How to Clean Your Desk Fan with Baking Soda

desk fan cover

I love having my desk fan around. It’s probably my most used appliance at home. Having a cool breeze is a big relief, especially in the summer.

What’s not cool is having a dirty fan. Dust can quickly accumulate on the fans’ blades and cages. This is bad news, especially when you have allergies like me.

When you turn on a dirty fan, dust and dust mites spread around the room and settle on your bed and curtains. It can trigger allergies and have you wheezing in no time. That’s why it’s important to always keep your desk fan clean.

In this article, I’ll show you 2 ways to clean your desk fan with baking soda. Both these methods will require you to open the fan cage and remove the blades. They’re not “quick and easy” methods, but I guarantee that you will love the result.

So let’s start cleaning.

Spray and Wipe Method

I use this method almost weekly. Sometimes I don’t even disassemble the fan. Just be careful not to get the electrical parts wet when spraying into the fan.

What you’ll need:

Baking soda
Spray bottle
Clean cloth

spray method what you need


1. Take apart the fan. Remove the blades and the front and back cages. 

disassemble fan

2. In a spray bottle, mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 2 cups of water. Shake well.

shake spray bottle

3. Spray the cleaning solution on the parts. Let it sit for a minute or two.

spray fan

4. Use a cloth to wipe the cage and blades of the fan. 

scrub fan

5. Rinse the parts with clean water. Then let it dry.

rinse fan blades

6. Put the fan back together. Done!

Warning: Never let water get into the fan motor and electrical parts.

Soak Method

I use the soak method at least once every quarter. This method deep cleans the blades and cage of my desk fan. This takes a bit longer than the spray method but results in a much cleaner fan.

What You’ll Need:

Baking Soda
Clean cloth
Dish soap

soak method what you need

1. Open the fan cage and remove the blades, front and back cages. 

soak method disassemble fan

2. Fill the basin with water. Pour a cup of baking soda and a few drops of dish soap. Mix them until you see some bubbles.

baking soda water and dish soap

3. Soak the blades and cages in the solution for 20-30minutes.

soak fan parts

4. Remove the parts from the basin and use a cloth or brush to scrub off the remaining dust. You’ll notice that they’re much easier to scrub off now. 

soak scrub fan cage

5. Rinse with clean water and dry.

rinse fan cage

6. Put the fan back together. Done!

clean fan

Warning: Never let water get into the fan motor and electrical parts.


Baking soda is a natural way to clean your electric fan to get rid of any dust and odors you would otherwise be breathing in!

Are you still looking for more ways to clean with baking soda? Check out my article on how to remove coffee stains from your carpet with baking soda.

I hope that you find this post helpful.

Thanks for reading.

-Baking Soda Guy