Introduction: Clean Range Hood Filters the Magic Way!
Do you want to see some magic? If you've ever tried scrubbing all the gunky grease build-up out of your range hood filters, only to smear it around and not see much improvement, get ready for some magic!
This method is surprisingly simple, and it's simply amazing that something so simple is this effective.
You'll be so excited watching all the grease just boil away... and you just ~might~ text all your friends a picture of the nasty greasy mess that ~used~ to be in your now-brand-new-looking filters. (Ask me how I know!)
- Yucky, greasy range hood filters
- A pot wide enough to hold them
- Baking soda
Step 1: Gather a Few Supplies
Find a pot that is wide enough for your filters to stand upright in it. A canner or large stockpot works well if your filters are oversized. It's okay if the pot isn't as tall as the filter; you can just clean one end, and then turn the filter over, and clean the other end.
Step 2: Prepare Solution
Place your pot on the stove. Fill it with water, and bring the water to boiling over High heat.
Once the water is boiling, slowly, VERY SLOWLY add 1/2 c. of Baking soda, about one tablespoon at a time. It will foam up and fizz rather wildly; that's why it's important to add the baking soda slowly.
Step 3: Insert the Greasy Filter
Put the icky filter into the boiling solution for about 15 minutes. If your pot is large enough, you may be able to put in two or more filters at a time.
As the water boils, watch as the grease bubbles to the surface.
Step 4: Rinse and Dry
After 15 minutes, carefully remove the filter with tongs.
Run hot tap water over the filter to rinse.
If the filter is completely clean, allow it to dry thoroughly before replacing it in the range hood.
In extreme cases of grease build-up, Steps 2-3 may need to be repeated (using fresh water and baking soda) to achieve sparkling clean filters.
When cleaning up, be sure to pour the greasy water outside, and not down your sink drain.
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Spring Cleaning Challenge