Easiest Ways to Clean Your Heating Radiators at Home/ DIY

Turning on the radiators is a pleasure because we shelter ourselves from the cold but cleaning it a little less so! We are talking, in fact, about a radiator that is not exactly easy to wash because of all the cracks it has and the attention it requires. However, especially before turning it back on months of turning it off, it is essential to clean it from top to bottom to remove all the dust and to allow it to function properly. That is why today I am going to tell you the Butterfly method to clean the whole radiator!

Let’s see first of all what is the necessary necessities to use our fantastic trick and make the radiator look like new! Don’t worry, these are all products you will have at home and easy to find, in detail you will need:

  • 1 soft sponge
  • ½ cups of vinegar (for aluminum radiators) or 2 tablespoons of bar soap (for cast-iron radiators)
  • Bucket with hot water
  • A thin rope (or plastic tie)

There you go, that’s what you’ll need to get a super clean radiator in no time! Vinegar polishes and removes even the most stubborn dirt, the same goes for bar soap, which also possesses a fantastic scent that you will smell for days.


Once we have all the ingredients we need, let’s get right to the process! Depending on the type of radiator you own, pour either vinegar or bar soap into the bucket of hot water. Then take the rope and wrap it around the sponge horizontally and exactly in the middle, tighten it and you will see that the sponge will take the shape of a butterfly. Now all you have to do is dip the sponge into the bucket, wring it out slightly and then insert the sponge into the slots by pulling all the way down with the string. There you have found a practical and effective way to remove all radiator dirt!

Warning. Before proceeding with the remedy, you should put a rug or towels under the radiator to avoid the risk of staining the floor.

Other methods for cleaning

As mentioned above, the butterfly one is a really handy trick that makes cleaning quick without tiring too much. However, there are also other methods for washing the radiator and that we will see together right away so you always have them handy!

  • Knot method

Let’s start with the knot method! Its process is very reminiscent of the one we saw earlier. This, however, is mainly for getting rid of dust, so you can use it as a preliminary step before washing or to remove dust every week from the narrow cracks of the radiator. Well, you will need to get nothing more than a wipe and tie a knot in one of the corners.

Then insert the side of the wipe with the knot behind the cracks and leave the longer side out, pull from the top all the way down and all the dust will be caught in no time!

Pitcher Makeup

Now let’s move on to the jug trick, which is great for cleaning your radiator from top to bottom in an optimal way. In fact, I recommend it when you have to wash it before you turn it back on so you can be sure to wash every nook and cranny. First, you will need to put a large basin or several layers of towels under the radiator so that all the water collects and doesn’t soak the floor. Then fill a pitcher with hot water and 2 tablespoons of bar soap, pour it into all the crevices making all the water run out. Then dry with a microfiber cloth and that’s it!


I remind you to always consult an expert to check the operation of the radiator before turning it back on.

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