Clean Your Oven Vent Filter in Less Than 10 Minutes

When you use your oven, you likely use the vent above it, and it’s good to use it—it removes grease, heat, and chemicals from the air, making your air quality and comfort better.

However, it’s just as important to clean the vent filter to prevent fire hazards, and that is one house cleaning job no one wants. If you’ve ever tried it, you likely spent a lot of time scrubbing and washing until you finally said, “good enough!” and moved on.

You aren’t the only one, but in the search for the fastest, easiest way to clean them, a discovery has been made at last:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. This needs to be a pot big enough to hold the filter, so a soup or stock pot is probably your best bet.
  2. Add a cup of baking soda. Add it right into the pot. There’s no need to stir (the boiling usually takes care of that), but if you find that the powder is staying clumped on the top, give it a quick stir.
  3. Drop in the filter. Couldn’t be easier: just put the filter straight into the pot.
  4. Boil for 5 minutes. Resist the temptation to take it out and look at it. Walk away for 5 minutes if necessary!
  5. Remove the filter. You may find it necessary to rinse, but likely not, and the filter will be completely clean.

The boiling water melts the grease on the filter, and the baking soda clings to it, pulling it away from the filter. Your pot is going to look not-so-hot, but a pot is much easier to clean than a fan filter!