It’s Friday again (woo-hoo!) which means it’s time for another great cleaning tip. Today I’m going to show you how to clean something it took me 20+ years to finally do.
In the house I grew up in we had Silhouette blinds and I always wondered why people would buy them because they seemed impossible to clean. Fast forward 20+ years later and we moved into our current home, which, of course, has Silhouette blinds on some of the windows. My first thought was to just take them out back and burn them but then I decided that wasn’t a good option because with all our other projects going on, replacing the blinds isn’t in the budget.
I tried to just ignore them but after 18 months (yes, it took me THAT long to do something about it) I couldn’t handle how dirty they were any longer. The only problem was now that meant I had to come up with a way to clean them. So today I’m sharing my simple solution for how to clean Silhouette blinds that will have them looking new all over again.
Remove them from the window. Yep, you have to take them completely down if you want to give them the best clean possible. Once they are out of the window unroll them so they look like this.
If you have any dead bugs in your blinds then we want to get those out first. You can open the blind and turn them on their side which should drop most of the bugs out (I did this over the bathtub). If there are some stubborn ones use a hair dryer to blow them out.
Now it’s time to wash them. Pour a small amount of mild cleanser in the bathtub, I used Basic H to wash mine but if you don’t have any you can use a mild detergent or dish soap. Fill the bathtub up a few inches, just enough to cover the blinds.
Use your hands to “swish” the blinds around in the water to release the dirt.
I was right, my blinds were dirrr-ty because the water turned dark brown! Gross!
Once the water gets really dirty drain the tub. Repeat this process as many time as you need to until the water is no longer really dirty. I also used my daughter’s bath scoop to rinse the blinds with clean water in between filling up the tub.
Once the water is pretty clear, drain the tub. Fill the tub up one more time but this time don’t add any soap. “Swish” the blinds around in the clean water to get all the soap out of them. There shouldn’t be a lot because you shouldn’t be using that much soap, but it’s always good to rinse, just to make sure.
Step #5 (Optional)
Even after washing my blinds they were still a slight shade of brown, probably because they hadn’t been washed in 20+ years! To get them as clean as I possibly could I filled the tub back up with warm water and added a cup of bleach.
I “swished” the blinds around in the bleach, then let them sit in it for about 10 minutes. Then I drained the water and rinsed them really well (see step #6).
Drain the tub for the last time and then rinse the blinds one last time with a bath scoop or the shower head.
Once you’ve rinsed them for the last time leave them in the tub to dry. Because the material is so thin it doesn’t take them very long to dry, mine only took about a day.
Once the Silhouette blinds are dry, screw them back up into the window frame. You’ll be surprised at how clean they are and that they look new all over again!
Don’t believe me? Here are a couple close ups!
No more dirt, no more dead bugs, no more food splatters, no more greasy fingerprints, they are super dooper clean! To see more tips in the Love to Clean Series, click HERE.