armor All, you will be surprised on how clean your fans stays
I always clean my fans good (usually with lysol cleaner), then take dryer sheets and wipe them down good. This keeps the "dust bunnies" from sticking!
Dollar General sells a circular brush cleaner with long handle for cleaning fans. It's wonderful and very inexpensive. Haven't tried putting any spray cleaner on it but probably could.
don't screw around...remove three Philips screws, and take the fan blade into the sink and apply ammonia; this will cut thru grease caked on like dried syrup