Clean your stove vents


There's nothing quite like seeing the transformation of a grimy, greasy stove vent after it has been thoroughly cleaned. I've discovered a remarkable and straightforward cleaning method that I'd love to share with you. I first came across this technique from the One Good Thing by Jillee blog, and it has been a game-changer ever since.

Let's take a look at the before state of my filters: Quite an unappetizing sight, right? The buildup of grease and dirt on them made me uneasy, thinking about it hovering over my food as I cook.

To clean your stove vents, you'll need a large pot and some baking soda. A crucial piece of advice: if your pots are non-stick, it's advisable to use a stainless steel pot instead. I have one dedicated to this cleaning purpose.

Start by bringing a large pot of water to boil. Once it's bubbling vigorously, sprinkle in some baking soda. The exact amount depends on the volume of water, but don't be surprised when it starts to fizz - that's a good sign! Slowly add your baking soda to avoid overflowing. Once it's fizzing sufficiently, use tongs to carefully submerge your filters into the pot.

As you can see from these photos, the water fizzes around the filters, and the grease starts to detach itself.

I left mine in the boiling solution for around a minute - manageable because my filters are quite small. If you have larger filters, you might need to clean them in two halves.

After extraction, it's amazing to see the grease-ridden filters transformed into what seems like a brand new state. Knowing that these clean filters are over my food while cooking brings peace of mind. Plus, the elimination of this grease and grime could help to reduce unwanted kitchen odors.

For subsequent filters, I reused the water in the pot, just adding more baking soda to maintain the fizz. The end result was two sparkling clean filters!

Although your pot may look a little dirty afterwards, it's relatively easy to clean. When it comes to discarding the used water, I suggest pouring it in a remote area of your backyard, out of reach of pets or children. It's to prevent the greasy water from coating your pipes or causing environmental harm.

That's it! This process took me under 10 minutes from start to finish. I hope you find it as effective and straightforward as I did!