How To Properly Clean The Range Hood Filter


If you have a ventilation fan in your kitchen, you probably don’t need to tell us how good it is at absorbing smoke and cooking odors. I can’t tell you how many times the exhaust fan has saved me when the fire alarm was going off. Regarding the cooktop, how often do you clean the filter? If your answer is “never,” you are not alone.

In order to keep your range hood in good working order, it is important to clean the range hood filter frequently. Thankfully, cleaning is easy and you probably already have the materials you need. Start by removing the filter from the ventilation hood. Then, fill a large pot with water and add distilled vinegar just before it comes to a boil.

Next, add about half a tablespoon of baking soda. Carefully place the filter into the solution and let it sit for 6 minutes. Remove the filter with tongs and brush the filter clean with a toothbrush. Rinse with water and the filter will be sparkling clean. To see this great cleaning method in action, click on the video below!

Cleaning this filter is not difficult at all!

This tutorial shows you how to clean the filter in the sink using boiling water, baking soda, and a degreasing detergent. (I prefer the Dawn brand). Some range hood filters can actually be washed in the dishwasher, but depending on how long it has been since the filter was cleaned, I would not recommend cleaning it without first using at least this method. (Don’t get too much grease in the dishwasher!) . .

So, let’s get on with degreasing the filter, shall we?

How to clean an oil-stained ventilation hood filter

What you will need

  • Very hot or boiling water
  • Degreasing detergent (Dawn brand detergent works well)
  • Baking soda
  • Non-abrasive brush
  • Paper towels or dishcloth

Instruction Manual

  • Remove the filter from the extraction hood. Most filters should slide or pop out easily from the bottom of the hood. My filter can be removed by grabbing the metal ring, pushing it up, and sliding it out.
  • Fill a sink or bucket with boiling water. The hotter the water, the better the effect. Depending on the temperature of the water in your tap, that may be enough. In my case, I boil water in an electric kettle and pour it into the sink.
  • Add baking soda and dishwashing detergent: Add a small amount of degreasing dishwashing detergent and 1/4 cup of baking soda to the hot water. Give it a swipe with a brush (don’t use your hands because it’s hot!) (Do not use your hands! ) until it turns into clean soap.
  • Place the oil-covered filter in the water. Submerge the oil-stained exhaust fan filter in the water. Make sure it is completely covered.
  • Soak. Let the filter soak for 10 minutes.
  • Scrub the filter. After soaking, scrub the filter with a non-abrasive brush. If necessary, add more detergent to the brush while scrubbing.
  • Rinse with water and dry. Rinse filter thoroughly with hot water and wipe dry with a paper towel or clean cloth.
  • Replace filter and repeat as needed. Return filter to extraction hood and repeat as needed Cleaning the filter once a month is a good maintenance practice.