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The 2 Things You Need To Do To Your Ceiling Fans ASAP

It's time to get your ceiling fans ready for cold weather! I'll show you a quick and easy way to clean them AND teach you how to set them up to keep you cozy all winter.

Today we’re going to be talking about ceiling fans, which might seem a little surprising! After all, the hottest months of the year are over, and many of us are either currently preparing, or soon will be, for the cold winter weather ahead.

But cleaning your ceiling fans actually is an important part of getting ready for cold weather. That’s because you can continue using your ceiling fans during cold weather not to keep a room cool, but to warm it up! And all it takes is a simple flip of a switch.

Using Your Ceiling Fans In Cold Weather

While we typically rely on ceiling fans to help keep our houses cool by drawing warm air up towards the ceiling, many people don’t realize that they can also do the opposite. Simply by flipping a small switch that changes the rotation of the blades, the fan can help push warm air down into the room instead, helping to keep it warm rather than cooling it off.

To use your ceiling fan during cold weather, just make sure that the blades are rotating in a clockwise direction, rather than counterclockwise. It’s also a good idea to make sure your fan blades aren’t spreading dust around the room as they spin, and I’ll be sharing a super simple way to clean your ceiling fan in today’s post! 🙂

Note: We got rid of our one ceiling fan when we installed some new lighting fixtures in our living room last year, but luckily my friend Michell was willing to let us use hers to take these photos! Her fan blades were already cleaner than I think mine ever were, but rest assured that this cleaning trick works wonders on even the dustiest blades!

Related: 11 Clever Cleaning Shortcuts That Will Save You So Much Time

How To Clean A Ceiling Fan The Easy Way

You’ll need:


The safest way to clean anything that runs on electricity is to cut the power first. If you know which circuit your ceiling fan is on, flip the breaker to the OFF position.

Once you’ve cut the power, grab your pillowcase and a ladder or step stool, if necessary. Slide the pillowcase over one of the blades, sandwich it against the top and bottom of the blade with your hands, then slide the pillowcase towards the end of the blade.

As you do this, all of the dirt, dust, and grime will collect inside the pillowcase, cleaning the blade while containing the mess! Once you’ve cleaned all of the blades, all you have to do is shake out the pillowcase outside and then toss it in the wash!

If your fan’s motor housing looks dusty too, use compressed air to dislodge it. (It’s a good idea to hold the pillowcase open around the motor housing as you do this to avoid blowing dust everywhere!)

And that’s pretty much all there is to it! But if you want to go the extra mile to help keep your fan blades dust-free for as long as possible, I recommend applying a dusting spray to the blades using a soft cloth.

Using this method to clean a ceiling fan is so simple and effective, it will make your head spin. It takes seconds to do each blade, and you can finish the entire project in about five minutes total!

So take a few minutes this week to get your fan cleaned up and ready for color weather; you’ll be glad you did!

Related: 7 Of The Best Home Cleaning Hacks You’ll Ever Try

Do you use your ceiling fans during cold weather?

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