Get the Dirt on Dusting

spring cleaning, housekeeping tips, choosing a duster

I eagerly scribbled “dust the ceiling fan”  on my Spring cleaning to-do list.  There was only one problem.  How was I going to keep the dust from getting all over everything below the ceiling fan?

Tip #1:  I’ve mentioned this before, but it is best to clean your home from top to bottom.  That way you are not getting dust and dirt on already cleaned surfaces.  I read that tip in a magazine some time ago, and have used it ever since.  It makes perfect sense.

spring cleaning, housekeeping tips, choosing a duster

Fortunately, I found my answer from Carrie of Making Lemonade in the Hometalk Google + Hangout on Air  earlier this week.  Did you see it?  Carrie, Jessica, and Becky each shared their tip cleaning tip…just in time for Spring cleaning.

I was giddy like a school girl with a mad crush when Kari asked Carrie, “Now didn’t you have a fun tip about  a pillowcase and how to clean your ceiling fan?”   She had me at ceiling fan.

As Carrie suggested, simply drape an old pillowcase over the fan blade to catch the dust while you clean. Like so,

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It sounded much more practical than my harebrained idea to drape the room in a tarp.  So, with a sense of hope, I gathered my duster and a pillowcase and got to work.

spring cleaning, housekeeping tips, choosing a duster

Very little dust got past the microfiber duster and the pillowcase.  I will now be keeping a pillowcase with my cleaning supplies.

spring cleaning, housekeeping tips, choosing a duster

TIP #2: dusters made with lambs wool and microfiber do a great job of containing the dust, keeping it from flying up and around as you dust.  They are also washable, making them a practical choice.

Thanks, Hometalk and Carrie for sharing such great cleaning tips.

See you in class,

Mrs. Hines


  1. Thanks! We have to do 3 ceiling fans at the old house so I will take a pillow case!!!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

  2. Love it….we have four ceiling fans and I am ashamed to say that I haven’t been diligent at cleaning them. Thank you for the great how-to steps and the tip on starting from top to bottom. Simple and obvious but wouldn’t have thought of it!

  3. I don’t understand how you’re going to clean the blades if they’re covered. This tip makes no sense to me.

  4. Great idea! I’ll have to remember this one 🙂

  5. Let me see if I can explain a little better. I was up on a ladder with my duster, holding the pillowcase with one hand and dusting the blade with the other. I just dusted into the pillowcase. Does that make more sense?

  6. Well, let’s just say there was LOTS of dust on my ceiling fan and the only reason I cleaned it was so that I could turn it on. 🙂

  7. 🙂 glad to share a helpful tip!

  8. Thanks. Let me know if you try it.

  9. {Melinda} What a great idea!! Reminds me how badly mine need dusting! 🙂

  10. Super tip! Now I have to clean my fans!! Thanks!!~~Angela

  11. Hi Sharon, you mentioned dusters made from ‘lamps wool’, I think you meant ‘lambs wool’. (I live in New Zealand and we have more sheep here than people so I know all about lambs.) Great idea, wish I had a fan to clean now!

  12. I usually just use my little step ladder and my vacumn with the brush head. It would probably be a good idea to wipe it while up there after getting the loose stuff vacumned up, and then maybe polish it with a damp dryer sheet or some silicone-based spray to help repel the dust/help the dust slip and slide right past the blade! So far I always seem to be in a hurry so I just vacumn and go…

  13. Oh, thanks for pointing that out. Yes, I did mean lambs wool. I will correct that.

  14. I feel like I’m always in a hurry too. I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I was able to clean the fan…made me wonder why I don’t keep up with it like I should. 🙂

  15. One down and one to go for me. 🙂

  16. great tips xo

  17. OhhhMyGosh that pillowcase trick is PERFECT!! Love this idea, Sharon! Thanks!

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