How to clean a range hood filter

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How to clean a range hood filter
Regularly clean range hood filters for proper operation. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Range hoods filter the grease and smoke produced when you cook. Exhaust from the range hood vents outside through a duct, or recirculates into the room after it has passed through a filter. A charcoal filter decreases smoke and odours associated with cooking, and is usually found only in the recirculating type of range hood. It is important to note that you cannot clean charcoal filters; they require replacement.

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Things you need

  • Slotted screwdriver
  • Dish soap
  • Vinegar
  • Hot water
  • Soft-bristled brush

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  1. 1

    Remove the filter from the range hood with a screwdriver or your fingers to release the mounting clips. Since there are many types of range hoods, methods to remove the filter may vary. Refer to the owner's manual for proper filter removal.

  2. 2

    Fill a sink or bucket with hot water. Add an ample amount of dish soap and vinegar. Mix the solution thoroughly.

  3. 3

    Place the filter into the solution. Allow the filter to soak for 20 minutes. Extremely dirty filters may require longer soaking time.

  4. 4

    Use a soft-bristled brush to scrub the filter to remove grease build-up. Rinse the filter thoroughly before reinstalling.

Tips and warnings

  • Soaking an aluminium or grease filter in ammonia or degreaser also removes grease build-up.
  • Be careful not to damage the filter. The soft aluminium mesh bends easily.
  • Use caution when combining different cleaners. Certain mixtures produce vapours harmful to your health.

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