The ceiling fan is often the least-cleaned home appliance because it is not easy to reach or see the amount of dust on the fan’s blades. Additionally, it is hard to clean a ceiling fan without causing a messy floor. Keeping a ceiling fan clean is important because if a dusty or dirty fan runs in a home, it will blow particles in the air, which can cause poor air quality.
With other ceiling fan cleaning methods, the dust cleaned off the fan blades will come straight down onto the ground. However, the fan duster discussed in this article provides a solution in preventing the floor from being filled with fan dust.
How to Make a DIY Fan Duster
If you do not want to buy a ceiling fan duster, you can easily make one yourself with two pillowcases, foam, a needle, and thread.
- Step 1: Measure the length of the fan blade to ensure the pillowcase is longer. If the pillowcase is shorter than the blades of your ceiling fans, you must use two pillowcases.
- Step 2: Tear the pillowcase so that it is open at both ends. Stitch one pillowcase to the other to create one long pillowcase.
- Step 3: Slice the foam to make it as flat as possible.
- Step 4: Turn your 2-in-1 pillowcase inside out and cover both sides with each piece of flat foam.
- Step 5: Stitch the foam to the pillowcase on both sides. Make sure the foam pieces are as flat as possible.
- Step 6: Turn the inside-out pillowcase back to its original condition with the foam now on the inside.
How to Use Your DIY Fan Duster
The first step is to soak the pillowcase with its inner foam inside with mild, soapy water. Squeeze the pillowcase gently so that it will only be wet. If you don’t squeeze it, the fan duster will be dripping with water. Next, cover the first fan blade entirely. With one hand at the top, and the other at the bottom, holding the blade firmly, gently pull the pillowcase out so that the foam inside will mop out all the dust on both sides of the blade.
Soak the pillowcase inside the same soapy water again and squeeze it gently. Then, repeat the process for the remaining blades, making sure the pillowcase reaches each end. Hold the pillowcase tightly above and below the blade and gently slip it out to mop the dust. Don’t forget to clean the ceiling fan chain too!
It is necessary to clean the pillowcase with water after each blade to remove any traces of soap on the blades. You’ll see that your ceiling fan will be sparkling clean and there will be no dust on the ground. Once you are finished, turn the duster inside out to be able to wash off the dirt from the foam. Leave it to dry.