How to clean lamp shades

Even in the cleanest of homes, lamp shades collect dust. This easy preventive cleaning keeps the dust away and little longer and gives off a nice, fresh scent when the lamp is turned on.

clean lamp shades
  1. In 1-quart container, put warm water and add liquid fabric softener.
  2. Dip clean, soft cloth into solution and wring thoroughly.
  3. Wipe inside of lamp shade with cloth.
  4. Using a clean dry cloth or duster, lightly stroke dust from outside of shade.

Things You Will Need

  • 2 capfuls liquid fabric softener
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1-quart plastic container
  • Clean white cloth


  • Many fabric softeners come in a variety of scents, enabling you to choose your favorite scent that will be emitted when the lamp is turned on.
  • Swiffer dusters work great to get off the excess dust after cleaning the inside of the shade.


  • Make sure lamp is turned off before cleaning shade.