How to Clean Radiators: Easy Steps to Remove Dust and Dirt

The first enemy of dirt inside the radiator is undoubtedly dust! Unfortunately, you can’t always check its state in the radiator because it hides in all sorts of places, and afterwards it becomes a real struggle to send it away permanently. Fortunately, there are small tricks that facilitate this process and make the radiator as good as new again in no time! One example is using a wipe that holds dust well, let’s find out how to use it together!

Knot method

The knot method is a well-known and popular trick to make the dirt given by dust disappear completely from the radiator. You can use it for all types of radiators, but it is especially indicated for those that have very narrow cracks. All you’ll need to do is simply take a wipe and tie a knot in the corner, leaving some “tail” out. Wedge the wipe into the crack so that the knot can act as a block and slide it from the top down. Repeat the same step for all cracks and change the wipe if you see that it gets dirty right away.

For surfaces

In addition to cracks, the wipe is also a quick, but very effective method for cleaning the exterior surfaces of the radiator. I recommend this process for routine cleaning and to remove only the surface layer of dust. Wipe it all over the radiator and dry it afterwards using a clean, dry cotton cloth. You will see that it will become as clean and shiny as ever!

For scenting

Wipes, in addition to being great substitutes for dust-catching cloths, are also very fragrant! That is why using them to clean the radiator also allows you to make it smell good since the heat will exhale all the smell. If you want a more specific method, you will have to take a washcloth, fold it into 3 parts and put 3 or 4 drops of an essential oil of your choice on it. Let the oil absorb and then place the washcloth in a large mesh breathable bag, place it later on the radiator and that’s it. In this way you will have achieved a fantastic method of scenting the house at almost no cost!


As an alternative to wipes, you can use dust catchers, but we can’t always find them around, so let’s see how to make a DIY one.


  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar)
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • Peel and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 glass jar with an airtight seal
  • 1 piece of an old sheet

Place the lemon peels inside the jar, then add the other liquid ingredients. Then pour in the vinegar, water, lemon juice and olive oil. At this point, dip the piece of sheet into the jar and shake it so that all the ingredients can reach the fabric. After that, wring out the piece of sheet thoroughly and let it dry in the sun. After they are dry, they will be ready to be used on our surfaces. You will simply have to use it for cleaning the radiator, which will be as good as new again!


If you need to turn your radiators on after the summer shutdown, I recommend that you have an expert check them first.

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