By Noreen Doll.
A friend who had just moved into a new (to her) house asked me if there was any easy way to clean blinds that had accumulated grime over the years.
I suggested we try hanging them outside on the clothesline to clean them.
After they were hung, we hosed them down from side to side, starting at the top, with a hard stream of water from the hose.
We hosed both sides.
After a few minutes, using Simple Green, we sprayed them from side to side starting at the top. Again we sprayed both sides.
We let the Simple Green sit on them for a few minutes and then hosed both sides down again.
We couldn’t believe the difference! They looked like new blinds.
It took about 15 minutes and hardly any effort at all to clean the blinds.
We left them on the clothesline to dry and then replaced them in the windows.
If you don’t have a clothesline, you could lay them out on the grass (green grass, not dry grass) and do one side at a time.
You could hang them from a swing set, kid’s fort, or from a back yard ramada or patio cover.
Donna left a comment below that she lives in an apartment with no access to a clothesline, and she wondered if there was a way for her to clean her blinds.
I had a light bulb moment! Could you buy an extra (cheap) removable type shower rod to install across the center part of your bathtub or shower. You could then hang the blinds from that and spray them right in the shower.
If that won’t work, do you have a bathtub you could fill full enough to cover the blinds laid in there. Then gently swish the blinds, let them soak, gently swish again and rinse.
Maybe you could put a dowel or PVC pipe across the top of the tile in your shower/bath, to hang the blinds from until they’re dry.
A PVC Pipe Rack might be a solution for hanging blinds to dry in your tub or shower, if they can’t be hung outside.
Does anyone have any other good ideas?
Probably any good spray cleaner would do as well.