How To Clean Floor And Ceiling Vents in The Dishwasher

This is a QUICK and EASY (and most unusual) way to clean your floor and ceiling vents. Yep, in the dishwasher. I LOVE doing it this way. It's not easy to get rid of all dirt and grime in the nooks and crannies of flooring and ceiling vents. Make sure to check out my blog post for all the do's and dont's for cleaning vents in the dishwasher.
Dust and pure grossiness!!!
Place in the dishwasher for a good cleaning.
This vent was cut with a saw to fit under a cabinet. That is why the jagged edge. But look how clean it is??
The after of the ceiling vent which use to be all dusty.
Replaced the floor vent after it's been washed in the dishwasher.
This is what I use on the floor and ceiling vents in between the dishwasher cleanings ; ) I LOVE it!! If you need a good duster, this is it!
Make sure to check my blog post (see below for the link) for all the Do's and Don'ts and DETAILS of cleaning these vents in the dishwasher!

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2 questions
  • Donna Ehring
    on Aug 4, 2016

    How do you pry the vent cover off the wall or floor without causing damage?

    • Lisa Fansler
      on Apr 29, 2017

      Some have one screw in each end, others are just a drop in style you can pick them right up no problem.
  • Nmi13649203
    on Apr 26, 2017

    Good ideas. My floor vents are metal and rusty. Any suggestions?
    • Capt Willy
      on Dec 19, 2018

      First off, they are pretty cheap at the store. If you want or need to keep them, sand the rust a bit and use either a rusty metal primer or a product called Extend that converts the rust. You can get it in auto parts stores. Then paint it with a spray paint, and put on 3 coats following the directions on the can.

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  • NancyMaria
    on May 12, 2017

    They let tons more air then a dryer filter. We have never had any problems with our heater, and change our wall filter regular. I am not a specialist of any kind so do what you think best as with any comments or demonstrations on this site.
  • Janet
    on Jul 13, 2018

    I thought I was the queen of washing anything and everything in the dishwasher. I never thought of this. Well I know what my next project is.

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