When was the last time you checked your chimney filters? If it’s been a while and you haven’t done this before, cleaning them will not be pretty.
The main work of a filter is to collect grease, and if yours is doing the job properly, it’s, um, going to be greasy and may bring out that YUCKY feeling.
And if you leave it untreated, it will reduce its effectiveness, and probably you will end up replacing it and spending a few bucks.
You can avoid this by just cleaning it. And trust us, it’s not that very complicated — at least the steps we have mentioned are not.
So we are ready when you are, and if you are ready — keep scrolling.
And If you are lazy like us, consider getting an auto-clean kitchen chimney. This way, it will save not only a ton of effort but also time.
How to Clean Grease from Your Chimney Filters?
Here we have mentioned some easy steps that anyone can follow in cleaning their filters without a hitch.
There are a ton of ways to clean the chimney filters, and one of the common ones is to clean them in a dishwasher.
Even though that sounds relieving as you will not have to deal with the mess, we would not recommend washing them in the dishwasher first; try cleaning the filter with the mentioned steps first, and then you can clean them in the dishwasher.
The last thing you want is too much grease in your dishwasher, right?
Things you will need
Here are some things that you will need to clean your chimney filter effectively.
Don’t worry, they are not a bunch of exorbitants and can be easily found in every home.
- Boiling or very hot water
- Dishwashing liquid or soap
- Baking soda or Vinegar
- Scrub brush (non-abrasive)
- Dishcloth or even paper towels
Now that you are equipped with all the necessary things, it’s time actually to get rid of the culprit once and for all.
- Remove the Filter
First, you will have to remove the filter carefully from the hood.
Generally, most of the filters are easily removable or slide or pop out from the hood.
Some even have a metal loop that you can hold to push it up and remove it.
- Fill a Bucket with the Hot Water
You can fill your sink or bucket with the boiled water and remember the hotter water, the better and effective cleaning.
Once you are ready with the hot water, pour it into a bucket or your sink.
- Prepare the Solution
By solution, we mean just add the baking soda and dishwashing soap or liquid, nothing fancy.
You can use any dishwashing soap or liquid or even deterge; just ensure that it can easily remove the grease without you having to do all the hard work.
Add ¼ cup baking soda and some squirt of dishwashing soap.
And stir with the brush (not your hand — it’s hot, remember?) till the water gets soapy.
- Soak the Greasy filters
Now submerge the filters into the hot water and ensure that they are totally covered in the water.
Let the chimney filter soak in the water for around 10 to 15 minutes.
- Scrub the Grease out
Once you have soaked the filter in hot water, it’s time to take the scrub and do some scrubbing.
If you find that there is a whole lot of grease — add some dishwasher soap or liquid accordingly.
- Rinse and Dry
Now that you have done all the hard work, simply rinse the filter with clean water, and you can see your hard work paying off right away with a clean and smooth grease-free chimney filter.
However, make sure to rinse it with hot water. Once done, dry the filter with a clean cloth or paper towel.
- Attach the filter to the Hood and Repeat if Needed
Repeat this process whenever you find that your filter has been all greased up.
We recommend cleaning your chimney filter with the mentioned steps once a month to avoid any problems and keep it in good shape.
You can follow other ways to clean your chimney filter, but the one we have mentioned is the easiest of all.
You can use it to clean your filter, and the process is the same as we have mentioned. You will just have to use a ton of detergent instead of dishwasher soap and soak it for 1 to 2 hours instead of 10 minutes.
Paint thinners are also an excellent way to clean grease from the filter; if you don’t have that, you can also use nail polish removers.
Soak a cloth in paint thinner and use it to scrub and clean the filter. Once done, rinse it with warm water and let the parts dry in the sun.
You will have to be careful if you are using this as it is very acidic and abrasive.
Don’t touch it with bare hands; wear gloves and even a mask as while cleaning hazardous fumes will generate.
Keep the filter on the tray and sprinkle some caustic soda, and then pour some boiling water. Careful it will release toxic fumes.
Leave it for 3 hours, next scrub it to clean and rinse it. Leave the filter out in the sun to dry.
Do you get it? Our mentioned steps are way more manageable than the ones above.
A Word From Us
You see, with our mentioned steps cleaning grease from the chimney filter is not so hard after all, right?
It is crucial to clean the chimney filter to ensure its effectiveness. Make sure to clean every month for good maintenance.
And that wraps our guide; if you have any questions — ask them in the comment section below. We would love to hear from you and help you out.