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Ceiling Fan VerseHi Y’all!

Welcome to The Hard Hat Belles way to DIY (do it yourself) and LIY (learn it yourself).  Do it, learn it and laugh!!

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Tea for twoWhen we first decided to roll out a video channel as well as a blog,   we thought we would start with an easy show.  Our fantastic fan cleaning episode. Well let me tell you – what we thought would be easy – was not.

Wiebke was the one who came up with idea of cleaning a ceiling fan with a pillow case (I seriously think my fan blades made her crazy), which you can view on YouTube  here or at the bottom of this blog.

I don’t know how it happens, but my ceiling fans just gather dust like spots on a Holstein dairy cow….even though I live on a paved road, my driveway is dirt and I am surrounded by farm land and it is a constant battle to keep the ceiling fans clean.  Now Wiebke’s ceiling fans are always pretty clean.  I don’t know how she does it as she DOES live on a dirt road. Nevertheless,   I cannot say enough about cleaning the fan blades this way except WHY didn’t I know about this sooner.

Cleaning the fan with a pillow case was a piece of cake, but we had to repeat it several times until we finally got into the swing of filming.  So much to learn; script writing, equipment, timing, audio, and filming just amazed us.  We were excited and scared spitless at the same time.  Trust me when I say we are not natural actors (although Wiebke is actually pretty good), but Wiebke and I are really good at having fun with whatever we do.   Come join us, we’re glad you’re here!

This method is super easy and can be done at any time.  All you need is a ceiling fan, a pillow case (I use a dark one which I keep for just that job), gloves (to keep your hands clean – I don’t bother myself as my hands are washable), a pair of goggles (for loose dust) and a step ladder.  I really wished I had known about this several years ago.  My husband was a fan fanatic.  He was always hot and we had one in every room.  Now no more clearing the table or bed before or after cleaning the fan.  It makes me want to do it more often too because now it is not an involved chore.  Five minutes per fan tops!!


  1. Make sure the fan is off as you never know what or who may be hanging around.Peonie's Fan Ride

2.  Supplies Needed: Goggles, pillow case, gloves and you made need a step stool or ladder to reach your ceiling fan. Please use caution when climbing either item. Please see disclaimer here.

Ceiling fan supplies3.  Place the open pillow case over the fan blade.


4.  Press both sides of the pillowcase to the fan blade and drag the pillowcase towards you.


4a.  Repeat until all blades are dusted.

  1. Shake dust out of the pillowcase outside then toss in the washer.

Ceiling fan washer

Easy, peasy and no mess – I love it and you will too!


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Love & Hugs,

Denine & Wiebke

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