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I wanted to figure out the best way to clean blinds without taking them down! I had figured out how to clean blinds in the bathtub. But that was too hard and time-consuming. I figured out how to dust my blinds fast and easy and can’t wait to share with you! Because I love sharing new cleaning hacks, cleaning tips and tricks, and easy recipes. I remember how overwhelmed I used to be with all of the housekeeping and spring cleaning and want to lighten your load as much as I can. I mean, who wants to take those dusty blinds down?
BEST WAY TO CLEAN BLINDS – FAST & EASY
Overwhelmed women have asked me how to clean blinds without taking them down because nobody has time for that! AmIright? With the following cleaning blinds hack, you could literally learn how to clean blinds correctly and be done in seconds. I break down ideas on the best way to clean blinds depending on what you are starting with – no matter whether they are fabric or not. This includes:
- how to clean aluminum blinds
- how to clean vinyl blinds
- What is the easiest way to clean fabric blinds?
- the best way to clean wood blinds
- How do you clean faux wood blinds without taking them down?
- the best way to clean plantation shutters
#1 BEST WAY TO CLEAN BLINDS IF THE DUST IS THICK
Part A: Swiping across the blinds quickly with a dustbuster does the job the best to remove thick layers of dust so that it doesn’t fly everywhere or make a huge mess. If you do not own one of those, use the upholstery tool of your vacuum cleaner to perform the same action.
Take two dry socks on your arms and dip them in soapy (Dawn) water and then use one hand to lay blinds flat while the other hand swipes from left to right along the blinds or shutters. Don’t forget to turn the blinds the opposite way and do the other side as well!
#2 BEST WAY TO CLEAN BLINDS IF THE DUST IS NOT THICK
If there isn’t much dust on your blinds or you are performing maintenance on cleaning your blinds, then your method is simple. Follow the direction given in Part B in the previous paragraph. When you are done, simply wash the socks and save them for next time.
Socks as your dusting tool are the quick and cheap way to go. If you prefer to have a real dusting tool, try the duster brush with microfiber sleeves. I also highly recommend having an air purifier or two in your home as I mentioned in my how to dust post.
HOW TO CLEAN BLINDS FAQS
How do you clean fabric blinds?
The main thing about cleaning fabric blinds is that you do not want to submerge them into liquid of any kind. If they are extremely dusty, I would follow instructions to #1 above and then follow with #2 if necessary.
How do you deep clean blinds?
For deep cleaning blinds, follow instructions of #1 and #2 above if necessary and follow up with a cloth that had Dawn dish detergent on it (as long as they aren’t fabric blinds). Another method is to use a bleach cleaning wipe.
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Getting to the point where you are just “touching up” a couple times a month, as in example #2 above, is ideally where you want to be. Depending on whether you live in suburbia, a big city full of smog, or on a rural dirt road, your timetable will be different from other people.
My suggestion is to set a reminder on your phone (yes, I’m serious) for a week from now and see if your blinds need to be cleaned weekly. If not, set it to every other week.
Don’t put it off – go set a timer and get it done, friend. You’ll be amazed how quickly you can really know this cleaning hack out! Hope this helps you keep it simple and get it done quickly, my friend.
Everyone hates cleaning blinds. I remember my mom taking hers down and putting them in the bathtub to clean. This looks much easier and faster.
Yes, the same for me, Candy. Even as a kid, I remember thinking that I was glad I wasn’t a Mom because I didn’t want to have to go through all of that. haha I still don’t plan on it! 🙂
It’s definitely one of the worst jobs. Using a sock is an ingenious idea to clean your blinds. Going to try this!
Aw! I hope it helps make the job a lot quicker and easier, Lucy. Thanks!
Great tips – I hate cleaning my blinds (hence they rarely get done!)… I’m going to give your tips a go!
I hear ya, Kate!!! I hope it helps you ‘get it done’ quick & easier!
I am glad I came across your post today. I definitely needed a better and faster way to clean my blinds. Thanks for sharing.
I love the brush with microfiber sleeves, it would be easier to clean the blind with it, I usually just close the blind then wipe it down, then I close the blind again on different direction then wipe it down again, lol.
where has this been my whole adult life?! I avoid cleaning blinds like the plague! thank you for the tips!
The sock idea is genius!! I have neglected my blinds longer than I care to admit:)
Such a good life hack! my best practice so far has just been not to do it….yikes! Thanks!
I use old socks to dust around the house but never thought to use them to clean my blinds. I’ve still been throwing them into the tub and hating every second of it, lol! And Dawn…is there anything Dawn is NOT good for? Love that stuff!
I always struggle with cleaning my blinds but that duster brush looks awesome. I definitely need one of those! It would make cleaning so much easier & quicker.
These are great tips. I am not a huge fan of cleaning my blinds, so I will definitely give your tips a go!
I’m ashamed to say that I have left my blinds for FAR too long and it’s driving me crazy. I want to pick up some of those microfibre sleeves. You’ve inspired me to get my act in gear!
Blind are tough to get clean and time-consuming. Usually, I take them down and try to wipe them individually but again, it takes forever. I may have to grab one of those blind cleaners. Thanks for sharing!
This is an excellent time saver. Cleaning blinds can really be a pain either way. This looks like it would be a big help!
Thank you for these tips! We are in the process of moving and will need to clean the blinds!
This is great! So need to do this, but I think I’ve been avoiding it because normally removing them is the absolute worst!
I love the idea of setting a timer to figure out how often to clean the blinds. This can be used for so many other things, too. Great tips!
I always use my vacuum for the blinds. It’s so much quicker and easier!
I will have to share this! My friends and I were just talking about this. Thanks for the tips.
Thanks for sharing this. I hate cleaning blinds for this reason alone!
Cleaning blinds can be a huge pain especially when most of my windows have them. I’ve always used a set of tongs and wrap a microfiber cloth around them. Thanks for sharing these tips!
Oooh, LOVE this hack! This all sounds SO much simpler than anything else I’ve ever heard of or tried – thanks so much for the awesome tip! (OK, tip*s* including starting with the vacuum if the blinds are really dusty *she raises her hand high*…)
This is such an amazing tip! Cleaning blinds is one of those tasks that I absolutely despise doing.
I’m looking for a hand-held vacuum with flexible attachment that I can use to clean the higher slats on the blinds, the tops of the curtains where dust collects (I DO take them down annually and wash them, but they are a pain to re-hang), and the tops of cabinets. Even dusting with sheep’s wool causes dust to go everywhere! So, I’m thinking an initial vacuum, followed by sock slat washing. It will still take FOREVER at my house, but I need to start somewhere! Thanks for the encouragement.