Recently I was feeling pretty down on myself about cleaning my ceiling fans. I had seen SEVERAL recent posts about how to clean ceiling fans easily, what to clean them with, how to clean them without making a big mess in the floor. All I could think was “Dude…people clean their ceiling fans?”
I think it’s great if you want to clean your ceiling fan…but these days I feel lucky and carefree after I get to clean my toilet – so my eyes aren’t really on my ceiling. Then I realized something…I don’t clean my ceiling fans, but I do have a ceiling fan philosophy! I should share it with the world! Because I’m sure some of you out there share my same ceiling fan cleaning philosophy. At least one of you…at least I’m praying at least one of you does and leaves a nice comment for me.
So, below I’ll list my ceiling fan cleaning philosophy…and how our ceiling fans do eventually get clean. And I will continue wishing for a friend who likes to clean them and does so for me out of an act of love and servitude. Amen.
5 Easy Steps to Clean Ceiling Fans
1. Do not look directly at the fan. Really, fans aren’t in your direct line of vision. You have to look UP to see them. I say, keep your eyes level or on the ground. Definitely on the ground or else you’ll step on a matchbox car and your entire foot will turn blue. Also, if you have a toddler it’s a good idea to keep your eye on them instead of the ceiling fan. Otherwise, they might go into your room and use your sewing scissors to cut your measuring tape into a million little pieces.
2. Keep the fan on when it’s not dark. Did you know that you can’t see the dust on the fan if it’s moving? It’s true. If my fan is always on, I can’t tell it’s dirty. This is a GREAT method to use if you’re expecting company. It’s easier than sweeping the dirt under the rug or shoving the legos into the closet.
3. Get a gray ceiling fan. Dust is gray. If you had a gray ceiling fan, you could not distinguish the dust from the actual fan. I’ve always told Barry I want flooring the color of dirt – and now I can add a gray ceiling fan to the list.
4. Who needs them anyway? I say get rid of the ceiling fans and get box fans. You can take those puppies outside and spray them down with the water hose. That’s super easy to clean! Do not bring your water hose inside and attempt to spray down your living room ceiling fan. Your kids will enjoy that too much – your husband, not so much.
5. If someone mentions the dirt on your ceiling fan, say “Huh. I didn’t notice that. I guess I was too busy baking bread, soaking beans, and making homemade laundry detergent.” That will usually shut them up pretty quick.
If That Fails…
Now, that being said our fans DO indeed get cleaned. I think in the 8 years we lived in our townhouse, I cleaned our fans a total of two times. Yes, I realize that deserves some type of award…but I tried to employee the “keep it moving” philosophy so no one could tell they were about to crash to the floor from the weight of dust on them.
I’ve found that if you let them get dirty enough and if you mention enough how much it makes you sneeze to clean them, your husband will usually get up on a ladder and clean them for you…at least that’s how mine get clean. I guess Barry didn’t care for the two-tone color – white fans with gray dust. I thought I was making a fashion statement. Stripes are totally in. This is a very similar method to how I get my windows clean – Barry does it. I’m telling ya ladies, use your wifely skills to get these important cleaning tasks done!
*This post is linked at Tip Me Tuesday on Tip Junkie, at Works For Me Wednesday on We Are That Family, at Homestead Barn Hop at Homestead Revival, at Happy Homemaker Monday at Diary of a Stay At Home Mom, at Finer Things Friday on Amy’s Finer Things, at Simple Lives Thursday on GNOWFLGINS, at Proverbs 31 Thursday at Raising Mighty Arrows, and at Frugal Days Sustainable Ways at Frugally Sustainable.