Many Indians cook spicy fried foods at the expense of boiled or half boiled foods. Consequently, they use a lot of oil and spices to give the food a delicious taste but again this only results in the production of a lot of smoke and grease.
On that note, it is essential to have kitchen chimneys in order to clean all the smoke and polluted air to keep your kitchen just as fresh as it should be. But again, having the chimneys and cleaning them are two different things altogether.
So how exactly should you clean such chimneys? Well, this article provides a plethora of options for cleaning your kitchen chimneys and keep your kitchen just as fresh as you wish it to be.
Types of Chimneys
So before looking at the various methods of cleaning your chimney at home, let’s begin by looking at some of the types of chimneys.
Well, electric chimneys feature any of the three types of filters-mesh, baffle and charcoal filters. To begin with, the mesh filters consist of aluminum and have several layers. One of the most notable features of the mesh filters is that they retain grease particles such as cooking oil and masalas.
These products can block such filters and reduce the efficiency of your chimney over time. Interestingly, most Indian households use oil and plenty of spices when cooking.
The baffle filters, on the other hand, use a newer technology known as “cut-and-chop” in order to separate the smoke from grease. With these types of chimneys, the cooking oil and spices do not accumulate in the suction power.
Lastly, charcoal filters feature granules that are effective at absorbing the cooking smoke and odor. The ability of the charcoal filters to absorb the smoke and purify it largely depends on their thickness. That being said, these filters cannot be cleaned and they are only replaced after some time. Ideally, charcoal filters are commonly available in ductless electric chimneys.
Now, before looking at the various methods of cleaning your chimney, it is most noteworthy to have the following factors in mind to help you increase the lifespan of your chimneys.
Clean the Exterior of your Chimney Hood with a Soft Cloth and Detergent Regularly
This process helps to avoid the accumulation of the sticky grease on your filters. Remember as stated earlier, oil and grease are the two most common by-products of Indian cooking.
Clean the Chimney Filters once a Fortnight
As soon as the chimney starts to sound heavier than usual when operating, you should know that it is time to clean the filters. The best duration for cleaning your filters could probably be once in every two weeks. Regular cleaning of your chimney not only keeps your filters unclogged but it also ensures the efficiency of your chimney.
Activate the Auto-clean Option if Your Chimney has it
Certain chimneys feature an auto-clean function. With such chimneys, the cooking grease accumulates in a part of the chimney and when you activate the auto-clean function, the oil is easily removed in a tray. In this manner, there is no need to manually clean the chimney filters.
How to Clean the Chimney with Dishwashing Liquids
We all have specific liquids for cleaning our dishes. Now, you can use these same liquids to clean your chimney. One of the benefits of using such liquids is that they are readily available to effectively clean the oil and grease stains from your chimney.
But it would be worthless to have the dishwashing liquids without knowing what steps to follow to give your chimney an amazing look. Thankfully, here is the procedure for cleaning your chimney using the dishwashing liquids.
- Start by removing the filters before applying the dishwashing liquid on it.
- Fill a bucket or tub with boiling water.
- Dip the filters completely in the water and you should let them stay in the boiled water for 1-2 hours.
- When this period elapses, remove the filters and scrub them thoroughly with a non-abrasive scrubber.
Besides, a second method is available and it involves the usage of a big steel container. With this method, you can immerse the filters in the water and allow it to boil for 30 minutes. This procedure is better than the previous method because boiling removes the grease and other stains easily.
Cleaning the Chimney Using Baking Soda
Baking soda is undoubtedly one of the most commonly used kitchen ingredients. Again, it is also regarded as an all-purpose cleaner. Baking soda is suitable for cleaning your chimney thanks to its mild abrasive nature that makes it effective in removing the stubborn stains. So what is the procedure for cleaning the kitchen chimney filters using the baking powder?
- Well, begin by filling a bucket or tub with hot boiling water.
- Now, add 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda, 2-3 tablespoons of salt, and 2 cups of vinegar and 2-3 to it.
- Proceed by immersing the chimney filters into the solution and let it soak for 1-2 hours.
- Remove your filter and scrub using a non-abrasive scrubber.
You will be equally amazed by the new look this ingredient gives to your chimney.
How to Clean your Chimney Filters Using Vinegar
As already mentioned, a mixture of baking soda, vinegar, and salt works perfectly to help you clean your chimney. But again, it’s pretty normal that you may not be willing to use the three ingredients at once or you may not have the other ingredients at home.
So the best thing to do in such a case is to use vinegar alone and you will still get exceptional results. Just like baking soda, vinegar is also mildly abrasive and removes stains easily hence it is also a commonly used ingredient.
Apart from being an all-purpose cleaner, vinegar is also a disinfectant so it is effective at destroying all the germs present in your filters. And the method is more or less the same as using the baking soda.
- Start by adding an adequate amount of vinegar to a bucket or tub of boiling water.
- Immerse your chimney filter into the water and allow it to soak for 1-2 hours.
- Then using a soft scrubber, scrub your chimney and wipe with a cotton cloth before letting it dry naturally.
An alternative method for better results would be to boil the water along with the vinegar before immersing your chimney filter into it. This method removes stains easily.
Using a Paint Thinner to Clean your Chimney Filters
Yes! You read that one right. Paint thinner can be a viable option to effectively remove the oil and grease stains. The whole process of cleaning your kitchen chimney using the paint thinner is relatively simpler and you can always try it out on your own. Besides, you can also use the nail polish remover in place of the paint thinner.
So what exactly does it involve? Well, here are the steps to follow.
- Start by soaking a piece of cloth in the paint thinner or the nail polish remover.
- Now, use the piece of cloth to scrub the chimney filters and the other parts of the chimney.
- When you have finished scrubbing, wash the chimney thoroughly in water before keeping it in sunlight to dry naturally.
How to Clean your Kitchen Chimney Using Caustic Soda
Now, when was the last time you cleaned your kitchen chimneys? Well, if your chimney is so dirty to an extent that it cannot be cleaned by any of the aforementioned ingredients, then caustic soda can be your best bet.
The acidic nature of this ingredient makes it effective at removing the stains in as little as a single use. To clean your chimney using caustic soda,
- Place your filters in a tray.
- Follow this by sprinkling caustic soda on your filters.
- Now, pour boiling water on the filters.
- Allow it to stay for 2-3 hours before removing it.
- Finish by rinsing your filters with clean water before letting them dry naturally.
However, this method carries some limitations and there are a few precautions to bear in mind when cleaning your chimney.
For instance, it is advisable to stay away from the area as soon as you see the fumes to avoid inhaling such.
Additionally, do not touch the ingredient using bare hands since it may burn your skin. So the best thing to do when using this method to clean your chimney is to use gloves throughout the whole process.
How to Clean Chimney Mesh at home
So having looked at some of the chemicals used to clean the kitchen chimneys at home, it is essential to know how to clean the chimney mesh at home.
The kind of food cooked by many Indians make it clear that baffle and mesh are the most suitable chimneys among the majority. Now, mesh filters feature small pores that absorb the resultant smoke so they are likely to have small particulates clogging on them. On that note, it is necessary to soak the mesh filters in warm water before cleaning them.
Follow these steps to clean the mesh filters at home.
- Begin by filling the bucket or tub with boiled water.
- Add 4-5 tablespoons of your detergent powder on your boiled water.
- Now, put your chimney mesh on your boiling water.
- Use a brush to scrub the mesh thoroughly. Rinse it with clean water and allow it to dry naturally.
As mentioned earlier, mesh filters are always made from aluminum so it is not advisable to use harsh soap, chemicals or detergents when cleaning them since such can only decolorize the filters. What’s more, you can consider removing the internal mesh layers and cleaning them separately to attain even better results and also for the sake of its safety.
How to Clean Grease from your Chimney Filters
But how do you clean grease from chimney filters? You may ask. Well, cleaning grease from your chimney can be so challenging especially if you are not sure of the method to follow and the right detergents to use in order to attain the best results.
Thankfully, we have comprehensively outlined how you can remove grease stains from your chimney and give it the best appearance just as it should be.
To begin with, what are some of the requirements for cleaning grease from your chimney filters?
- Very hot or boiling water
- Degreasing dish soap
- Baking soda
- Non-abrasive scrub brush
- Paper towels or dishcloth
Now, when cleaning grease from your chimney filters, start by removing the filters from the hood. Again, most of the filters should always slide out of the underside of the hood easily. Proceed to fill a bucket or sink with boiling water.
A common principle states that the hotter the water, the more effective it will be at removing the grease stains. So you should always aim at keeping it as hot as it should be. Now,
- Add the baking soda and the dishwashing soap to your water. 1/4 cup of baking soda should be enough during this process while you should also check the amount of degreasing soap added to ensure it is sufficient to give the best results.
- Now, it is time to put your greasy filters into the water. At this point, it is all important to ensure that your greasy filters are completely submerged into the water in order to clean all the surfaces.
- Allow your filters to soak in the water for up to 10 minutes before scrubbing your filters using a non-abrasive scrub brush. You can as well add more soap while scrubbing if at all that is necessary.
In summary, it is our hope that this post has highlighted the useful tips for cleaning the kitchen chimneys that will give you an enjoyable experience every time you clean your chimney filters.
There is practically no excuse for leaving your chimneys dirty again when you have all the information about cleaning them and all the important steps to follow. In a nutshell, this is the right time to make those kitchen chimneys shinny again.