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By Tamara Kraus
Updated August 17, 2017
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Wooly Bully Fan Duster

Dust bunnies, fear of heights, and flying dirt are just a few obstacles you face when you’re ready to tackle a ceiling fan that hasn’t been tended to in who knows how long. Luckily, there are some tricks of the trade that make the process way less intimidating, so you can have a prettier looking fan and, more importantly, a more breathable living space.

The pillowcase trick is a tried-and-true editor favorite at Real Simple—if you haven't yet tried it, give it a whirl. But we were recently introduced to another handy appliance the experts swear by: the Fuller ceiling fan duster ($12,

According to Becky Rapinchuk of Clean Mama, this looped duster is a game-changer in the cleaning world. Simply swipe the tool over each blade and—voila!—clean blades, minus the dirt that typically falls to the floor. The telescopic handle not only makes reaching the fan a problem of the past, but it also makes this tool ideal for cleaning walls, the tops of doors, and more.

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If you’re still concerned about dust falling to the floor, you can place an old terry towel or trash bag directly underneath the fan on the ground to catch any stragglers that the duster doesn’t pick up. And always clean top to bottom for the most efficient use of time—swipe the ceiling fan before sweeping or vacuuming the floors.