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
What a great idea for my least favorite job when cleaning house. I will be sure to stock up on pantyhose...usually found for pennies at thrift shops and yard sales. Harlean from Arkansas
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.
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