How to clean a range hood filter?

Time to fix: 30 minutes

It is recommended to check and clean the filter at least once a month, depending on the usage of the hood. Some hoods may require more frequent cleaning, especially if you cook often, use high heat, or deep fry.

Why do you need to fix it?

  1. Safety: A dirty filter can cause a buildup of grease and oil, which can be a fire hazard.
  2. Efficiency: A dirty filter can reduce the effectiveness of the range hood, making it less able to remove smoke, steam, and odors from the kitchen.
  3. Longevity: A dirty filter can cause the range hood to work harder than it needs to, which can lead to wear and tear on the motor and other components.
  4. Hygiene: A dirty filter can harbor bacteria, mold, and other microorganisms that can be harmful to your health.
  5. Aesthetics: A dirty filter can cause a buildup of grime and stains that can be unsightly and difficult to remove.

So what do you need to do now?

  1. Remove the filter from the hood by releasing the clips or latches that hold it in place.
  2. Check the filter to see if it is made of metal or aluminium. If so, you can wash it in warm soapy water, then rinse it and let it dry completely before reinstalling it.
  3. If the filter is not made of metal, it is likely a charcoal filter that cannot be cleaned and must be replaced.
  4. Reinstall the clean or new filter back into the range hood.

Please take note that some hood filters are also dishwasher safe, you should always check the manufacturer's instructions or consult the manual of your range hood before cleaning the filter.