5 Easy Ways How to Clean Kitchen Chimney
Cleaning the kitchen has always been a herculean and a time-consuming task, especially when one has to clean microwave oven and kitchen chimney. So here we bring you 5 Easy Ways How to Clean a Kitchen Chimney.
Most of the food in our Indian kitchens are made with loads of spices and oil.
The fumes produced from cooking makes the stove area and chimney filters sticky and greasy. The chimney should be normally cleaned twice or at least once in a month.
Cleaning the chimney makes its functioning more effective and also makes it looks good.
Nowadays, many new models of chimneys are available in the market. Most of the Indian kitchens have the mesh or baffle filter type chimneys because these types of chimneys are best suited for Indian kitchens.
Other sorts of chimneys such as ones with Charcoal filters cannot be cleaned as these have to be replaced six monthly.
How to Clean Mesh and Baffle Filters with Natural Ingredients
First of all, for cleaning the chimney filters, separate the filters from the hood. Mesh filters are like sheets made of aluminium thread made.
You can clean your chimney filters in many different ways. Use of chemicals, harsh soap or detergents will discolour the aluminium material. It’s better to clean naturally.
Personally, I feel that baffle filters are easier to clean than the mesh filters. Here we will discuss all possible natural and custom ways of cleaning filters.
Clean Chimney with Dishwashing Liquid
- Firstly apply some dishwashing liquid (ex: IFB washing liquid) to the chimney filters.
- Take some hot boiling water into a bucket or container or anything in which you can immerse your filters to be cleaned.
- Ensure that your filters are completely immersed in the hot water.
- Let it soak for up to one to two hour approx.
- In case you have a steel container in which you can dip the filters then it’ll be better to boil it for half an hour.
- Boiling will effectively remove grease and oil when immersed in hot water.
- After removing it from water, scrub it gently with a non-abrasive scrubber like ‘Scotch-Brite Non-Scratch Sponge’
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Cleaning Kitchen Chimney by using Baking Soda
This method requires baking soda, salt and vinegar.
- Take the filters into the tub and add hot boiling water, 2-3 tablespoon of baking soda, 2-3 tablespoon of salt and 2 cups of vinegar to it.
- Let it soak for 1 to 2 hours.
- For better results instead of dipping it into hot water, boil it along with all the above-mentioned ingredients.
Clean Chimney with Paint Thinner
- Paint thinner is also an excellent choice to clean greasy and oily materials.
- If you don’t have thinner, then you can alternatively use your nail polish remover too for the same purpose.
- This is a quick fix option to clean up your chimney filters hurriedly as they don’t need too much time to be cleaned.
- Just soak a small piece of cloth with thinner and rub it gently on the filters.
- After cleaning the filters thoroughly, rinse it with clean water and carefully let it dry in the sun.
Cleaning Your Chimney using Caustic Soda
- Presently coming to, how to clean the chimney filters utilizing harsh pop/caustic soda.
- Like the above techniques, take a plate or bucket.
- Sprinkle the caustic soda on the filter channels and now pour the hot water on the plate and keep up the distance with the plate.
- Be careful as the vapour released from the composite may hurt.
- Rest it for 2-3 hours. Ensure you wear your hand gloves while expelling the filters from the plate.
- Rinse the filters with clean water, let it dry and replace it in the chimney hood.
Caution with Caustic Soda
- Caustic soda is an excellent cleaning agent, but using it without proper precautions may be harmful.
- Caustic soda is also commonly known as Sodium hydroxide (NaOH).
- One needs to be careful while using caustic soda. Do not touch the caustic soda with your bare hands. It may cause a burn. Wear gloves while using it Caustic soda.
- We recommend you to ty and use this technique if your filters are too greasy and oily.