How to Clean a Bathroom Exhaust Fan with Vinegar

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A bathroom exhaust fan is a must for your home. It serves to remove moisture and odors from the air, keeping you and your family safe from mold and mildew, which can cause respiratory ailments like asthma and allergies.

But if you don’t clean your bathroom exhaust fan regularly, it’s not going to function properly. How often should you clean it? And how do you get started?

In this article, I’ll show you how to clean your bathroom exhaust fan naturally by using vinegar.

Let’s get started.

What You’ll Need:

  • Vinegar
  • Damp cloth or sponge
  • Screwdriver (if needed)


  1. Make sure the fan is unplugged then remove the grill of your bathroom fan.
  2. Clean out any dust or debris that has built up in the blades and motor. A vacuum can be used to remove this with ease, but if you don’t have one available, a good old-fashioned blower will work just fine as well.
  3. Once you’ve cleaned out all of the gunk buildups, take some time to thoroughly wipe down every surface of your fan with vinegar-soaked cloths or rags until they look pristine again!
  4. Finally, put back the grill and admire your sparkling new exhaust system as it works its magic!

Benefits of Cleaning Your Bathroom Exhaust Fan with Vinegar

  1. The lifespan of your exhaust fan is extended. A clean exhaust fan will guarantee that it operates at maximum efficiency.
  2. Removes allergens and dust particles
  3. Prevents mold and mildew from forming on the fan blades and motor
  4. Reduces the risk of bacteria, viruses, and asthma by reducing airborne particulates in your bathroom. If you have a persistent cough or other respiratory illness that lingers for weeks at a time—and especially if you’re susceptible to infection because of weakened immune systems—cleaning your bathroom exhaust fan with vinegar is an easy way to reduce airborne particulates which may be exacerbating your symptoms.

How Often Should You Clean Your Bathroom Exhaust Fan?

You should clean your bathroom exhaust fan at least twice a year. This will help prevent clogs and obstructions in the fan and make it run more efficiently.

If you notice any of the following symptoms, it’s time to clean:

  • The fan is running slower than normal or isn’t turning on at all.
  • The fan smells bad like dust or mildew
  • There are visible signs of mildew or thick dust buildup on the blades of your fan.


The benefits of cleaning your ceiling fan with vinegar are numerous. You’ll be able to enjoy a long-lasting, clean and healthy bathroom without the stress of worrying that you’ll have to replace it in the near future.

Additionally, you can feel good knowing that you’ve made an environmentally-friendly choice by using vinegar instead of harsh chemicals on your ceiling fan.

If you’re looking for more DIY cleaning tips, check out my article on how to clean shower tiles using baking soda. You might want to try it out.

Thanks for reading.

-Baking Soda Guy

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