How to Clean a Range Hood Filter

How to Clean a Range Hood Filter

Have you checked under your range hood recently? If you haven’t then now may be a good time to do so. Letting grease collect in your range hood filter can make it less effective.

To save your range hood and make it last longer it is best to clean it regularly. Luckily, cleaning the filter is easy and takes only a few steps! Here are two methods to clean your range hood filter.

Method 1 

Materials:

  • Hot or boiling water
  • Degreasing dish soap 
  • Scrub brush
  • Paper towels or a dishcloth 

1. Remove the filter from the hood: 

  1. Go to your range hood and try to pop out the filter from the underside of the hood. This should be fairly easy and should only take a few seconds. Some range hoods have hooks that are attached to the filter while others may be secured by a metal frame. Check your manual to find out how to remove your filter.

2. Fill a bucket with hot or boiling water:

  1. Fill a bucket with hot water. Remember that the hotter the water the more effective it will be.

3. Pour in dish soap:

  1. Pour in a good amount of dish soap and stir with your scrubbing brush thoroughly.

4. Let the filters soak:

  1. Let your filter soak in the solution for 15-20 minutes making sure it is fully submerged.

5. Scrub the filter:

  1. Scrub the filter lightly in circular motions using your scrubbing brush. 

6. Rinse and dry the filter:

  1. Rinse the filter using hot water to get rid of any excess soap and dry it using a paper towel or dishcloth. 

7. Replace the filter:

  1. Replace the filter once it is thoroughly cleaned. 

8. Repeat the process monthly:

  1. Repeat this process monthly to ensure your range hood filter works properly!

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Method 2

Materials:

  • Hot or boiling water
  • Degreasing dish soap 
  • Baking soda
  • Scrub brush
  • Paper towels or a dishcloth

1. Remove the filter from the hood: 

    1. As stated above, there may be several ways to do this. Check your manual to find out how to remove your specific filter.

2. Fill a bucket with hot or boiling water:

    1. Fill a bucket with hot or boiling water. It is important to note that the hotter the water the more effective it will be. 

3. Pour in baking soda and dish soap:

    1. Pour in a generous amount of degreasing soap and about ¼ cup of baking soda into the water. Stir the mixture with your scrub brush until it is fully mixed. 

4. Place the filter in the water:

    1. Place your filter into your bucket. Make sure it is fully submerged. 

5. Let the filter soak:

    1. Let your filter soak for about 10-30 minutes. 

6. Scrub the filter:

    1. Use your scrubbing brush and scrub your filter. Make sure to use extra dish soap if you need to. 

7. Rinse and dry the filter:

    1. Again using hot water, rinse the filter and dry it using a paper towel or dishcloth. 

8. Replace the filter:

    1. Replace the filter once it is thoroughly cleaned. 

9.Repeat the process monthly:

    1. Repeat this process monthly to ensure your range hood filter works properly!

Other Tips and Information

  • Some range hood filters may be made of charcoal and unfortunately cannot be cleaned. Make sure to replace these types of filters after about 120 hours of cooking.
  • Some methods for cleaning a range hood filter also include using ammonia. You can try using ammonia by placing your range hood filter in a large plastic bag with a small amount of ammonia. Leave it to soak overnight then rinse the filter using warm water. 
  • You can also clean your range hood filter using your dishwasher. Simply rinse off the filter, wipe off any excess grease, and place it in your dishwasher. Keep in mind that this may not clean your filter as thoroughly as the methods listed above.
  • If you’re looking for a quicker solution to the baking soda method try creating a baking soda paste by using three parts baking soda and one part water. Then coat the greasy areas of your filter with the paste and let this sit for 15-20 minutes. You can then wipe away the paste with a cloth. Like the dishwasher method, this is a quick fix that will not be as thorough as the methods above. 

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With over 25 different range hood options, Lily Ann has a range hood that is sure to fit your kitchen’s needs. Plus, Lily Ann offers great options for much less than big box stores, so your kitchen remodel or redesign won’t break the bank! For more information please visit Lily Ann Cabinets today. 

FAQ

1. What is the best way to clean range hood filters? 

There is no wrong answer for the best way to clean your range hood filter! Choose the method that is easiest for you with the materials you have available. The methods we listed above are the most easy and effective ways to clean your hood filter.

2. How do you clean a greasy hood filter?

Both methods that we listed above utilizes degreasing dish soap which is effective in cleaning a greasy hood filter.

3. Are range hood filters dishwasher safe?

Yes! If you don’t want to handwash your hood filter, let your dishwasher do the work!

4. Do vent hoods have filters?

Yes! This filter helps trap smoke, grease and other airborne particles while you cook over your stovetop. 

5. How often should kitchen hoods be cleaned?

Once every month  is standard practice for cleaning your range hood vent filter. 

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