Wednesday, June 1, 2011

How to Clean Wood Blinds


I have white wood blinds in my kitchen and as you know anything in the kitchen is hard to clean because of the grease factor. Not just dusty but sticky and dusty. I tried all kinds of cleaners and nothing was budging the build up on these wood blinds. Then I remembered how well Rubbing Alcohol worked on other cleaning projects in the kitchen so I gave it a shot and wow it worked like magic. Here is how I did it. Take an old tube sock and lightly dampen, then just keep the bottle of alcohol nearby and keep dabbing the sock with it, rotating the sock as it gets dirty. This works great on gripping the blinds. When the sock is dirty just rinse out real well with hot water and ring out well to continue. The alcohol cuts the grease and now my blinds are sparkling clean.

And to make it easier pull an old sock on your hand to use that way you can rub both sides of the blind at once.

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18 comments:

Kerin said...

What a great idea! I'm sure that it works like a charm. I've been making my own glass cleaner with rubbing alcohol, and it works so much better than any commercial brand....hands down!
Have a great week :)

Holly said...

Shoot! I was hoping to just buy new blinds. Seriously, I can't tell you the last time I cleaned mine, gross huh? Thanks so much for this tip. Will try it later today!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I have never heard about rubbing alcohol being a cleaning product. That is great. Blinds are a pain to clean, but I love how they look!

Linda said...

I have used rubbing alcohol for years...it makes a great glass cleaner. I also love the Mr. Clean Magic erasers...they clean everything!

poppilinnstudios said...

Ok, I've been avoiding cleaning the blinds! (Keep hopping on the darn computer) But now I'll have to give this a try. If it's quick and easy, I'll do it! Thanks for the tip.
-lynn

clustres said...

Great idea! Thanks, I have lots of plantation shutters to clean!

Donna said...

Great idea! Thank you! I have wood blinds all over the house.

Donna

laurie said...

You know I remember reading this but it slipped my mind,,good to have some one who has tried it though,,I put mine in the tub once and never did that again,,its easier to but new ones,, or do as I do and don't look,,

Dayle said...

Wonder if this would work on brown wood blinds without taking off the finish.

Curtains In My Tree said...

I am trying that on my old plastic blinds also to see if it works

Mandie said...

ohh, great idea. I have the white wood blinds as well. I had been using Windex but will try the alcohol now. Thanks :-)

Holly said...

Ok, so I did it. Let me tell all you people commenting, it really does work. She wasn't lying, at all! Super clean and streak free. I think I love her.

Sunny Simple Life said...

Holly you are awesome. I wouldn't lie to you girl!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Ugh!!! I hate this chore, but I appreciate this tip!

blessedmom's simple home said...

I'm so glad you shared this. I'm forever trying to keep these clean. A sock and rubbing alcohol, who'd of thunk? :-)
Blessings,
Marcia

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

I was just thinking today that I need to clean my blinds. Thanks for sharing this info at my party.
xo,
Sherry

Earl Finnegan said...

I have some wood blinds Phoenix that could definitely use some brushing up. Thanks for the how-to!

Mary @ Ms. Redo said...

You are so smart, I know what I'll be doing today :) Thanks for the info ~ Mary

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