How to Clean a Kitchen Chimney at Home

A kitchen chimney is an appliance used to absorb the residues in the kitchen. Hence, maintaining it properly is essential for its optimal performance. The major challenge of cleaning it is the oil residues, which leaves the chimney greasy if left uncleaned. Cleaning them with professionals is also costly. The better way is to clean the chimney at home ourselves.

Let us discuss the methods in which the kitchen chimney can be cleaned effortlessly.

Kitchen Chimney

Dishwashing liquid

Materials needed :Dishwashing liquid or soap, scrubber and a ¾ th tub of boiling water


  • Remove the filter carefully from the kitchen chimney.
  • Now, pour the dishwashing liquid/soap into the tub of boiling water and mix well.
  • Immerse the filter deep into the water so that it is completely soaked in water.
  • Leave this set up for about 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the grease on the filter.
  • Then, remove the filter from the water and scrub it well with the help of a scrubber to remove the residues sticking on the filter.
  • Rinse the filter in cold water and dry well. Later, place it back into the chimney.


 This method is inexpensive and easy. But it requires a bit of work while scrubbing.

Caustic soda

Material needed :Caustic soda, ¾ th of boiling water, tub, hand gloves


  • Take out filters from the chimney carefully and place it inside the tub.
  • Now wear gloves on your hands.
  • Sprinkle caustic soda onto the filter inside the tub.
  • Pour boiling water into the tub very cautiously as caustic soda might produce fumes.
  • After 2 to 3 hours, remove the filter from the tub wearing the hand gloves.
  • Scrub the filter with scrubber if required, and clean it with water.
  • After drying, replace the filter into the chimney.


  • Effortless. It is risky due to caustic soda and time consuming too.
  • Baking soda, vinegar, and salt
  • Materials needed: Baking soda, salt, vinegar, brush, a tub of boiling water


  • Remove the filters from the chimney
  • Put 4 tablespoons of salt and baking soda, also 3 cups of vinegar.
  • Pour boiling water into it.
  • Now soak the filter in this tub for about 1 hour.
  • Remove the filter and scrub with the brush and after drying the place into the chimney.


 Time-consuming and scrubbing requires effort.

Paint thinner

Materials needed: Paint thinner, scrubber, water


  • Detach the filter from the chimney.
  • Apply paint thinner over the filters.
  • Scrub it well using the scrubber.
  • Now clean it with water.
  • If it is still greasy, repeat the process and replace the filters back into the chimney.


 Costly and requires a lot of efforts

Hot water

Materials needed: ¾ th tub of boiling water, scrubber


  • Take off the filters from the chimney.
  • Place the filter into the tub of boiling water carefully.
  • Leave it for about one hour.
  • Now scrub the residues using a scrubber and clean using water
  • Dry the filter and place it in the chimney.


 Needs hard work and time consuming


 From the above methods, the best method depends upon our affordability and time. It   depends completely on our requirements.