How To Clean Your Greasy Range Hood Filter

Clean your greasy range hood filter

{Welcome to “Save My Sanity Saturday” at One Good Thing By Jillee….where I attempt to avoid having a nervous breakdown by actually giving myself a day off from blogging once a week! So pull up a chair and sit back and enjoy an “oldie but goodie” from the One Good Thing By Jillee archives.}


Today’s post is going to AMAZE you….and at the same time probably GROSS YOU OUT a little. You’ve been forewarned.

I didn’t start out my day with the intention of grappling with this particularly onerous task…but as is often the case with me, one thing led to another and there I was, off on one of my cleaning tangents. Of course the RESULTS made it all worthwhile…but not before I asked myself (several times)….how did I get myself into this???


cleaning the greasy stove vent filterWell, it all started with a burnt out light bulb.  I was making a grilled cheese sandwich for my youngest on the stove when POOF!…the light above the stove went out. Since I have this thing about needing to SEE what it is I’m cooking…I had to put the cheese sandwich on hold while I went in search of a new bulb.

As I was changing the bulb I unfortunately noticed the condition of the UNDERSIDE of the hood above my stove. OY!!!  Kinda wish I hadn’t done that. You see normally all I see is THIS SIDE of the stove hood, which I manage to keep pretty clean. Looks nice doesn’t it? Well don’t let that fool you…underneath lurks a beast!


Clean your greasy range hood filter

A beast in the form of the OVEN VENT FILTER! I must have looked at that thing a hundred times and not even thought twice about how dirty it must be….until today that is.  This blogging stuff is getting to me! And of course once something gets in my head…as the hubster will attest…you might as well forget it. It’s all over. There’s no use in even TRYING to get it out.  It’s there to stay until *I* decide it goes.

So slight change of plans for the afternoon. I finished the grilled cheese sandwich and went to consult with my friend Google. It didn’t take long for me to find an incredibly helpful and informative website called The Manly Housekeeper where the (manly) Mark did a post about this very subject just 12 short days ago! How weird is that?

I immediately decided the idea had merit…so I was off and running with it. Little did I know what I was getting myself in to.

Mark’s “How-To” on cleaning greasy oven vent filters is simple.  Haul out your biggest pot, fill it with water and bring it to a boil.  Then add 1/2 cup of BAKING SODA….VERY SLOWLY! Literally, you have to add it about a tablespoon at a time because it IMMEDIATELY fizzes up quite alarmingly! (The fizz goes right away.) Then take your caked-with-grease filter and submerge it in the pot. (Well, 1/2 of it anyway.)


Clean your greasy range hood filter

For the first few minutes I watched in fascination as the boiling water went to work on the grease. You could see it just melting off. But my fascination soon turned to disgust (bordering on horror!) as I continue to watch my filter “cook” in the water. I think the pictures tell the story…


Clean your greasy range hood filter

Don’t worry, this came clean easily with some Dawn dishwashing liquid.


Oh. My. Goodness.I couldn’t believe how much grease just kept bubbling up to the surface! I finally decided that I should empty this pot o’ sludge…and give the vent another treatment with a clean pot of water and more baking soda. So I took out the vent, and dumped the grease slick out in the backyard (I wasn’t ABOUT to dump it down my sink!). When I got back in I decided to try rinsing the vent with really hot water out of the tap before boiling it again, but it turned out that’s all it took to get the rest of the grease out. I kept rinsing until the water ran clear….and that was that.


Before and After pics:


Clean your greasy range hood filter


After letting the vent dry for the rest of the day propped up on top of the stove…I returned it to it’s “home” tonight and had to admit it was a pretty great feeling knowing it was now a GREASE-FREE zone.  All-in-all it really was a simple fix…one that could have been a lot worse had it involved hand-to-hand combat with the grease. Come to think of it…the only time my hands touched grease was taking the filter out in the first place. Thanks Manly Mark! I owe you one! :-)



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  1. ANNA says


    • CTY says

      Anna–if you sew you may want to try this. Remove the lace and the work on your stain without the rest of the skirt (to keep the skirt from bleeding into the lace more). Before reattaching the lace make sure the skirt is done bleeding. Vinegar should help set the die in the skirt, just don’t use vinegar on the lace or it could set the dye into the lace.

  2. Fran says

    Anna- try a product called Stain Solver. I’be heard it works miracles on problems like your tree skirt.

  3. Tracy E. says

    I have two of those filters in my hood although they don’t have all that material in them. I routinely stick them in the dishwasher. Problem solved.

    • Andrea Rayna says

      Tracy E – I always did that too and it worked great!….now I’ve moved to a house with no dishwasher. I’m very sad about that……LOL

  4. Janet T says

    Yes, it’s Grease City up there! Will eventually try your technique, when I’ve recovered from the holiday season.
    However, I have an incredibly useful suggestion—you’ll wonder how you managed without one of these once you start using it to its full potential: an ELECTRIC KETTLE! I moved to England nearly 40 years ago, where seemingly everyone had one. After 30 years I finally got my own—no, not just for making a cup of Earl Grey tea! Taking only a couple of minutes to boil the maximum 1.7 litres, the kettle is a godsend for cooking things like pasta, potatoes, rice, soup, and big cleaning projects. Before getting an electric kettle, I could make my traditional spaghetti sauce from scratch in the time it took to boil the water in my big pot! You can buy them now in the States; compare them for speed of boiling, etc. as well as looks (I prefer a stainless steel one with a flat heating element in the bottom). Empty the kettle after each use to minimise hard water deposits. To remove water deposits, just fill with distilled vinegar (which you can reuse) and leave overnight, then rinse well. (Be sure to leave a note on it when you do this, otherwise you’ll get very interesting-tasting coffee the next morning!)

  5. Kanna says

    This is a great tip! I have just bought a new one twice instead of having to try and clean it. ugh! $30 bucks a pop… right now it is pretty scary I’m sure. I put it in the dishwasher and the grease wasn’t even budging. I am going to try this today! Thanks for all your great etc!!!

  6. Michelle says

    Between this post and your one on oven cleaning, the cleaning bug has hit me! Thanks for the great posts!

    Your washing pillow method works great, btw. :)

  7. Valerie Dedmon says

    Tried it, and it works great!! Very easy, and only takes 5 to 10 mins once you put the filter in. Great post and blog.

  8. jewls says

    Hello! Love all of your great tips! They are both helpful and effective! I was wondering if you have a tip for cleaning the stuck on, burnt on mess on my flat top stove? I’ve tried several cleaners and tried soaking the areas overnight. But nothing wipes it away. Any suggestions?Thanks!