Use A Pillow Case To Clean Your Ceiling Fan Without The Mess

Use A Pillow Case To Clean Your Ceiling Fan Without The Mess

If you’ve tried cleaning a ceiling fan, you know it’s not an easy task with standard tools. As green living blog Re-Nest has discovered, it’s actually really simple and hassle-free if you just use a pillow case. Here’s how it works:

Hook your old pillow case over a fin of the ceiling fan, hold the end and slide it along the fin. The pillow case traps all the dust and when you’re done you can take it outside, turn it inside out, shake it clean and wash it as usual.

I tried this out on my own ceiling fan (pictured above) and it worked really well. I was able to clean the fan in about 30 seconds with virtually no mess. The only problem? I have to figure out where I put my last clean pillowcase…

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  • When in a hotel in Brazil with about 50 pilfered Limao (Lemon/Limes) and a few bottles of Cachaca, some ice, but no knife to cut the limes up with – we found that throwing them up at the ceiling fan (set to rotate at high speed) was a remarkably effective (if slightly messy) way of chopping them almost exactly in half. Quite good fun too!

    It was certainly fun.

  • Wow, Gav. Brazilian ceiling fans are fast and sharp enough to cut citrus, and you’re possessed of world-class timing sufficient to toss the fruit at just the right time to cut it almost exactly in half. What an amazing story!!!!

    Sure that’s the only kind of tossing you’re engaged in, here?

  • PS, when I was a kid, a mate and I thought we could cut a banana with a steel ceiling fan on full. It was quite a ripe banana, and the fan blade merely pushed it over, pathetically failing to even snap the banana fully.

    I make orange juice and lemonade for my kids all the time, and citrus won’t cut easily without a sharp knife.

    Why do some people find the need to make up crap about stuff like this? Do you really have nothing better to do? Gav, please don’t vote. Or breed.

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