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This Household Item Can Help You Clean Your Ceiling Fan

A person cleans a ceiling fan.
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Let’s be honest, there are a lot of household chores that are less than enjoyable. Perhaps one of the worst is when dust falls all over your face while you’re cleaning the ceiling fan. Turns out, though, a common household item can help.

According to Clean That Up! on TikTok, a pillowcase is the perfect tool for getting all that dust off your ceiling fan, and saving your face and hair from being coated at the same time.

While this might not be a new tip for some, it has racked up some serious views on the video-sharing platform and found a whole new audience. It was one of the first tips posted by Clean That up! and has since amassed over 224,000 likes with people recreating the hack on their own platforms.

If you’re not familiar with the trick, how exactly do you use a pillowcase to clean a ceiling fan?


This was one of my first cleaning hack vids I shared on tiktok this past year. I’m humbled by the love and support. Thank you my fellow clean freaks💚

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All you need to do is take an empty, old (and easily washable) pillow case and slip it over your fan’s blade Then, using your hands, pull the case off so that it strips the dust as you go. If you need to go back a second time to get the edges, simply slip the case back on and run your hands along the sides are you pull it off a second time. When you’re done, all the dust and debris will be trapped in the case. Take outside, shake it out, and then toss it in the wash.

1.5-to-5 ft Flexible Fan Duster

You can always use a traditional duster.

Not feeling like doing laundry post ceiling fan cleaning? There are actually several ways to clean a ceiling fan, so you can always opt for a different technique. The sky, or, well, the ceiling is the limit.

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Shea Simmons is the Assignments Editor at LifeSavvy. Previously, she worked as a freelance writer with a focus on beauty and lifestyle content. Her work has appeared in Bustle, Allure, and Hello Giggles. Read Full Bio »
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