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Pro Tip: Cleaning An Aluminum Mesh Range Hood Filter

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Range hoods vary in look, color, style, shape, and size. Did you know that they also vary in the type of filter the use?

Some filters come with a baffle filter. Others are designed with mesh. Others still have charcoal filters. If yours is a mesh style, don’t panic. Keeping the filter clean is actually really easy.

The aluminum mesh grease filters should be washed in your dishwasher approximately every month, depending on the amount of usage. However, some dishwashers have increased pressure, so hand washing is recommended.

Not sure what kind of filter your range hood has? No problem. Note your range hood’s model name and number and give us a call. We’ll help you out!

Monthly Pick – Tips on Cleaning A Range Hood Naturally

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The best thing about a range hood is that it collects all the grease and smoke that cooking produces. The worst thing about a range hood is that it collects all the grease and smoke that cooking produces! Yup. I have to admit that one of the chores I most dislike is cleaning the range hood. I mean, really, someone invent a self-cleaning range hood now, please!

It just seems that no matter how much I scrub it, the grease just sticks. It sticks to the removable parts of the range hood. It sticks to the fixed parts. It sticks to the sponge.

The idea of having to clean it seriously makes me swear off cooking anything that might produce even the smallest amount of sticky grease. That’s easier said than done, of course. I can’t give up cooking!

So, what, exactly, is a person (who believes cleaning is the worst kind of chore) to do? Since I can’t avoid cleaning the range hood. I can make it easier on myself. Anything that does not require much in the way of elbow grease is king in my books. While we’re at it, let’s reduce the amount of toxic cleaning products I have to use, and I’ll be happy. Well, ok, maybe not happy. I still have to clean the range hood after all.

Then inspiration struck. I could have my cake and eat it, too. (Boy, would I really like to be eating cake right now instead of contemplating how I’m going to clean my range hood!)

Anyway, in an effort to stick to the parameters I set for myself, I looked through my pantry for some natural products that I could use as cleaners. (This last bit wasn’t an effort to waste time at all.) Anyway, I realized that I had a powerhouse combination of ingredients right there in my kitchen – hot water, baking soda and a soft scrub brush. Let the range hood soak in that mixture, then lightly scrub off what remains. Little to no elbow grease needed and no toxic concoction to inhale.

The Dawn-Of-A-New-Day Method

This method is so quick and easy you’ll wonder why you’ve been relying on store-bought products. Here’s what you’ll need:

• One bucket large enough to fit the filter (if your range hood is fitted with a filter)

• Hot water, fill to the top

• ¼ cup environmentally-friendly dish soap (like, Dawn)

• ¼ cup baking soda

• Non-abrasive scrub brush

• Paper towels or cotton towel

1. Carefully remove filters from the range hood.

2. Fill a bucket with hot water, baking soda and dish soap. Your kitchen sink might seem like a convenient place to clean your filters. But, don’t act on that idea. The last thing you want draining down your sink is grease that can cling to pipes and eventually cause a blockage.

3. Submerge filters into the bucket. Let soak for at least 15 minutes, longer if they’re really grimy.

4. Scrub the filters gently with the brush until all the grease is gone.

5. Rinse under clean, running water; let dry thoroughly. Place filters back into range hood when completely dry.

Don’t have the time or the ingredients in your pantry? I discovered another little trick that made cleaning the range hood a lot easier than I thought it would be. If you have a degreaser, like CLR Grease Magnet, Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner or even a laundry degreaser, like Just Naturals Orange Laundry Degreaser, just spray it on and wipe off. You will, however, have to wash the range hood parts in soap and water after you’ve degreased them.

Is cleaning the range hood still a chore now that I’ve discovered these two methods? Yes, it is. But, at least I know it will quick and (fairly) painless.

Over to you: What chore do you hate doing and how have you made it easier for yourself?

How to Clean a Filthy Range Hood

Have you ever stopped to think about all of the grease and debris that gets caked into your range hood? If you’ve cleaned a dirty range hood or a range hood filter before, you know it’s not an easy task.  Grease stains can be one of the most unpleasant tasks to undertake, simply because old grease stains can feel like a never ending process to remove. As soon as you remove one coat of grease, you realize there’s an entirely new layer of grease under that, and you have to start the cleansing process all over again.

When you stop to think about it, kitchen range hoods should be one of the most frequently cleaned appliances in your kitchen, especially if you do a lot of cooking or spend a lot of time preparing meals. Yet, in reality, range hoods and range hood filters often end up being the least attended aspect of your kitchen because they are easily forgotten amongst the other, more obvious messes. Range hood filters are hidden, and therefore, your range hood may look perfectly acceptable on the outside, when it is actually in dire need of a good cleaning on the inside.

Range hoods exist to filter the greasy, debris-filled air that builds up in your kitchen due to heavy cooking and food preparation. It’s easy to forget about the work your range hood is contributing to the overall health of your kitchen, since you are unable to see the grease and pathogens within the air being sucked magically away through the work of your range hood.  Yet, the grease and gunk exist nonetheless, and what is not regularly cleaned out of the range hood filters, adds to an endless coating of grease.

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Is there a trick to removing hard grease stains from your kitchen range hood?  While many household cleaners boast the power to remove heavy grease build-up quickly and easily, this may not be such an easy task if you have a specialty appliance made from stainless steel or another type of metal that requires specific cleaning materials and processes. For example, many hard cleaners contain bleach, which stains and damages stainless steel. Chlorine is also off limits for any range hoods made of stainless steel or other precious metals. The chlorine will severely and permanently damage the stainless steel, rendering the appliances not only visually unappealing, but possibly also dangerous and unsafe to use.

Removing Filter

So, how can you get rid of tough grease stains without severely damaging your range hood or other appliances in the process?  In fact, there are some relatively simple ways to clear your range hood of all that unwanted build-up. The best solutions that we’ve found are natural home remedies that should save you a trip to the convenience store.

Below is a list of supplies that you’ll want to make sure you have on hand before you begin the range hood makeover process:

  1. Large pot in which you can boil water
    (you may also use a baking sheet if your range hood filters are relatively slim)
  2. Baking Soda
  3. Your favorite degreasing dish soap
  4. Ammonia
  5. Soft towel or scrub brush (makes sure that it is not so stiff as to scratch the finish of your range hood)

Water & Baking Soda
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Once you have all of the necessary supplies, boil a large pot of water, and add a small amount of your favorite decreasing dish soap. Try not to add too much dish soap, or your pot of water will become a large bubbly mess, and it will be difficult to work with.  Once your pot has boiled and is slightly soapy, add ½ cup of baking soda very slowly. As the baking soda mixes with water, it will start to fizz and become very frothy, so make sure to add the baking soda slowly.

Baking Soda Water
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If your range hood filters are pliable or small enough to fit in the pot, remove them from the range hood, and place them into the pot.  You will be able to see the baking soda slowly eating away at the grease on the filter, mixing into the water. Flip the filter over to ensure that all areas of the filter have a chance to make contact with the baking soda water. If you have large filters or they cannot be bent to fit inside a pot, you can also use an oven baking sheet to soak your filters.

Soaking RH
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If the water becomes overly contaminated during the soaking process, consider dumping it out and repeating the previously mentioned steps in clean water. You can also use a soft cloth or sponge to remove any excess grease or residue on the range hood filter, however, have the filter as clean as possible before you attempt to start scrubbing will keep your cleaning utensils unsoiled and allow you to reuse them again at a future time (or the next time you need to clean your range hood!.

Half Clean
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You can use this same solution to clean the outer surface of your range hood. A soft cloth or sponge dipped in hot water and baking soda can be an effective cleaner for the polishing or removing stains on the side of your range hood. This can be an especially useful trick if you have a stainless steel range hood, on which many of the tougher cleaners cannot be used.

As a last resort, if the baking soda and boiling water are not sufficiently wiping out the heavy stains clotting your range hood, try applying a small amount of vinegar or ammonia to the end of a cloth and rubbing out the toughest blemishes with the aid of these household cleaners.

Hood Cleaning
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A few more tips:
When you’re done cleaning out your range hood, what should you do with the dirty leftover water? Anything except dumping it down the sink! Grease and water don’t mix, even when it looks like you have one big bowl of grease soup. When you pour grease (in any form) down the sink, the grease sticks to the pipes, causing future sewer clogs and severe drain problems.

If you don’t have a lot of greasy water left try soaking it up with a paper towel, or some other type of absorbent material.  Then, you can simply discard it with the rest of the garbage. If there is too much left over water to soak up, consider dumping it into a designated sewer drain, or dump it into an old coffee can or plastic container that you can then dispose of with the trash.

Another option for those very tough stains that simply refuse to come out is to use an auto degreaser and simply let the range hood filter and/or other parts soak for a few hours, allowing the auto degreaser to do the work for you. While kitchen grease and grime can often feel like some of the most extensive and irritating stains to deal with, the grease and gunk mechanics use in dealing with our cars can be inevitably worse. Next time you’re in need of a good kitchen degreaser, try looking in an auto parts store rather than your local grocery store. Chances are you might just find an automobile degreaser that is just what you needed in the kitchen!

Conclusion
If you have a kitchen range hood and you haven’t peaked inside to check the filter lately, chances are it needs cleaning. Even if you keep the outside of your range hood spick and span, the filter needs to be cleaned out regularly in order to make sure that your range hood is operating at one hundred percent functionality and serving its purpose in your kitchen. Removing tough grease stains is never a fun task, but with these simple suggestions, you can have your range hood looking brand new in no time at all. Whether your range hood operates on a vented system or ductless system, the filters still need to be properly decongested in order for optimum functionality. The longer you wait to take care of your dirty range hood filters, the more built-up grease you’ll face when you’re forced to deal with the problem.

Think we missed a way to get rid of hard grease stains and clean your kitchen range hood? Leave your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below to share your own personal experience in cleaning kitchen appliances, and give us your feedback on what methods have worked best in your household!

Range Hood Filters

Filters are used in range hoods to remove unwanted particles from the air in your kitchen and reduce indoor air pollution. Cooking without the range hood, or a range hood that is too dirty to function properly, can expose you to unnecessary and possibly harmful amounts of smoke, grease, odors and gases like carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. Also, filtering dirty air in your kitchen helps keep your cooking equipment and expensive cabinetry cleaner.

The type of filters your range hood runs off of will depend upon whether or not your range hood vents air to the outside of the home or if you have a ductless option. Additionally, the filters you choose by depend upon your concerns regarding how the filters look in your kitchen. For example, especially if you have an island range hood, which is more visible, you may worry about people at your home seeing the filters.

Aluminum filter – Aluminum grease filters for use in kitchen range hoods are sometimes composed of multiple layers. They look like a tray of mesh and need to be cleaned over time. It’s best to create a routine in which you clean your aluminum grease filters periodically. The aluminum filters from RangeHoodsInc.com are dishwasher safe, which makes them easy to clean. Make sure they are dry before putting them back in the range hood.

Baffle filter – A stainless steel baffle filter will provide a different look. The troughs make the filters look less obvious and help them blend in with the overall look of the range hood. This creates a professional and elegant aesthetic. Our baffle filters are also dishwasher safe and easy to clean, making them an excellent choice that will last a long time.

Charcoal filter – Charcoal filters are used in ductless range hoods that do not vent the kitchen air to the outside of the home. As an alternative, ductless range hoods filter the kitchen air and let it back into the kitchen. This method is not as effective, but it’s a good option for those who cannot install ductwork in their residence. Perhaps you live in an apartment, or rent your home, or simply prefer the ductless option. Either way, charcoal filters cannot be cleaned and reused like aluminum grease filters and baffle filters. You will have to replace your charcoal filters after a certain period of time as they become full of grease. You may also want to clean the casing for the filter, which are often made of stainless steel.

RangeHoodsInc.com offers stainless steel baffle filters, aluminum filters and charcoal filters for your kitchen ventilation needs. Stainless steel is resistant to stains and rust, which gives the product a long life and keeps it looking great. Additionally, our products are ETL listed and certified by Interek for compliance with safety standards for electrical and gas products in North America to assure you that the products in your home are up to code. Contact us to order additional filters or if you have questions about your current filters.