How to Clean a Box Fan

Box Fan
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Items Needed
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Box fans are efficient devices that distribute the ambient air throughout a house or room. They do this by absorbing the air that comes through the rear of the fan and blowing it out through the front. Very often, the parts of a fan accumulate some of the dirt and dust that passes through them. This may damage the quality of air that blows through the fan, as well as the mechanical parts.

A box fan is usually moved throughout the house, from room to room or from any room to the house´s windows. Moving a dirty fan may be detrimental for your health and may also cause your clothes to get dirty. By disassembling and cleaning the moving parts in your fan, you will provide your fan with a nice and clean looking appearance, while at the same time, allowing the circulation of cleaner and high quality air into your house.

What do I Need to Clean a Box Fan?

  • Philips screwdriver
  • Synthetic cleaning sponge
  • Two pieces of cloth
  • Vinegar
  • Detergent

For this project, you need to gather all the needed cleaning tools together. Place these items near the working place, close to the box fan, so you will choose the right cleaning item when needed. While you do the cleaning of your fan, don´t forget to wear a pair of gloves on your hands.


First of all, you need to disassemble the fan´s front and back grills. You will most likely need a screwdriver to do this, but if your fan is like mine, a simple twist, which you can perform with two fingers, to the metal fasteners will suffice. Use a small plastic, or any other material, container on where to place the screws or metal fasteners.

How to Disassemble a Box Fan?

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Once all the movable parts have been disassembled, take them to a place where you can wash them with soap and water. It might be the kitchen sink or the bathroom floor. You may also take them outside of the house, for example, the garage, where you can wipe off all the dirt and lint off the grills with ease.

Use the synthetic sponge to scrub the fan´s grates until all the grime and lint come off. For those reduced spots between the grill, use the toothbrush.

Scrubbing with Toothbrush
Scrubbing with Toothbrush | Source

Make another mixture of water and soap to continue cleaning the fan´s non-movable parts and the fan´s motor. If you can, try to use pressurized air over the motor first. Soak one piece of cloth and wipe off the inside and outside of the grill. You might have to soak the cloth several times into soapy water.

Soak another piece of cloth in soapy water to wipe off the dirt off the motor. Make sure that the piece of cloth is slightly soaked in water and rinse it completely after each wiping. Soak the sponge in the soapy water to wipe off the grill, motor, and then, wipe off the fan´s propellers.

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Deodorize with Vinegar

Lastly, make a last mixture of half water and half white distilled vinegar. This kind of mixture will kill bacteria and germs that could be still inhabiting the fan. Moreover, white distilled vinegar will remove odors from your box fan.

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Cleaned Box Fan
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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

i usually use clean water, not soaps.


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unvrso 2 years ago from Mexico City Author

You can use either or both, Whatever you choose, as long as the liquid can clean the rust and dust from the fan,

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