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How To Clean a Greasy Range Hood Filter

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When was the last time you peeked underneath your stove’s hood and checked out the exhaust fan filters? If it’s been awhile or you’ve, um, never done this, let me warn you: it’s not going to be pretty. The purpose of a range hood filter is to collect grease, so if it’s doing its job correctly, it’s going to look and feel, well, greasy.

Over time, the the filter may become so blocked with grease and ickiness that it loses its effectiveness, which is why it’s important to clean these filters periodically.

Thankfully, cleaning them isn’t hard at all!

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This tutorial shows how to clean the filter in your sink with just boiling water, baking soda, and a good de-greasing dish soap. (I prefer Dawn.) Some hood filters can actually be washed in the dishwasher, but depending on how long it’s been since you’ve cleaned yours, I wouldn’t recommend that without at least cleaning them this way first. (You don’t want too much grease to end up in your dishwasher!)

So, let’s de-grease those filters now, shall we?

How To Clean a Greasy Range Hood Filter

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