How to Clean a Stove Vent Filter

November 14, 2013

So this isn’t a very glamorous post, but one that I knew nothing about until recently.  It all started when I was noticing a large droplet (of what I later learned was oil/grease), in the same place on my stove.  I eventually looked up and noticed the filter in my stove hood seemed to be leaking/dripping… so I unscrewed it to see nothing worrisome on the other side.  What I did notice is that the filter was completely coated in grease (gross I know).

At this point I had no idea how to remedy this situation, so I tried running it under water.  When that did nothing (because the grease build up was so bad, and the water was just running over it), I decided to consult Google.

The filter on the right was untouched, and the filter on the right is one i tried to scrub with a rag (the rag is now in the trash can sadly).

After reviewing multiple suggestions, here is what I did:

1. Bring your largest pot of water to a boil.

Boiling Water

2. Add 1/2 cup of baking soda… Add it slowly because it will boil over quickly!

Baking Soda

3. Add filters to water and let boil for 5 minutes.

4. Watch as the grease boils away! Gross… but nice to know this is doing something!


5. Pull out the filter and see the difference in the side that was submerged and the side that wasn’t…

Cleaned Filter

6. Dump the water out (I recommend your yard… not your sink!) and repeat steps 1-5.

7. Let filters dry overnight and replace into your clean stove hood! Cook away!

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1 Comment

  • Reply Anna April 5, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing this – I’ve tried everything minus this. The visuals are very appreciated.

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