When’s the last time you looked under your range hood? If it’s been a while, that probably means your range hood filter needs a good cleaning.
Depending on your filter type, you can either clean and re-use your range hood filter or replace it. If you have a charcoal range hood filter, then you will need to buy a new one. Most experts recommend you replace your range hood filter every six months. For charcoal-based grease filters, after a while, the filter cannot absorb anymore grease, or cooking smells, and becomes ineffective.
To clean a replaceable stove grease filter, fill a bucket with very hot water (you probably do not want all the excess grease going down your sink and clogging up your pipes). Add a good grease-busting dishwashing detergent and some baking soda to the water.
Let the filter soak for a few minutes and you will probably notice the grease coming off the filter and into the water. Use a sponge to clean away any remaining grease.
Some people use their dishwasher to clean their filter, but you should only use this method if you know that your filter is dishwasher safe. If you do use this method, you might want to run your dishwasher with the filter alone, especially if the filter is extra greasy.
Take the time to also clean your range hood. Use a heavy duty degreaser cleaner for your range hood, like this one by Whirlpool, to cut through grease.