Cleaning Your Stove Vent Hood Filters

Cleaning Your Stove Vent Hood Filters

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Sunday Funday Cleaning Series


Vent hood filters over your exhaust hood. The original color is silver.

Good morning friends and welcome to the Sunday Funday Cleaning Series. Today I cleaned my stove’s vent hood exhaust filter. This is a disgusting task as these vent hood filters get really greasy if you use your stove.

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These filters are warmed up every time you use your stove and I can’t imagine that they do not release particles once softened up by cooking steam. That means that there is a chance it could fall into your pot. Now that is gross and you should do something about it right now.

What you will need:

  • Distilled white vinegar about 1 cup
  • Baking soda about 1/2 cup
  • Scrub brush
  • Boiling water

First take down your vent hood filters, with some gentle pressure up, they will slide out, alternatively, they have a tab to grab onto. Put them in a dishpan, a plugged sink, or bucket. Something deep enough to submerge them entirely or if halfway, flip them over.

I take my tea kettle and I boiled one cup of vinegar and filled it the rest of the way with water. That’s about 3 cups of water to one cup of vinegar but it doesn’t have to be exact. I use my kettle because this is a good way to descale it from hard water build-up. Two birds, one stone. You could also use a pot.

I let hot tap water run into my dishpan to make it a couple of inches deep and then sprinkled the baking soda over the wet vent hood filters and let it sit while I waited for the kettle to boil.

After the water and vinegar were boiling, I poured them into the dishpan over the baking soda. Now it should be foaming pretty vigorously. If it isn’t you can always add more baking soda.

I added more hot water until they were submerged and let them sit for 20 minutes while I cleaned the microwave. I also filled the kettle full of water and sunk it in the dishpan as well. It was looking pretty dirty with brown spots on the stainless steel.

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The gross but satisfying part

Now you may not be able to pull yourself away from watching the chemical reactions occurring in your dishpan. The disgusting film that is now bubbling and accumulating on the surface of the water is hypnotizing and disgusting at the same time. Go clean your microwave while you wait.

After 20 minutes have passed and I’m done with the microwave (See how to do that task in under 6 minutes here).

I pulled the kettle out and then the vent hood filters. I used tongs because that water is so gross and hot you do not want to stick your hand in there.

I used the kitchen sink sprayer and sprayed the filters down with hot water. They rinsed clean like some kind of magic. I grabbed a scrub brush for a good once over and boom. Shiny and clean without any residue.

This task is in the regular rotation now that I have done it with such little effort. Don’t avoid it and clean yours today! You can feel good about it knowing that you didn’t need to use chemicals or harsh abrasives to get this job done.

Come back again for another Sunday Funday article for cleaning your home in the modern age by using less.

I hope you have enjoyed this post, please head over to the Housekeeping section of my web site for more Sunday Funday Cleaning Tips!

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6 Replies to “Cleaning Your Stove Vent Hood Filters”

    1. It’s pretty amazing! And cheap! I have a spray bottle that I fill with 1 part vinegar, 3 parts water, 15 drop of lavender or tea tree oil. I spray that on just about everything.
      Thanks for your comments!

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