How to Clean Curtains and Blinds

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Curtains get dirty very easily. Whilst they may look clean they collect dirt and dust coming through the windows, oils and dirty hands, and absorb smells from around the home such as pets and cooking aromas, which over times leaves them less than clean and fresh.

How to Clean Curtains

  1. Please check for washing instructions.
  2. Carefully remove from rods.
  3. Remove any hooks.
  4. Handwash – use cold water and mild detergent, wash each drape separately, using the laundry tub or bathtub; or
  5. Gentle machine wash – use cold or warm water, follow instructions on tag, use mild detergent, don’t overload washer this will cause creases.
  6. Dry – hang on line face the back of the curtain to the sun to prevent sun damage, or tumble dry using a short delicate cycle.
  7. Remove heavy fabrics from washing while slightly damp, this will prevent a lot of creases.  If there are alot of creases you can iron them out, however, they will fall out within a week or so. Iron on the reverse side.
  8. Hang curtains back up.


  • When drawing curtains daily give them a shake, this will remove some dust.
  • Vacuum curtains and blinds during your regular cleaning routine, using a soft brush attachment

How to Clean blinds

Vacuum using the small brush attachment or use a handheld duster to remove dust.  Don’t use water this will cause swelling and stain.

To clean horizontal blinds use cotton gloves or a sock over your hand to wipe over each slat, or alternatively, you can dust and clean blinds with this trendy Mini Blind Duster (which is now available in my shop here).

White magic mini blind duster

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Jenn Riedel November 22, 2010 - 7:05 PM

Hi Katrina,

Great post – I was only thinking this morning I might do a cleaning hit list so I'm already for Christmas and it's not a mad panic in the last week!

While the vacuum is out I also give the flyscreens a good clean with the soft brush attachment as well.



Jill November 22, 2010 - 11:41 PM

I look forward to seeing what task you have for us, this will be a good way to start of the fesitive period and school holidays.

Curtain Dry Cleaning in Adelaide December 20, 2014 - 5:31 PM

Being Monday I always give the house a good clean after the week-end… I was thinking about the spring cleaning and I agree if we do not get it done soon it will be to HOT…We have a horrible hot wind blowing through at the moment that is blowing dust every-where.

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kate May 4, 2017 - 8:16 PM

currently browsing through the cleaning archives and I’m so glad I found this! I work with window blinds but I’m always on the lookout for cleaning tips. Thanks for sharing!

Toms Curtain Cleaning September 27, 2018 - 10:34 PM

Curtain Cleaning is equally important to consider while cleaning your home this New Year.

Catherine August 5, 2019 - 6:09 AM

Hi Kat, Do you have any advise on the best way to clean vertical blinds and the cords?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 6, 2019 - 9:32 AM

Catherine I don’t have any specific advise on vertical blinds and cords. I use a small brush attachment on my vacuum or a hand held duster to clean my blinds, and if the cords need cleaning I’d simply use a damp cloth to wipe them down. Hope this helps lovely. Kat x

Stanley Thomas September 25, 2020 - 4:23 PM

You take the curtains and shades off the windows. Clean the glass with Windex or a mild soapy water solution. Wipe down the window frames and sill.

Farah Dyer-Steel September 28, 2020 - 7:21 AM

Yes I definitely need help with cleaning vertical blinds. We live in a humid area and do not have a dehumidifier. The ensuite does not have a fan or a ‘tastic’ either so it’s always dripping with moisture in the cooler months and there is mildew springing up everywhere, I’m in constant battle with it. Now the mildew has come out into the master bedroom on to the long vertical blinds and it’s making me anxious as, esp as we are in a rental. It’s an ongoing nightmare

Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 28, 2020 - 2:39 PM

Farah that doesn’t sound like much fun for you at all 🙁 I would suggest putting something in writing to your real estate so that they know you’re doing everything you can (in the absence of an exhaust fan) to keep the moisture and mildew at bay. Good luck! Kat x

Bronwyn Caltabiano October 1, 2021 - 11:00 AM

What about holland blinds? Any tips for them


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