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How to clean fly poop off a lampshade

In this article, I have included three different ways to clean fly poop off a lampshade. The first way is dish soap and water, the second is a vinegar spray, and the third uses a natural enzyme cleaner.

Please note that none of these methods will work unless you remove the lampshade from the lamp!

How to clean fly poop off a lampshade, Zazzy Home

If you don’t want to do that, then use one or more of these methods on any surface nearby where there might be fly poop instead.

To make things easier for yourself in the future, consider buying an e-cloth to replace your regular cleaning cloths. They are incredibly effective at cleaning up organic messes like fly poop! Click here for my experience with them!



1) Dish soap and water

Materials needed: dish soap, water, paper towels or a microfiber cloth, a garbage bag.

Don’t use bleach! It will damage the color of your lampshade.

Dish soap is a good cleaner for organic messes because it cuts through grease very effectively. Combine 4 tbsp of dish soap into 1 gallon of warm water. Dip a paper towel or microfiber cloth into the solution and then ring it out until only damp; you want to make sure that no excess liquid remains on the lampshade before proceeding with the cleaning process! Rub this mixture onto the affected area like you would any other cleaning product (you can use more than one paper towel if necessary)



Some people suggest adding vinegar to the dish soap and water mixture instead of or in addition to dish soap. This is because vinegar works similarly to dish soap when it comes to cutting through grease. You can also add salt if you want! Salt will increase the abrasiveness of the cleaning solution, which helps cut through organic messes like fly poop!

When using a microfiber cloth, remember not to use bleach on it either because bleach will damage microfiber materials. Instead, it’s best to hand wash both paper towels and microfiber cloths in cold water with a bit of mild detergent (or no detergent at all!). If you use warm water, your cleaning products might bleed into that item, causing it to get ruined by dye transfer! Then hang it up to dry (don’t put it in the dryer!)

If you do not have any paper towels or a microfiber cloth, use an old t-shirt that you don’t mind ruining. The same rules apply here as they did for the other two items: no bleach and warm water and air drying!



Once enough time has passed for all of your cleaning product to be absorbed into the fly poop, remove as much as possible with your hand or a plastic scraper. After this, take your garbage bag and slip it over the lampshade so that no mess can escape onto your floor/carpet/rugs, etc. Make sure the garbage bag is big enough to cover the clean lampshade entirely!

Turn the lamp on so that the bulb inside is warm. The warmth should help to loosen up the remaining fly poop. When you feel like it’s good enough, remove the garbage bag and turn off the lamp. Use fresh cleaning solution (dish soap & water or vinegar & salt mixture) and repeat steps 1-5 until all of your fly poop has been removed.

2) Vinegar spray

Materials needed: undiluted white vinegar (or apple cider vinegar if you prefer), baking soda, paper towels or a microfiber cloth, a garbage bag, dish soap (optional).

Don’t use bleach! It will damage the color of your lampshade.

The same rules for what cleaners are okay and which ones aren’t okay apply here as they did for the dish soap and water solution: no bleach and warm water and air drying!



Mix ¼ cup of white vinegar (or apple cider vinegar) into 1 gallon of hot water. Dip a paper towel or microfiber cloth into the mixture and ring out until damp; you want to make sure that no excess liquid remains on the lampshade before proceeding with the cleaning process! Next, rub this mixture onto the affected area like you would any other cleaning product (you can use more than one paper towel if necessary).

Some people suggest adding baking soda to the vinegar spray instead of, or in addition to plain white/apple cider vinegar. This is because baking soda works similarly to vinegar and dish soap when it comes to loosening up organic messes like fly poop! You can also add salt if you want! However, salt will increase the abrasiveness of the cleaning solution, which helps cut through organic horrors like fly poop!

When using a microfiber cloth, remember not to use bleach on it either because bleach will damage microfiber materials. Instead, it’s best to hand wash both paper towels and microfiber cloths in cold water with a bit of mild detergent (or no detergent at all!). If you use warm water, your cleaning products might bleed into that item, causing it to get ruined by dye transfer! Then hang it up to dry (don’t put it in the dryer!)

If you do not have any paper towels or a microfiber cloth, use an old t-shirt that you don’t mind ruining. The same rules apply here as they did for the other two items: no bleach and warm water and air drying!

Once enough time has passed for all of your cleaning product to be absorbed into the fly poop, remove as much as possible with your hand or a plastic scraper. After this, take your garbage bag and slip it over the lampshade so that no mess can escape onto your floor/carpet/rugs, etc. Make sure the garbage bag is big enough to cover the clean lampshade entirely!



The heat of the bulb should help loosen up whatever remains of the flypoop. Likewise, the warmth should help to loosen up the remaining fly poop. When you feel like it’s good enough, remove the garbage bag and turn off the lamp. Use fresh cleaning solution (dish soap & water or vinegar & salt mixture) and repeat steps 1-5 until all of your fly poop has been removed!

3) Vinegar spray with baking soda

Materials needed: undiluted white vinegar (or apple cider vinegar if you prefer), baking soda, paper towels or a microfiber cloth, a garbage bag, dish soap (optional).

Don’t use bleach! It will damage the color of your lampshade. The same rules for what cleaners are okay and which don’t apply here as they did for the dish soap and water solution: no bleach and warm water and air drying!

Mix ¼ cup of white vinegar (or apple cider vinegar) into 1 gallon of hot water. Dip a paper towel or microfiber cloth into the mixture and ring out until damp; you want to make sure that no excess liquid remains on the lampshade before proceeding with the cleaning process! Next, rub this mixture onto the affected area like you would any other cleaning product (you can use more than one paper towel if necessary).



If you do not have any paper towels or a microfiber cloth, use an old t-shirt that you don’t mind ruining. The same rules apply here as they did for the other two items: no bleach, warm water, and air drying!

Once enough time has passed for all of your cleaning product to be absorbed into the fly poop, remove as much as possible with your hand or a plastic scraper. After this, take your garbage bag and slip it over the lampshade so that no mess can escape onto your floor/carpet/rugs, etc. Make sure the garbage bag is big enough to cover the clean lampshade entirely!

The heat of the bulb should help loosen up whatever remains of the flypoop. Likewise, the warmth should help to loosen up the remaining fly poop. When you feel like it’s good enough, remove the garbage bag and turn off the lamp. Use fresh cleaning solution (dish soap & water or vinegar & salt mixture) and repeat until all of your fly poop has been removed!

I hope these get you started in the cleaning of your lamps. If my dear readers also have methods, please share them in the comments section, and let’s defeat the poop together.

Author: Jeff Meet Jeff. For the last 10 years, he's been repairing and fixing problem homes - from leaky roofs to faulty wiring. He started blogging about his experiences as a way to help others who might be struggling with home repairs, and he's become something of an expert in the field. Jeff is always up for a challenge, and he loves sharing his tips and advice with others. When it comes to home repairs, Jeff knows what he's talking about. So if you're looking for some help and guidance, be sure to check out his latest guide!

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