How I Keep My Fan-y Clean

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How to Clean a Floor Fan or Box Fan Using this Everyday Appliance | Super Fast and Easy | Cleaining | CreativeCainCabin.comGot ya didn’t I? I know you were hoping this wasn’t a post about my back side, and believe me I wouldn’t be showing it off. I don’t want to scare anyone. This is actually about my floor fan.

How to Clean a Floor Fan or Box Fan Using this Everyday Appliance | Super Fast and Easy | Cleaining | CreativeCainCabin.comSee how filthy it is? I always wonder how a moving fan can gather so much dust, but it does. It doesn’t help that we have pets in the house even though I have a vacuum obsession. I think that thing is always on, I can’t stand pet hair rolling like a tumbleweed across my wood floors. Anyway here’s why my brilliant idea formed. I HATE to clean fans, all those tiny groove and slats are almost impossible to get looking new again, so here’s what I did………..

How to Clean a Floor Fan or Box Fan Using this Everyday Appliance | Super Fast and Easy | Cleaining | CreativeCainCabin.comIn less than 3 minutes I had that baby apart and it went into my dishwasher. Yep you read that right I cleaned it in my DISHWASHER…’s how: 

1: Filthy fan   2. Either take out the screws around the edge or in my case they have small flip latches.   3. Turn the nut in the center of the blade, clockwise, I know that doesn’t sound right but believe me they’re all attached the opposite way you think. (No righty tighty, lefty loosy in this case)   4. Now that the center nut is off pull off the blades and the back panel, in my case there were four screws to take out.    5. Put the blades and metal housing into the dishwasher and send it for a cycle.   6. Reassemble. 

How to Clean a Floor Fan or Box Fan Using this Everyday Appliance | Super Fast and Easy | Cleaining | CreativeCainCabin.comHoly cow, it turned out looking like new and all I had to do was remove a few screws. This is my new way to clean a fan for sure. No more trying to clean all those tiny wire sections. You may notice the artwork in the background, they are drawings my now 20 year old did when he was 7. I’ll be back to show you more, but I framed them all and will be doing a whole wall of them in my office. 

How to Clean a Floor Fan or Box Fan Using this Everyday Appliance | Super Fast and Easy | Cleaining | CreativeCainCabin.comSo with my nice clean fan I’m ready for summer. We only need our air about 3 days out of the year, so fans are used more than anything. So tell me will you give this a try?




  1. says

    Wow Dawn!…Never would have thought to do that!….Great idea!…Love the fan!…Have a great weekend!

    • says

      Shirley, I love the fan too, it’s cast iron and can be used inside or out. Nice and heavy so the wind cant tip it over.

  2. Lauina says

    I’ve taken my fan apart to clean it but never thought of putting it in dishwasher. I live on the Fl. Gulf coast so I cannot imagine only having to use your fan several days during summer…wow!!! Our ac is running consistently and we also use fans.

    • says

      Lauina, its so fast doing it this way, I’ll never clean it any other way again ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m not a hot weather girl so I couldn’t survive in FL.

  3. Lisa whitmire says

    i love your site and home ,but anyway we also have 3 dogs nour home i have a vacuum obsession also can’t stand dog hair but I’ve got a tip on cleaning fan that i do .I take it outside plug my leaf blower up and blow that fan and you can watch all the dust it’s unreal
    Have great day,

    • says

      Lisa, great idea. I don’t own a leaf blower so I guess I will have to keep using the dishwasher. I bet the leaf blower does a fantastic job though ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Tamara R says

    Wow! What a determined girl with a screwdriver can do!! My biggest dirt problem is… lamp shades! The fuzz is awful… When my husband is using his air compressor I take them out for a quick shoot of air.. the nastiness just flies off! (Take caution though… it can hurt if used improperly!) Have an awesome Friday!

    • says

      Tamara, Good idea for the lamp shades, I always end up vacuuming them. I will have to try the air compressor next time.

  5. Cheryl Major says

    I will be popping my fan parts in the dishwasher…I have about 6 to clean….Thanks Dawn !

    • says

      Cheryl, woow 6 I bet this will speed up the cleaning process for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. crafty.grandma says

    What great idea!!! Do you add dishwashing detergent or anything or just clear water??? The way our house is made the circulation from the AC doesn’t go into the bedroom. At any rate, our temps usually go down so we don’t need the AC on but it sure is nice to have fresh air from outside when there is a breeze…on the nights there is no breeze on comes the fan and that sucker seems to have dust always. LOL!! I actually miss seeing the dog’s hair float by!! Our dog passed away last year and when hubby mentions getting another one, I hesitate because I too was maniac with the vacuum!! Now I do it once a week!!

    • says

      I would love to only vacuum once a week, but it’s more like 3 times a day ๐Ÿ™ What a chore. Yes, I put a dishwashing pod in the cycle just like I do with my dishes and it comes out sparkly clean ๐Ÿ™‚

      • crafty.grandma says

        Will definitely give it a try! thanks and I certainly can relate to vacuuming 3x a day!! One day I will give in to getting another dog until then, I will enjoy my freedom of vacuuming once a week but I do pass the swiffer every day as we have mostly hardwood floors – the carpets are just for decor purposes.

        • says

          When our dog pasees I say no more animals. It’s so hard to travel and Im getting old enough I don’t want to deal with an animal anymore, even though I love animals.

          • crafty.grandma says

            That’s what I said but since we moved to the country from the city and retired, and everyone has two dogs, 4 cats and 3 kids, we are always oooing and awwwing about the dogs. Unfortunately, hubby is not much of a traveller (our excuse not to travel – the dog), and although my first plane trip was overseas, I am terrified of flying!! We still have a 17 year old cat which we have to check to see if he is breathing as he sleeps all day, it seems as if he isn’t even here!! LOL!! I guess we just miss the companionship of the dog even though hubby takes me for my daily walk !!!!

          • says

            LOL so glad hubby walks you. Yes I love animals too but it’s time for us to be without ๐Ÿ™

  7. says

    Now all I have to do is get a dishwasher. Oh well ๐Ÿ™

    • says

      LOL oh no Cindy, ya that may cost more than buying a new clean fan.

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