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How To Clean Your Cooking Range Hood And Filter

It's recommended you clean your range filter two times a year. When was the last time you cleaned yours?

If you’re a typical cook, it’s recommended you clean your range filter two times a year. If you like to fry foods, you should clean your filter a few times more a year. In this Clean My Space Video, Melissa shows us how to clean the icky range using three different methods.

Your range filter collects all the smells, smoke, grease and other airborne particles as you cook, which means it can get pretty disgusting. It’s good to do a deep clean on this kitchen item from time to time. The filter traps particles when you turn on your range fan, so that they don’t clog up your fan.

oven range hood photo
Flickr | Paintzen

Method No. 1*

  • Fill a bucket or large pot with hot water (almost boiling hot)
  • Add a few scoops of OxiClean or a Degreaser
  • Allow your filter to soak for 10-30 minutes
  • Scrub with a brush, then rinse clean and dry.

oxiclean photo
Flickr | kowitz

Method No. 2

If you have a steam cleaner, lay down a towel then place your filter on top of it. Use the steam cleaner to blast off the gunk.

Method No. 3

Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Place about 10 sheets of newspaper onto a cookie sheet. Place the filter on top. Keep in the oven for 30-60 minutes to melt the grease off the filter.

oven photo
Flickr | thms.nl

You can get more tips on what products to use to best clean the range hood at the end of the video.

Would you try these? I personally tried method #1 and it worked pretty well. It just requires a little elbow grease and a bucket or tub large enough to submerge the filter. I’ve also simply put mine in the dishwasher. No fuss and came out looking great.

What methods do you find work best? Share your tips with us on our Facebook page.

woman doing chores in bathroom at home, cleaning sink and faucet with spray detergent. Cropped view
woman doing chores in bathroom at home, cleaning sink and faucet with spray detergent. Cropped view

Editor’s note:

I personally tried Method No. 1, using standard dish soap (I used Dawn dish soap) and it worked great! I didn’t have a bucket large enough to fully submerge the filter all at once, so I let one end soak for about 15 minutes. After it had soaked, when I pulled out, it was noticeably cleaner.

dawn soap photo
Getty Images | Justin Sullivan

After a quick scrub and rinse of the pre-soaked side, I flipped the filter and put the dirty side into the water. It’s important to note I refreshed the water a bit (dumped out some of the water and added more hot water + dish soap) so it would have the same cleaning POW as the first half.

Looking for some more cleaning tips and tricks? Check out our list of nine things that people with clean houses don’t do—take a page out of their book to keep your house cleaning more manageable!