When was the last time you took a look under your stove’s hood filter and checked out the range hood filter? I bet that it’s been awhile since…you’ve never done this! And let me tell you something: you won’t gonna like what’s in there. The main purpose of a hood filter is to collect grease, but that mess needs to be cleaned frequently. Otherwise, your hood filter will become blocked with grease and it will be covered with some disgusting sticky film.

If you’ve never cleaned your stove hood filters before, you’ll have to start with a deep cleaning.

You’ll Need:

  • 1/4 cup of Borax
  • Hot Water
  • Gloves
  • Paper towels
  • Sink or large plastic tub

Directions:

1. Add borax in the sink (or in the plastic-made bathtub) and fill it half with hot water.
2. Add the greasy hood vent filter and soak it for 15 minutes inside the sink (or tub).
3. Next, use the gloves to remove it from that dirty water.
4. If the range hood filters are extremely dirty, repeat steps 1 and 2. After 15 minutes, use a gloved hand and stir the filter in that borax water to break up any remaining grease.
5. Use a paper towel to wipe off any remaining grease around edges and rinse the hood filter using clean water.

Another effective alternative would be vinegar and baking soda. These two incredible grease melters will unstick dirt from your hood filters.

  • Find a pot large enough (that could fit the filter) and fill it up with water.
  • Bring the water to boil.
  • Once boiling, add 3 tablespoons of vinegar and 2 teaspoons of baking soda, one after another. Add the baking soda gradually, not all in one go.
  • Place the filter inside the pot and let it sit there for 30 minutes to one hour.
  • Remove the filter using tongs and place it in the sink. Scrub hard on both sides. Your range hood filter is shiny and ready to collect grease.