How to clean ceiling fans with Baking soda & Vinegar

So our renovations started in early December 2017 and I naively thought that after all the months of planning we could just sit back and let the builder and tradies do their thing and I could finally relax...well what was I thinking! The list of to do's just keep going and a lot of small things that we just didn't think of, like removing and cleaning the ceiling fans because the ceiling was being skimmed. So this post takes you through how Pete and I set about cleaning these very filthy things. And because we try to avoid chemical cleaners we only used baking soda and vinegar and they came up a treat. 

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Equipment 

This is just the list of things that we used and I would recommend having if you are going to do the same.

  • Toothbrush

  • Lid or small bowl

  • Bucket

  • Light dishwashing liquid soap

  • Old rags or cleaning cloths

  • Water and Vinegar spray ( see my general cleaner recipe)

  • Ladder

  • Screwdriver

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Preparation 

This is a bit like stating the obvious, however I do need to point out that you need to take the ceiling fan down from the ceiling!. Make sure that you use a ladder, safely, and turn off the power supply as well. You don't want to chop your head off by accidentally setting off the fan while removing it. 

Most ceiling fans can be disassembled by simply unscrewing the screws. We just removed each fan from the centre mechanism. Pete removed the metal cap that went over the motor so we could clean it easier. In the end we had the ceiling fan broken into six parts;

  • 4 fans

  • Central mechanism

  • Metal cap

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Then it was just a matter of getting stuck in and cleaning!

Cleaning

Firstly we filled up the bucket with warm soapy water, light dishwash liquid. We use Ecostore dishwashing liquid

Then I mixed up a paste of baking soda and my general cleaner. I just used the baking soda jar lid. You could use a small bowl instead.

I took each piece and sprayed them first with my general cleaner, then took my toothbrush and used it to spread the "paste" around. Using the toothbrush as a scrubber I was able to scrub all the surfaces and the difficult to get to areas. Pete used the bucket with soapy water to clean off after scrubbing and then simply wiped the surfaces down with a dry clean cloth. Some of the surfaces needed a bit of extra elbow grease (a good hard scrub). Pete and I were really pleased with how well they came up! Almost new looking. 

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The cleaning did not change the slight yellowing of the paint and surface, that is simply an age issue, however by being sparkling clean they looked so much better.

All we had to do was to ensure they dried off well and reassemble the parts, and Bob's your Uncle! it's all done.

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A couple of pointers, as the ceiling fans were of an older type, each fan had a centre cane laminate. To clean this I did just as described above, however I made sure that I used a nice soft toothbrush. This meant that there was no damage to the laminate.

So there you have it, a simple and effective, non chemical way to clean your ceiling fans.

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Well that's it my friends, just short and simply post this time but hopefully of some use and maybe its got you inspired to go clean whatever it is that you have been saying "oh I must clean that sometime" 

Take care and stay safe my friends

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Spring Cleaning the House - How I avoid it

Spring time often feels like we are bears crawling out of our caves into the bright sunlight....my eyeballs hurt!!! It is such a lovely time of year, and then we notice all the winter grime that has built up in the house due to us being depressed by seasonal affective disorder, or just surviving the cold!. So out comes buckets, cleaners, brushes for a good old scrub down...the old "spring clean"  ........really is that what you want to be doing! wouldn't you rather be outside enjoying the sunshine! I certainly do so I actually try and avoid spring cleaning.  

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The Secret 

The honest truth, avoiding spring cleaning actually takes planning and organising and most importantly routine! So don't think you can avoid spring cleaning by doing nothing...well you can of course but you will be living in filth! 

So what is the secret to avoiding spring cleaning? Is it very simple, all you need to do is to have a regular and consistent cleaning routine. This means a daily, weekly, and monthly routine which you follow. The good news is that it is actually just a small amount of cleaning needed to be done on a regular basis. Essentially you can just build it into your normal daily routine and it shouldn't take more than 15 minutes each time.

If you are still with me, then read on McDuff and I`ll take you through my cleaning routine.

The Routine

First up this is my routine and so it is perfect for our house and family, you will need to work out what is best for you and your family.  I'll explain how I developed the routine and this should help you to develop your own.

Break it up baby! This is the key to developing the routine, breaking up all the cleaning jobs into tasks that you can then spread out over your time frames.  This is often what it referred to as zone cleaning.  I do not following this method exactly however it is a really good approach to developing a routine. There are really good blogs and videos all about zone cleaning. I have some blogs posted on my pintererst page here . A good You Tube channel to watch on zone cleaning is How Jen does it

This is my routine which I find works best for me. It did take some trialling and changing to get to work really well and just become part of our daily routine.

Daily

Morning 

  • Make the beds
  • Wipe down and clear kitchen benchs

Evening

  • Clean kitchen sinks 
  • Clean and clear bench tops
  • Clean and wipe front of fridge, microwave, dishwasher
  • Clean and wipe cooking hob and backsplash
  • Wipe around bathroom sink

Weekly

  • Monday - wash all towels and sheets/ dusting and mirrors
  • Tuesday - clean kitchen rubbish and recycle bins/refill all essential oil scent bags/wet floors
  • Wednesday - toliets/bathrooms
  • Thursday - vacuum
  • Sunday - fridge and pantry (I clean this when we do our shopping)

Monthly

I just extend my weekly routine to include

  • Cleaning of window sills and frames
  • Dusting of all window blinds
  • Window cleaning - kitchen
  • Skirting boards 
  • Stair hand rails
  • silver and brass cleaning

Six monthly

  • Windows 
  • silver polish
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Tips and Tricks

When cleaning in a room always wipe the door and door handles. e.g when I clean the toliets and bathrooms I include cleaning down the doors and handles.

Include wall hanging, picture frames etc in your dusting routine. Also dust along the tops of the walls and corners to capture cob webs.

Get yourself a cord free, hand stick vacuum. I have a Dyson and it's the best thing since sliced bread!

Be flexible as your life is busy and things change so adjust the routine as you need to. I always weekly plan and so make any changes to the cleaning routine that I need to. 

Try and try again. Getting the best routine will take some working out, so be prepared to adjust and change the tasks in the routine to get it working for you.

Biggest tip of all is to get into the routine of cleaning often and consistently. It just saves so much time because the cleaning itself takes little time as it is never very dirty! 

Document the task list and routine so you can share it with the family and "delegate" task to other members. 

Cleaning the windows is a half day job in my house so generally we do them six monthly, normally at the end of winter and summer. So yep, it's window cleaning time now...

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The only actual spring cleaning chore I do need to do is to clean the washing machine. Ours is a front end loader and they can get a bit grimy around the rubber seal. See this link from Clean and Sensible which has a great blog on cleaning a front end loader.  

See avoiding spring cleaning isn't that big a deal, just breaking the cleaning into tasks and spreading them out. Actually you can apply that method to any thing you want to achieve. The key is doing each task and sticking to it as it will save you time. I promise you that!

So off you go and enjoy spring with no spring cleaning!

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