Bookmark this cleaning hack. It will save you 500 bucks that the chimney baffle filter service guy would have charged you. You can thank me later.

I’m going to list super-simple two alternative to clean your greasy kitchen filters at home. And, no elbow grease. Yes, you read it right – no scrubbing, no harsh chemicals. But, what you’ll get after an hour are these squeaky clean chimney filters.

Method 1: Pop it in the dishwasher

It’s as simple as that but most people are not aware that you can remove the plates and put them in the dishwasher through a hot water cycle along with your other dishes. I usually run it in the 70 deg cycle which ensures that all the grease is cleaned.

Dishwasher: I have a Siemens dishwasher similar to this one.

Method 2: Fill the sink with hot water

Plug the drain of the sink and fill it with steaming hot water. Pour a few drops of the dishwashing liquid and immerse the plates in the sink. After an hour or two, empty the sink, take them out and rinse them. You will find the grease coming off easily.

This method requires more effort than Method #1 but is nevertheless easy as the hot water does most of the job.

Wipe it clean with a dry cloth and put it back in.

Some of your frequently asked questions answered below:

Is caustic soda or drain cleaner a good idea to clean the plates?

There is little doubt that they won’t come clean. But I would personally not use this on a regular basis because of the harsh chemicals and they should be handled with extreme care and caution around kids.

The fumes are also harmful when inhaled.

How to get oil grease out a chimney?

Both the methods outlines above will do the job. If you are doing it manually, you may also want to rub it with a paste of baking soda first before putting it in the sink.

Which filters are better for Indian cooking?

Baffle filters are better as the oil residue is captured well by these filters. You can remove them which makes them easy to clean. They are made of stainless steel and are thick. They are also fire resitant.

Maintenance tips to prolong the life of a chimney filter

  • regular cleaning at least once a week so that there is no build up of oil

Do you have a cleaning hack to clean the chimney plates that you would like to share? Leave a comment below.

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