Sustainable Project #3: DIY ceiling fan cleaning cloth!

Whoa, it is hot!

We had a very confused, blizzard filled April, a very rainy May and now the weather is ready to jump into summer. The fans are ready to twirl, but there is a lot of dust that accumulates on top of a ceiling fan. Let’s put all those nice little cilia hairs to work, right? No.

We unfortunately do not have any ceiling fans in our house, but my mother in law does. While helping her get ready for guests, we were trying to find a good way to clean the fans. I remembered that we had purchased a swiffer duster brush and had seen many patterns for reusable brushes. I told her I would grab the brush and bring it by the next day.

Well, thanks to a faulty sense of time, due to child rearing, turns out we bought that duster 3-4 years ago and it has been long gone after 3-4 moves. So, I had to think of something else, quickly. Since, you know, no one likes a disappointed mother in law.

After some googling on how to clean ceiling fans I came across the idea of using a pillowcase to enclose the fan blade and clean without having all the dust fall down, almost all of it stays entrapped in the pillowcase. Genius.

However, there is no way I am going to use a good or bad pillowcase to clean something. Oh no! There are too many other awesome things to do with a pillowcase, for example, there’s the pillowcase bag, pillowcase skirt, pillowcase dress, pillowcase shirt, pillowcase ironing board cover, pillowcase pillowcase, it could go on and on.

I looked around my house to see what I could find and lo and behold, I had two old, ratty, torn, dish towels! Perfect!!

Here is what you will need:


Two old, gross dish towels, scissors, and a needle and thread (or a sewing machine).


This  dish towel had a giant gash in the center and tons of ripped up edges. I trimmed the edges a bit so they wouldn’t get caught in my machine and cause un-slightly damages. Then I stitched up the center.


Lay the two dish towels right sides together.


Then pin and sew! When you sew them together be sure to put your seam inside of the hemmed edge, instead of on it. This is something nice you could do for yourself and/or your machine.


Wa-la! Done!


Here it is from the other side.


This is what the side seam looks like.

IMG_4100The towels in action! We just sprayed a little water on the fan blade and then ran the towel along it, scrubbing a bit in the tighter spots. The best part about this, the towel fibers trap the dust better than pillow material would AND after you are done you can throw it in the wash!

I knew I was keeping those towels around for something.

This project with a sewing machine took all of ten minutes.

Happy Sustainable Cleaning!!


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