When we clean after cooking, it would usually be the stove top, the backsplash and maybe the exterior of the range hood. But what about the insides? 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 from time to time is important. Thankfully, there is a way 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
Non-abrasive scrub brush
Paper towels or dish cloth
How to clean your range hood
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.