Cleaning the kitchen is a time-consuming task, mostly when you are dealing with your kitchen chimney and microwave oven. In our Indian kitchens most of the food is made with lots of oil and spices. The smoke and steam produced from cooking makes the chimney filters and stove area greasy and sticky. The chimney should be cleaned twice or at least once in a month, this will make the chimney more effective and also looks good. In fact, you can use our kitchen chimney selector to know right kitchen chimney suitable according to your kitchen needs without reading buying guide.
Nowadays, different models of chimneys are available. Most Indian kitchens have the mesh or baffle filter type chimneys because this type of chimneys are best suitable for indian kitchens. Other types of chimneys like Charcoal filters cannot be cleaned as these are replaced for every six months.
For cleaning the chimney filters, first of all remove the filters from the hood. Mesh filters are aluminum thread made sheets. You can clean your filters in many different ways. Using chemicals, harsh soap or detergents will discolor the aluminum material. It’s better to clean in a natural way. I feel baffle filters are more easy to clean than the mesh filters. Here we will discuss the all possible natural ways.
Firstly apply some dishwashing liquid (ex: Vim Lemon Dishwash Gel) to the filters. Take hot boiling water into a bucket or tub anything in which can immerse your filters and clean it. Be sure that the filters are completely immersed in the water. Now leave it for 1 to 2 hours. If you have a steel container in which you can immerse the filters then better to boil it for half an hour. Boiling will effectivly, fastly removes grease than immerse in hot water. After removing it from water scrub it with non-abrasive scrubber like 'Scotch-Brite Non Scratch Sponge'
This method requires baking soda, salt and vinegar. Take the filters into the tub and add hot boiling water, 2-3 tablespoon of baking soda, 2-3 tablespoon of salt and 2 cups of vinegar to it. Let it soak for 1 to 2 hours. For more better results instead of soaking it into hot water, boil it along with all the above mentioned ingredients.
Paint thinner is also a good choice to clean the oily and greasy materials. If you don’t have paint thinner you can use nail polish remover too. This is a quick option to clean your chimney filters as they don’t need too much time. Just soak a small piece of cloth in the thinner and scrub it on the filters. After cleaning the filters completely, wash it with water and dry it in sunlight.
Now coming to, how to clean the chimney filters using caustic soda. Similar to the above methods take a tray or tub. Sprinkle the caustic soda on the filters and now pour the hot boiling water in the tray and maintain distance with the tray the fumes released from the composite may harm. Rest it for 2-3 hours. Make sure you wear your hand gloves while removing the filters from the tray. Wash the filters with clean water, let it dry and replace it in the chimney hood.
Caustic soda is a good cleaning agent but using it without proper precautions may be harmful. Caustic soda also known Sodium hydroxide (NaOH). You need to be careful while using caustic soda. Do not touch caustic soda with your bare hands it can cause a chemical burn, wear hand gloves while using it. We recommend using this technique if your filters are too greasy or if you are not satisfied with the result of above discussed methods. You can watch below video for cleaning your filters using caustic soda.