How to clean chimney filter at home without spending money

Kitchen chimney is one the most important part of our kitchen. They enhance the look of the kitchen. And provides a safe way to pass cooking steam and smog out of the kitchen. They keep our kitchen clean and grease free. But we do not clean it regularly. So, in this post, I will show you how to clean the chimney filter at home.

how to clean chimney filter at home

Do you remember the days when people used to use an exhaust fan in their kitchen? The surrounding area of the gas stove and to the exhaust fan was very dirty and grease. Cleaning the whole area was the mess. And it was destroying the look of the kitchen also. The kitchen looks very dirty within a few days after cleaning it.

But now the time has changed. People use kitchen chimney instead of the exhaust fan. It looks beautiful, does a good job compare to exhaust fan etc. But, it also requires regular cleaning of filters. Otherwise, it will not function properly.

Costly to get it clean from professionals

If you hire the professionals for cleaning it regularly then it will cost you a lot. Many kitchen service providers selling their package for cleaning it four times a year. They charge around 1100 INR (approx. ) for their 4 services. Chimney cleaning charges in the western countries may be high.

But in three months it becomes too dirty. So why spend money on cleaning it. Instead, learn the ways to clean filters at home without spending money.

When was the last time you cleaned or get cleaned your chimney’s filter? I am sure it was a few months back. Due to not regularly cleaning of the chimneys. It collects oil, and it becomes so grease you cannot imagine.

There are some drawbacks of dirty and grease chimney filters are:

  1. It does not look good. It completely ruins the look of your kitchen.
  2. Over the period of time filters blocked from grease. And due to that sucking power of chimney is diminished.
  3. If your filters are very dirty then the grease/oil drops from filters may drop on the stove. It can because of fire in your home.
  4. Sometimes due to the less effectiveness of chimney, smoke and steam are showing in your kitchen. And the surrounding area near the stove also gets dirty.
  5. If you are using a mesh filter and not cleaning it regularly. Then filters can be blocked with oil and grease. And you need to replace it with new filters.

 

dirty mesh filter

That’s why it’s important to clean filters regularly.

Have you looked at the filters of it? Do you regularly clean it? We all know regular cleaning of filters is required.

The functions of the chimney

To understand what chimney does, we can divide chimney into three parts. Chimney motor, filters, and vent (pipe through air passes out of chimney). Motor function is to suck the steam and throughout it through vent pipes.

Filters function is to remove the oil from the steam and smoke. They stores oil from steam and smoke from it. Vent function is to sent air out of the kitchen.

There are many types of filters present in the market. But mesh filter baffle filters are more common. For Indian kitchen baffle or mesh filter are more suitable. Charcoal filter chimneys cannot be cleaned. They need to replace every six months. So, it is not suitable for the Indian kitchen.

How often you should clean the filters

Cleaning of filters depends on many factors.

  • How much cooking do you do in your kitchen? It is how many times you cook in a day. If you cook thrice in a day then you required frequent cleaning of filters. If you cook only once a day then frequently cleaning is not required.
  • Do you use too much oil and spices while making food? In the Indian kitchen, we use too much oil and spices. Due to that filters get dirty very soon. It depends on this factor also how much oil you use in cooking, how many times you do frying, making paranthas (Indian flattened bread) etc.
  • How frequently you clean your chimney’s filters? If you not clean filters regularly. Then your filters become too much greasy and very difficult to clean.

baffle filter full of oil and grease

In terms of the number of days. We should clean chimney filters every 15 days. Otherwise, we must clean it every month.

In the Indian kitchen scenario, cleaning of chimney filters in every 15 days suggested. In other countries, you can clean it according to your cooking style etc. which I have mentioned above. If you are using fewer oils and do less cooking then once in a month is suggested.

In a simple way, look to the filters and check how dirty are they. If they are dirty and cleaning is required. Then, clean it, otherwise, use it for a few more days. Isn’t it the right way to check it?

Methods to clean chimney filters

There are five methods for cleaning chimney filters at home. There are some pros and cons of each method. I tried some of the methods. But, I use only method 5 for cleaning the filters. This is my method. I found it on my own. I have provided the video demonstration also of it.

Method 1: Clean chimney with dishwashing liquid

Required: Dishwashing liquid, scrub brush and boiling water. You can use baking soda also in it. It is completely optional. This method is taken from here.

Steps:

  1. Removal of filters from the chimney: First of all we need to remove it from the chimney. Most of the filters have a lock for removing it from the chimney. Just use that lock for removing it.
  2. Fill a bucket with boiling water: You need a bucket with boiling water. The hotter the water, it will be more effective.
  3.  Pour dishwashing soap: Pour 4-5 tablespoons of dish soap in it and mix with the help of a scrub brush. Do not mix with hands as water is hot
  4. Soak filters in water: Soak filters in the hot water and cover it completely. Let them there for 10 minutes.
  5. Scrub the filters: After soaking it, scrub it with a scrub brush. And add more dish soap if required on dirty area and scrub it again.
  6. Rinse and dry: Rinse filters with hot or cold water. And after drying it fit back in their place.

Pros:

  • All the material is available at home.
  • No need to spend money on buying stuff for cleaning filters.

Cons:

  • If your chimney is very dirty, then this method may not work.
  • You need to need to do hard work in it. You need to scrub it thoroughly.

My Recommendation: You can try but hard work required in it.

Method 2: Cleaning with baking soda, salt, and vinegar

Required: Baking soda, salt, vinegar, and water. Apart from that, you required a scrub brush or waste toothbrush. You can use boiling water also.

Steps:

  1. Remove the filters from the chimney.
  2. Fill a bucket with boiling water.
  3. Put 3 tablespoons of baking soda and salt and 2 cups of vinegar in boiling water.
  4. Soak the filters in it for 1 to 2 hours.
  5. Scrub with the scrub brush.
  6. Clean it with water. And put the filters back in their place.

Pros:

  • No pros in this method.

Cons:

  • All the materials are not available at home like vinegar and baking soda. Some people do not use vinegar and baking soda in their kitchen.
  • You need to spend money on buying stuff for cleaning filters like baking soda and vinegar. It is a costly method to clean filters.
  • Time-consuming method. It takes 2-3 hours to clean filters.
  • You need to need to do hard work in it. You need to scrub it thoroughly.

My Recommendation: Not recommended

Method 3: Clean chimney with caustic soda

Required: Caustic soda, tub, hot boiling water, gloves

Steps:

  1. Remove the filters from the chimney. And put these on the tub.
  2. Sprinkle caustic soda on top of filters.
  3. Put boiling water on top of it. Maintain little distance from the tub. As caustic soda will release the fumes from it.
  4. Soak the filters in it for 2 to 3 hours. Use gloves while dealing with caustic soda as it can cause a chemical burn in your hands.
  5. Scrub with the scrub brush if required.
  6. Clean it with water. And put the filters back in their place.

Pros:

  • No pros in this method.

Cons:

  • Fumes releasing from caustic soda is not good for health.
  • It can cause a chemical burn in your hands if you are not using it with gloves
  • You need to spend money on buying caustic soda and gloves.
  • It is a time-consuming method and takes 2-3 hours to clean filters.

My Recommendation: Not recommended

Method 4: Cleaning with paint thinner

Required: Paint thinner

Steps:

  1. Remove the filters from the chimney.
  2. Apply paint thinner on it with the help of a brush
  3. Scrub with the brush.
  4. Apply paint thinner again on dirty area and scrub it again.
  5. Clean it with water. And put the filters back in their place.

Pros:

  • No pros in this method.

Cons:

  • It is a costly method. You need to buy paint thinner from the market.
  • It is a time-consuming method and takes 1-2 hours to clean filters.
  • You need to need to do hard work in it. You need to scrub it thoroughly.

My Recommendation: Not recommended

Method 5: Cleaning with detergent powder and boiling water – My method and Recommended

Required: detergent powder and boiling water.

Steps: 

1. Removal of filters from the chimney: First of all we need to remove it from the chimney. Most of the filters have a lock for removing it from the chimney. Just use that lock for removing it.

2. Take a big stock pot or metal tub (patila in hindi). Fill it with water. Put it on the gas stove and boil the water. I used aluminum pot (patila) for it.

put water on the pot on gas stove

3. Cover it with a lid(or steel plate) to speed the boiling process.

cover it with lid or plate

4. Add 3 tablespoons of detergent powder on it. Boil it once again after adding detergent.

add detergent powder

5. Put filters in boiling water. Do not turn off the gas stove. I have a chimney with baffle filter. But for demonstration purpose, I borrowed mesh filter from my neighbors.

put baffle filter on boiling water

 

put mesh filter on boiling water

6. Increase the flame of stove some time and lower the flame some time. Due to the boiling of the water. Oil and grease will remove itself from it.

7. If your pot it little small like mine then turn the filters and do the step 5 and 6 again. Use the cloth for picking the filters. As it becomes hot as the flame is on.

8. Use your waste toothbrush to clean the oil and grease if required. Otherwise, there is very less requirement to scrub it.

clean with the help of waste toothbrush

9. Clean it with hot or cold running water.

rinse baffle filter with running water

rinse mesh filter with running water

10. Use a cloth to clean the water from it.

11. Put these filters on their place.

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Kitchen chimney cleaning video with detergent powder – My method

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cXZXmnfz-E

Pros:

  • It takes only a few minutes to clean it. No wastage of time.
  • All ingredients are easily available at home. No need to spend money on it.
  • Less work required. It cleans itself in boiling water.
  • No harmful chemical required for cleaning it.
  • Easy to clean chimney filters.
  • It is a very cheap method to clean filters. No need to spend money on buying costly ingredients.
  • It is not harmful to us. It does not release any gas or hard on our hands.
  • This method takes very less time.

Cons:

  • No cons in this method.

My Recommendation: Best method to clean the kitchen chimney filters. As it has many pros as compare than other methods.

Buy tide detergent powder which I used in this method.

You can further read my method to clean copper utensils.

From the above methods which I mentioned, we can clean chimney filters at home. But chimney gets oily and greasy from inside over the period of time. For cleaning chimney from inside you need the help of the professionals.

They will remove the whole chimney from its place. They will disassemble it and remove the motor, electronic buttons, filters etc. Then they will clean it from inside.

Cleaning from inside required once in a year. So, it is advisable to take the help of professionals. As it is not easy to install and disassemble it for cleaning and reassemble it. This service is also not costly.

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  1. Disha Shengale 9 Jan, 2019
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