Clean your range hood with this easy trick

The purpose of a range hood filter is to collect grease, so if it does its job correctly, it would eventually
Cleaning your range hood doesn't have to be hard.

The purpose of a range hood filter is to collect grease, so if it does its job correctly, it would eventually end up being greasy. Over time the the filter may become so blocked with grease that it loses its effectiveness, so cleaning these filters periodically is important. Thankfully, there is away to easily clean the filter in your sink with just boiling water, baking soda, and a good de-greasing dish soap.

Very hot or boiling water
Degreasing dish soap
Baking soda
Non-abrasive scrub brush
Paper towels or dish cloth

1. Remove the filters from the hood. Most filters should easily slide or pop out of the underside of the hood.
2. Fill a sink or bucket (whichever can fit the filters) with boiling water. Can be hot water from your tap or boiled water from your kettle.
3. Pour in baking soda and dish soap: Pour a good squirt of de-greasing dish soap and 1/4 cup baking soda into the hot water. Swish around with a brush because it’s too hot until the water is nice and soapy.
4. Put greasy filters in water: Submerge your greasy exhaust fan filters into the water. Make sure they’re completely covered.
5. Let them soak: Allow the filters to soak for 10 minutes.
6. Scrub the filters: After soaking, take a non-abrasive scrub brush and scrub the filters. Those scrubbers that come with handles are very useful. You can add more dish soap to your brush if required.
7. Rinse the filters thoroughly in hot water and dry with a paper towel or clean cloth.
8. Replace the filters and repeat as needed: Put the filters back into the hood, and repeat as needed! Cleaning the filters once a month is a good maintenance strategy.

Have you tried this trick?

  1. Sue Nouwens  

    I just had my oven professionally cleaned. The tradesman told me to put the range hood filters in the dishwasher every few weeks. I haven’t tried it yet.

    • Sue have just been putting them in the dishwasher for years. Perfect every time..clean as a whistle 😀 Lot less elbow grease. Anything for an easy life lol

      • Sue Nouwens  

        Thanks Helen and Linda-glad to know it works! The racks will be going through the cycle too!

    • Linda  

      I always put mine in the dishwasher. They come out sparkling clean. I do the same with the oven racks.

      • elena  

        But, I don’t have a dishwasher…I´m poor…never mind because I´m vegan and no fat is going anywhere jus a bit of olive oil in my cooking which goes down my ….in no time…I´m very clever LOL!!!

    • Maggie Peterson  

      That’s the best way. I do it regularly.

  2. Marlee  

    I cannot move the filters out of the range hood. They are too heavy as it is an old range hood. It really annoys me so I might have to find a professional cleaner.

    • There is a de-greaser spray (I think Viper does one) that will dissolve the grease and is not flameable – our aircon treatment person uses it . I bought some from him but have not been shopping for a replcement – it was about $40 or so

  3. Iris Roberts  

    My range hood has this flimsy little muslin piece of cloth allegedly a filter. It absorbs grease very quickly and as you say, is soon soaking in oily grease and the smells exit from the filter filling the kitchen with greasy smells. I remove it weekly, wash thoroughly, even add some sweet smelling liquid to the final rinse then replace. But because of the material, it is useless. Wonder if I can use an alternative piece of material that may work better. Really annoyed.

  4. Clare Loades  

    What on earth is dish soap please?

    • Meggsie  

      I think its just a good dish washing liquid Like pamolive or the like

  5. Lisa  

    I have put mine in the dish washer for years. They do get a bit duller in colour but come out squeaky clean with no effort from me!

  6. Janice  

    When I’d my ‘Simpson Fabulous 300′, which lasted me 40 years’, I cleaned the base with the Hoover attachment, as the sides were ‘catalytic converters’.

    The door I cleaned myself, now & again, as I’d always kept TWO thicknesses’ of aluminium foil, 45cms wide type, over it, very easy to remove foil, clean with ‘Gumption’ paste, then reaffix fresh foil.

    No such thing as ‘range hood’ then! Just the ‘Mistral’ exhaust fan above oven’s heat outlet!

    Now have different oven, & I get an ‘Ovenu’ professional cleaner in, to clean stove top, oven, & range hood.
    Well worth the moderate cost,, & ALL looks brand new!
    Got it done just last week, actually!

  7. Diane Buchanan  

    Here’s a better quicker and easy way, my husband showed me when we first met. pull them to bits put the filters in the dish washer, they come out perfect 😀 thanks darling no mess no fuss xoxo

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