Inside: How to clean stove hood filters the easy way! It only takes a few minutes of your time to clean a range hood filter and will get rid of so much grime and grease.
Over the years I have come up with a pretty good cleaning routine for my home.
But, every once in a while I come across something that is so dirty that I desperately need to clean.
Recently I was giving my stove a deep cleaning and I was shocked at how greasy and gross my range hood filter was.
I have a really old downdraft range with a big fan. It's really annoying because while I am cooking I sometimes drop food down the fan hole.
A spaghetti noodle, a little bit of ground beef, a green bean, you name it and it's down there.
As you can imagine with all that food my fan filter gets pretty greasy and grimy really quick.
So when I take the time to clean the food out I usually try to clean the stove filter too.
Whether you have a downdraft or a hood above your stove the fan filter tends to get dirty and needs to be cleaned every now and then.
Grab your range hood filter and let's clean it. Check out how to clean stove hood filters.
How To Clean Stove Hood Filters
To clean your range hood filter you will need a few things.
- Hot Water (preferably boiling)
- Baking Soda
- Dawn Soap
It doesn't take long to clean your stove hood filter. Plan on about 30 minutes to get it grease-free and looking like new.
Cleaning Stove Fan Filter
I have noticed that most filters get a large amount of grease in the filters. Luckily, instead of spending money on a new stove filter, you can easily clean it.
Plus, if you are like me and like to clean gross stuff there is a great feeling of satisfaction watching all the grease get cleaned off.
Start by getting a large pot of water coming to a boil. After the water is boiling carefully dump the boiling water in a sink with a drain stop.
Add two heaping tablespoons of baking soda to the hot water, a small squirt of Dawn dish soap, and then add the stove hood filter.
The hot water starts to melt the grease and within a few minutes the water will start to get brown and dirty looking.
Soaking The Range Hood Filter
Let the stove fan filter sit in the hot water for about 20 minutes. Over the 20 minutes, the heat will help clean away the grease and grime from the stove hood filter.
Plus, the baking soda will help get rid of smells and the Dawn dish soap will help dissolve the grease.
After it has soaked for 20 minutes you can rinse and dry the filter.
Rinse and Dry Your Stove Filter
After you have let your filter soak you can drain the dirty water and wash off the filter.
I just use my spray faucet in the kitchen sink to fully rinse off the stove filter.
Repeat If Necessary
If your filter is still dirty then you may want to do the process one more time. Usually, one time soaking is enough to get most of the grease and grime off for me. But if you haven't cleaned yours in years you may need a second go-round.
If you can't seem to your stove fan filter free from all the grease and grime you can usually find a new one on Amazon.
I love the satisfaction of having a clean and grease-free fan filter without spending the money to buy a new one. With just a few minutes of your time, you can have a clean filter and have it working better too!
Want some other kitchen cleaning tips? Check out the easiest way to remove baked-on grease from pots and pans.