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How to Clean Grease From Chimney Filters At Home – A Detailed Guide

The kitchen chimney plays a significant role in maintaining ventilation in your kitchen, especially when your kitchen is of small size. It removes all steam and smog out of your kitchen and makes the kitchen environment breathable. However, at the same time, due to frequently cooking oily food, your chimney filters become greasy. And for the chimney’s proper functioning, it is necessary to clean chimney filters from time to time. If you call a professional to clean your chimney filters, it will cost you a lot. And that’s why it has become mandatory to know how to clean grease from chimney filters at home. For this, you just need to know some tips and tricks, and then you are good to go. This article will tell you everything that will help you clean your chimney filters at home and without any professional help. Let’s get started with the methods to clean greasy chimney filters: 

3 Most Effective Methods to Clean Grease from Chimney Filters

Using baking soda, salt, and vinegar

Steps to follow: 

  • Take a bucket or tub and fill it with boiling water.
  • Add 3 tbsp of baking soda, salt, and 2 cups of vinegar into that boiling water. Mix all the ingredients properly. 
  • Now carefully remove chimney filters.
  • Soak the filters into the mixture for 1 to 2 hours.
  • Take out the filters from the mixture and scrub them using the scrubber. You can also use waste or an old toothbrush to clean the sides of the filters correctly.
  • In the end, clean the filters under running water and put the filters back in their place.

Using Dishwashing liquid

Steps to follow: 

  • Firstly carefully remove filters from the chimney.
  • Take a bucket or tub and fill that with hot water. Hot water is more effective in removing tougher grease from the filters.
  • Now pour a sufficient amount of dishwashing soap into the hot water. Mix it well using a stick or any other thing. Make sure you don’t use your hand as water is hot.
  • Soak filters into that bucket filled with hot water mixture. Leave it for 10-15 minutes.
  • After soaking it, scrub the filters using a scrub brush. You can add more dish soap if required.
  • Now rinse the soap from filters using hot or cold water and dry them.

Using detergent powder and boiling water

Steps to follow:

  • Remove your chimney filters carefully.
  • Take a metal tub or patila (in Hindi) and fill it with water. Put it on to the gas stove until it starts boiling.
  • Now add 2-3 tbsp of detergent powder into that boiling water. And let the mixture boil for one more time. Make sure you use a good quality detergent powder to remove the grease from the filters easily.
  • Put filters into the boiling water mixture. Do not turn off the gas. Keep the gas stove on the medium flame for the initial few minutes and change it to the low flame for the next few minutes.
  • This mixture of boiling water and detergent will remove the oil and grease from the filter.
  • If your patila is of small size, then you can clean only one half of the filter at once. Now, turn the filter toward another side into the boiling water.
  • Now, take the filter out of the patila. If you still feel like there is some dirt on the filter, you can scrub that area using an old brush or scrubber. Make sure you use a thick cotton cloth to pick the filter out of the hot patila.

Disadvantages of greasy chimney filters

Here are the reasons why you should timely clean the grease from your chimney filters :

  • The dirty and greasy chimney can ruin the whole look of your kitchen.
  • More grease or oil on your chimney block its pores filter and also reduce its sucking power.
  • Overall, your chimney will become less effective in removing dirt, smoke, and steam from your kitchen.
  • Grease or oil can drop onto your gas stove or the food that you are cooking. This can be really unhygienic for you and your family.
  • If oil drop from the filter to your gas stove, it can ignite a fire in your house.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which are the most suitable type of chimney filters for an Indian kitchen?

Mesh filters or baffle filters are the most common and suitable type of chimney filters for Indian kitchens. You can also go for the charcoal filter types if you don’t want to regularly clean your filters and can replace them from time to time. Because charcoal; filters are required to be replaced after every 6-7 months.

How frequently should you clean grease from your chimney filter?

You can decide when to clean your chimney filter as per your cooking style. If your cooking includes too much oil and tadka, then you should clean your chimney filters after every 15-20 days. If you use less oil and do less cooking, then you can clean your chimney filters once a month. You can extend the period if filters are not that dirty and do not require cleaning soon.

How to clean thick grease from chimney filter at home?

Baking soda and vinegar are the most effective ingredients to remove grease from chimney filters. All you need to do is mix 3 tbsp of baking soda and 2 cups of vinegar in hot water and dip the filter into it. Leave the filter inside the mixture for some time. Now sprinkle some baking soda in the greasy residue area and scrub it away with a dampened sponge.


I hope this article has helped you to clear all your doubts and queries regarding how to clean grease from chimney filters at home. All the above-mentioned methods will help you clean your chimney filters at your home without any professional help and without spending a penny. Further, I have tried to make this article more informative, and that’s why I also added some frequently asked questions related to this topic.

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