When was the last time you peeked underneath the hood of your kitchen chimney? If it was a couple of months ago, or worse, you don’t remember, then it is time you cleaned up the workhorse of the kitchen! From absorbing smoke and steam to being at the constant receiving end of oil and spice splatters (no matter how careful you are!), the chimney has to withstand many kitchen mishaps. And, cleaning the kitchen chimney once a month can help you get rid of the dirt and grime, and save you a considerable amount of money (talk about expensive cleaning services!). Let’s take a look at a few easy ways to clean your kitchen chimney.
1. Dishwashing Liquid
One of the easiest ways to clean the kitchen filters is with dishwashing liquid. All you need to do is to take out the filters from the chimney and apply the liquid detergent on them. Now, move the filters to a bucket filled with hot water, and let them sit for 1-2 hours. Finally, take out the filters from the water and scrub out the residue using a scrub pad, before rinsing them clean.
2. Baking Soda, Vinegar & Salt
Baking soda is a magic ingredient that can fight the most stubborn stains. To make this cleaning solution add 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda, 2 cups of vinegar, and 2-3 tablespoons of salt into a bucket filled with hot water. Soak the kitchen filters in the solution for 1 hour, give them a good scrub to remove the dirt before rinsing them clean.
The solution of baking soda, salt, and vinegar works amazingly well when cleaning tough stains. However, in case that you don’t have all three of them at home, then, you can just use vinegar. All you need to do is soak the filters in a solution of boiling water and 2 cups of vinegar for 1-2 hours. After that, scrub out the grease with a soft scrubber and wipe them clean.
4. Paint Thinner
Now, this is not your regular cleaning agent, but, in case you do have a spare bottle of paint thinner from your last renovation, then use it to clean the kitchen chimney. Simply, dab the paint thinner on a piece of cloth and scrub out the dirt from the filter and other dirty areas of the chimney. Once done, clean the filters with water and let them dry.
5. Caustic Soda
If you have a really filthy kitchen chimney, then try using this one: Take out the filters and lay them on a plate. Sprinkle caustic soda onto the filters and pour hot water on them. The acidic nature of the caustic soda will dissolve all the dirt. Let it sit for 2-3 hours and then scrub out the remaining grime. Remember, Caustic soda or sodium hydroxide is highly corrosive in nature and releases fumes when it comes in contact with hot water, hence wearing gloves and a mask is a pre-requisite.