The Fastest and Easiest Way to Clean Your Lampshades

Sometimes I think cleaning is fun. There. I said it.

I usually do a quick bit of dusting on Saturdays and I always save the lampshades for last because it’s my favorite part. They collect all kinds of dust and pet fur throughout the week and vacuuming them, even with the most high-powered vacuum, just never seems to cut it. This is where the trusty lint roller, right hand man of pet owners everywhere, comes into play.

Lint rolling is pretty fun, you’ve got to admit.

Here are a couple of my lampshades before. I’ve discovered that dust is crazy difficult to take pictures of, but trust me. There’s a lot of yuck on them.

I don’t know how I came up with the idea to use a lint roller, but I’m so glad I did. Works like a charm.

See? There was dust there! It takes probably 4 or 5 sheets to do all 5 of the lampshades in my living room and dining room. This isn’t exactly the greenest solution, but that’s only because I have a whole stock pile of roller refills to go through that I bought awhile ago. If you don’t already have disposable rollers to use up, those rinse-able sticky rollers would be a great idea.

So what do you get in the end? Perfectly dust-free lamp shades, zero frustration, and a little bit of fun too!

Hope you enjoy this one as much as I do!



  1. says

    Totally love this idea, cant believe I never thouhgt of this …I love my lint roller too, it’s totally a fun way to clean your lamps.. thanks for the tip xoxoElle

  2. Anonymous says

    I do this too! Works great :). I also use compressed air cans (like to clean keyboards) to clean silk plants if that helps anyone.

  3. Anonymous says

    A clean microfiber cloth also works very well. If you do this be sure to shake it out outside in between shades!

    • Mabel says

      I have a really old shade that I thought I would have to replace it !!! So I thought what do I have to lose…… So I sprayed it with Awesome cleaner and let it set in my tub. I went back to it about 15 min. later… to my surprise it LOOKS NEW!!!! And it is just the same as the one in this tip!!!


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