How To Clean The Pull Cord On Your Window Blinds

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Yesterday I was going through the zillions of photos I have stored on my computer in an attempt to organize them. In the process I came across some photos I took forever ago that I never got around to using. I’m not sure how or why these particular photos got lost in the shuffle because they were for a post that I think the world needs to know about! How to clean the pull cords on your window blinds when they get really, really, really dirty (like mine!)

Anyone who has ever had blinds in their home knows that after repeated lifting and lowering, the pull cord can get pretty gross! I must have stared at the dirty cord above my kitchen sink a million times in frustration because I had no idea what to do about it. Then one day it came to me in a “lightbulb moment.”


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I was engaging in my daily Pinterest perusal when I came across this clever trick for cleaning a shower head. I realized that the same concept might just work for my nasty pull cord. I figured it was at least worth a try.


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Take a small plastic bag and fill it with a 50/50 mixture of bleach and hot water.

CAREFULLY put your lift cord in the bag (you might want to get someone to help you with this, however, I managed to do it alone because I was worried if I asked anyone to help me they would question my sanity!)

CAREFULLY twist the top of the bag and secure it closed with whatever means you have available. (I used a clothespin, but a rubber band or twist tie would work as well.) Just make sure it’s VERY SECURE! You don’t want bleach water to come crashing down all over the place.

If you have an aversion to using bleach, CLICK HERE for my post about a Natural Bleach Alternative you can try.


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Once you have your bag securely in place, all that’s left to do is wait. I left mine like this overnight.


In the morning, after I took the bag off and patted the cord dry, it looked like this!

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Quite an improvement! I’d venture to say it looked BRAND NEW (except for the cracked plastic thingie on the end.)


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I know it’s a small thing….but I can’t tell you how happy it made me. I look at that cord at LEAST once a day, every day, and now when I do it’s to admire how nice and clean it looks rather than ruminate over how icky it is.

Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference when caring for our homes. Wouldn’t you agree? :-)



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  1. Stephanie Williams says

    Hmm..what about puting the mixture in a water bottle and feeding the cord into the solution. you could cover the hole and give it a few good shakes to agitate it like a little washing machine?

  2. ilse says

    I’ve been looking for a way to clean the cord that pulls on the light in my bathroom for ages. definitely going to try this

  3. Elaine says

    I agree. I’ve been appalled looking at them. What a great idea!! Wish I had known that when I washed the blinds with the sprayer and brush in the shower.

  4. KatyL says

    Good idea, but I get that anyway. I let the blinds soak in a bleach and water mix in the tub overnight. Come back to brand new blinds! (That’s for the cheapie plastic blinds; wood ones are obviously not soakable.)

  5. Leslie says

    Good idea, Jillee. And you’re right–sometimes a seemingly little thing can just drive you crazy until you figure out what to do with it. ;-)

  6. Andrea says

    I hated the plastic thing at the end of my blinds in my old apartment. So I used some pretty wooden beads I had left over from a craft project and replaced them. A 10 minute project that made a huge difference!

  7. cath t says

    Clever. Big improvement. Have to remember this one. Just a reminder to people with kids in the house, or visiting kids. Better not to tie a knot in the cords to keep them together. Kids do wacky things like stick their heads in between the cords and risk strangling themselves. The shower head thing is a great idea, too. Just stick a note at eye level to remind others that the bag is over the showerhead. Learned the hard way when I forgot to mention it to DH and he turned the shower on. He’s still complaining about that.

  8. Cory says

    How do you clean the cord that runs in between the wooden slates? Have wooden blinds (only about 5-6 months old), the cord in the center section is gross and dirty, but the rest are white as can be. Need help figuring out how to get those 2, 4 inch sections cleaned. Thanks!