clean kitchen filter

Do you have an exhaust fan in your kitchen or bathroom or anywhere in your house? If yes, are you taking care of the fan filter properly?

The filter is probably an inevitable part of an exhaust fan that protects us from dirt, stinks, smokes, sometimes deadly chemicals, etc. But how many of you can say that you wash your exhaust fan filter every month? Well, with being a vital part of the fan, it’s the neglected one as well. 

Let’s take a look at how to clean exhaust fan filters so that you don’t skip them the next time. 

Why should you clean the exhaust fan filter?

The exhaust fan filter requires a routine cleaning as it continuously helps and supports the whole device. Let’s have a look at why you should clean the exhaust fan filter day-to-day.

  • When the filter gets stymied with the outside dirt, the whole system gets affected, and the fan stops working after a certain point. 
  • Filthy fan filters are the home of harmful insects like spiders, cockroaches, flies, etc.
  • It generates a rotten odor if not washed. 
  • Shabby fan filters tend to create short-circuit.  

Things required to clean an exhaust fan filter

  • Warm water
  • Dish soap or detergent powder
  • Baking soda
  • Cotton cloths or any soft cloths
  • Scrubbing brush

How to clean the exhaust fan filter?

Fill your sink:

To wash the fan filters, you have to simmer some water as warm water always performs a significant role in cleaning. You can operate the temperature according to your preferences.

Add baking soda and dishwashing foam:

After filling the sink with lukewarm water, the next task is to mix a few drops of dishwasher soap and 1/2 mug of baking soda into it. Then stir them by using a spoon until they get mixed properly. If you notice a generous amount of bubbles with a soapy mixture, then stop stirring it.

Place the filter:

Now it’s time to immerse the parts of your filter to clean it. But make sure you are not placing by soaking them entirely since the sink can overflow and create chaos. Start cleaning the parts one by one now.

Soak and scrub:

Once you are done with separating the filter parts, douse the parts one by one for at least ten minutes into the hot water. Now scrub the parts using a brush. Use soft semi-circular strokes while scrubbing as it’s a very delicate part of the fan.

Dry it out:

Lastly, pat a soft cotton cloth or paper or napkin to soak up the extra water from the filter. Once you’re done, please place it in order and enjoy.


These were some easy tricks to effortlessly clean the exhaust fan filters at home using only four to five easy available products. If you don’t want to try this out by yourself for the first time, calling a professional help is the best option for you. I hope you find the article helpful.

Thanks for reading this article. Sara’s Cleaning Service serves Buffalo NY, Amherst NY, and Erie County NY. Give us a call at 716-986-8377 or request a quote here .

How to clean the kitchen or bathroom exhaust fan filter

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