Today, I'm sharing about that pesky stove hood vent filter. You know the one that covers the fan? The one you probably don't often look at since it's under the hood? The one that if you cook steaks on the stove top 1 too many times can start to look like this:
Oh yeah...that. I'll be honest. These posts are gross. I am almost embarrassed to even share that picture because of how gross it is. But it is what it is, and cleaning it was so simple. So, if you're filter is looking a little bit less than beautiful, the good news is, you've probably already got the ingredients for cleaning right in your pantry?
|That's a pretty sweet reflection in that pot, huh?|
A large stockpot, water, and baking soda. That's it! I originally searched for ideas for this cleaning project via Google, and when I saw a similar post by One Good Thing By Jillee, I knew that would be the one I used. I also used tips from her blog and others when cleaning our pillows so I was confident in her solution. (If you haven't already checked out her blog, you should!)
This could not have been more simple. First, I grabbed the largest stock pot that we had on hand and filled it about 2/3 with water which I then brought to a boil.
Once the water was boiling, I added 1/2 cup of baking soda slowly since it fizzes up immediately upon touching the water (dies down quickly, too, but the initial fizz is something else...)
And after 5 minutes on the opposite side, I took the filter out and rinsed in the sink under hot water. I used a rag to wipe down the edges.
This is what the water looked like when it stopped boiling. Di-sgus-ting.
On the bright side though, at least it's clean right? I dumped the water right out in the back of the back yard since I didn't want all that grease going down the drain.
And viola! The before and after: