How to clean kitchen chimney: 5 Quick ways

Anyone who has installed an electric kitchen chimney in their home knows how important it is to keep it clean, smoke-free, and odour-free.

And like any other kitchen appliance, an electric kitchen chimney too needs regular and proper cleaning so that it can maintain the same level of efficiency as it did when it was first purchased. Hence, you should make it a priority to clean kitchen chimney regularly with the proper cleaning methods.

Being a housewife, I focus more on keeping my kitchen clean. If my kitchen is looking neat and clean, then only I can concentrate properly on my cooking activities.

And to guide you on how to clean your electric kitchen chimney, I have created step-by-step methods that I personally follow to clean kitchen chimneys. So let’s get started.

Some Safety Precautions before Starting

Before you start cleaning your electric kitchen chimney, you should know about some safety cleaning tips or precautions so that the cleaning process can go smoothly without any unexpected incidents. Here are some things to keep in mind:

Safety Precautions to clean kitchen chimney
  • Wear protective gear: You should wear goggles and gloves to protect your eyes and skin from any dust or irritants when cleaning the chimney.
  • Unplug the chimney and turn off the power supply: Many times we are in a hurry to clean and forget to turn off the chimney.
    • So to avoid any accidental shock or electric shock, make sure to unplug the fireplace and switch off the power supply before starting cleaning.
  • Remove any debris or food particles from the chimney: It is important to consider. You should remove any large food particles on the chimney’s outer and inner parts.
    • So that you can wash the interior parts of the chimney properly

Step-by-step Guide to clean kitchen chimney

After following all the necessary safety precautions, you should now get ready to start the electric kitchen cleaning process. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to do it:

Step 1: Remove the filters from the chimney

  • The first step to cleaning the kitchen chimney is to remove the filters.
  • The filters are the part which is responsible for trapping grease, oil, smoke, and other food particles.
  • You can take the help of the user manual that comes inside the box to locate and remove the filters.
  • My kitchen has a chimney by Faber Brand.
  • So it has two rotating type boults that can be used to remove the filters.

Step 2: Clean the filters using detergent and warm water

remove the filters
  • After you have removed the filters now you need to clean them using cleaning materials
  • The cleaning material can be anything like detergents/shampoo/or any liquid that the company recommends.
  • Generally, detergent can be used to start the cleaning process.
  • What I do is, remove the filters and rinse the filters under warm water and then scrub them with a mild detergent using a brush or scrubber.
  • And yes, you have to pay more attention while cleaning the corners and edges of the filter because more specks of dirt accumulate at the corners only.

Step 3: Rinse the filters and let them air dry

Rinse the filters and let them air dry
  • After the scrubbing process is completed, you need to rinse them totally by dipping them into warm water to remove any remaining soap or dirt.
  • Then, let the filters dry for at least an hour. Normally I leave the filters out in the sun for a full day to sun-dry them completely.

Step 4: Wipe down the inside and outside of the chimney with a damp cloth

  • While the filters are drying, you can start cleaning the inside and outside of the chimney.
  • You can use the same cleaning materials to do so.
  • I use a damp cloth dipped in the detergent solution and clean the inside properly.
  • Here too, focus more on the corners and edges.

Step 5: Reinstall the filters and plug the chimney back in

Remove the filters from the chimney

Once the filters are dried completely and the cleaning process for the inside and outside of the chimney is completed, you should get ready to reinstall the filters and other parts that you had removed.

Tips and Tricks to clean kitchen Chimneys

Here I have provided some additional tips and tricks that will help you to clean electric kitchen chimney more easily

  • ✅Always use a long-bristled brush or scrubber to remove stubborn dirt and other burnt left-out debris.
  • ✅You should use the specialized chimney cleaning solution when cleaning the chimney for the first time.
    • Generally, good chimney brands or companies provide cleaning solutions for the chimney.
    • However, if your chimney didn’t come with any such solution, you buy any cleaning solution from the market.
    • For the subsequent cleaning process, you can use a detergent solution.
    • But if you are cleaning for the 1st or 2nd time, it is better to use the specialized solutions as they are designed in a manner that they can break down grease and other stubborn contaminants,
  • ✅If you notice that the filters are very dirty, I would recommend that you soak them for some time in a mixture of water and vinegar before scrubbing them with detergent. I am saying this because you will be able to remove the stubborn dirt smoothly without applying much force

Methods and Materials required to clean kitchen chimney

There are many different easy methods that only require some easily available materials in your home. I have listed a few of them, that I personally use to clean kitchen chimney.

  • ▶️Vinegar: Vinegar is a natural cleaning agent and I am sure, this is present in every kitchen. And also vinegar is effective at dissolving grease and other contaminants. To use vinegar, simply mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle and use it to spray the surfaces you want to clean. Allow the solution to sit for some time and then start wiping it with a damp cloth.
    • Once when cleaning my kitchen chimney filter, the dirt and grease were so strong that even vinegar failed.
    • After that, we had to use a scrub brush and more elbow grease to clean the filter.
    • But that was a rare case.
    • Most of the time, vinegar does the job perfectly for removing stubborn grease.
    • If this ever happens to you, then you can further dilute the vinegar with water.
Vinegar to clean kitchen chimney

  • ▶️Baking soda: Baking soda is another most commonly available material in any kitchen. You can mix an equal quantity of baking soda and water to form a paste and then apply the paste to the surfaces you want to clean.
    • What I personally do is simply mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with a cup of water to make a paste
    • Then apply the paste to the surface of the chimney filter and let it sit for a few minutes.
    • It begins to fizz and bubble when it reacts with grease and other contaminants.
    • Now I wait a few minutes, and then wipe the filter with a damp cloth.
Using Dishwashing Liquid

One important kitchen chimney cleaning hack: You can mix both vinegar and baking soda and the resulting paste will add more cleaning power to the entire cleaning process and will take less time than the normal process.


  • ▶️Using Dishwashing Liquid: If you don’t want to waste your eating products like vinegar or baking soda. You can go and buy dishwashing liquid of any brand and use it to clean the chimney properly.
    • In my personal opinion, you should not use dishwater liquid to clean the kitchen chimney, because sometimes it leaves a residue on the filters
    • You can follow the same procedure of creating a solution, where you need to mix a small amount of dishwashing liquid in a bucket of water and then use any cloth with a rough surface to clean.

  • ▶️Using dishwater detergent: Like dishwashing liquid, you can also use dishwater detergent for cleaning the kitchen chimney.
    • Let me explain to you how you can clean your electric kitchen chimney using detergent.
    • First of all, take out the filter of the kitchen chimney and put it in a basin.
    • Now sprinkle a tablespoon of dishwasher detergent over the surface.
    • Then, pour hot water over the filter until it is completely submerged.
    • You can let the filter soak in the mixture for about 30 minutes
    • Then use detergent powder to rub the surface and try to remove grease and other contaminants on the surface.
    • After that just take the filter out of the water and wash it with clean water.
    • And then let it dry.
    • You can use the same cloth to clean the inside and outside of the kitchen chimney

  • ▶️Using caustic soda: You can use caustic soda (also known as sodium hydroxide) which acts as a strong cleaning agent to remove tough stains and grime from the chimney. And YES, let me warn you, it can be harmful to the skin and eyes so handle it properly so that nothing goes into your eyes
    • To use caustic soda, add a small amount of the caustic soda to water and mix it
    • Now use it to scrub the surfaces you want to clean.
    • Rinse the surfaces thoroughly with water once you are finished.
    • Now let the filter dry under the sun

Precaution: I have seen many kitchen owners use paint thinner/acetone to clean their kitchen chimney. You should avoid this as paint thinners are highly flammable and can release harmful vapours when used. In addition, paint thinners are not designed to clean kitchen appliances and may damage kitchen chimney surfaces to some extent.


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How do I clean the exterior of my electric kitchen chimney?

Clean the exterior of electric kitchen chimney.

To clean the exterior of your electric kitchen chimney, you just need a soft cloth or sponge, any cleaning solution(we mentioned above), and a small ladder or step stool if your chimney is mounted high up on the wall. Here are the steps to follow

  1. First of all, make sure that your chimney is turned off before you start the cleaning process
  2. Now keep ready all your cleaning supplies including brush, towels, sponges, detergent, dish soap, solutions, vinegar, etc
  3. Dip a soft cloth or sponge into the cleaning solution and use it to gently scrub the exterior of the chimney.
  4. Rinse the exterior of the chimney with clean water to remove any soap residue.
  5. Dry the exterior of the chimney by turning on the fan or using a clean, dry cloth to remove any water spots.

Try to clean the exterior part gently to avoid unexpected damage or scratches on the surfaces. Also, try to avoid any harsh chemicals, and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations properly

Nowadays you must have heard about the auto cleaning chimney in the kitchen market. So let’s touch on that part as well.

What is an auto-cleaning chimney?

automatic-kitchen-chimney

Auto-clean chimneys are now trending features of electric chimneys in Indian kitchens. These auto-clean chimneys come with an oil collector whose function is to separate oil from smoke and fumes.

This feature helps in the effective purification of the kitchen’s air, which is most important for Indian cooking, where oil and spices are commonly used.

The benefit of using the auto-clean kitchen is you don’t need to spend hours in maintenance and cleaning.

Some electric chimneys have a complete automatic cleaning feature where the cleaning mechanism is triggered when the filter gets clogged with impurities.

And some electric chimneys have a manual button(touch-screen) to start the cleaning process when the button is pressed or touched.

🛒Here is an auto-clean chimney that you can check out if you are trying to buy one: Hindware 60cm 1200 m3/hr Auto Clean Chimney

How does an auto-clean kitchen chimney work?

In the last paragraph, I told you about the auto-clean chimney and how it uses the oil collector to function properly. Now let’s understand further how an auto-clean chimney works.

how auto clean chimney works
  • Auto-clean chimneys are provided with a centrifugal blower with a non-stick coating made of aluminium.
  • It uses centrifugal forces to separate oil droplets from the smoke and fumes during cooking.
  • The fumes pass through the blower, the centrifugal force pushes the oil droplets towards the wall of the blower.
  • The detachable oil collector bowl is present at the back of the filter where oil droplets are collected.
  • You need to remove it and wash it at regular intervals. You can clean it once in 2 months
  • The blower is designed with a non-stick coating to prevent the sticking of the oil droplets.
  • This is done to make the cleaning process easier.

Are auto-clean chimneys effective?

Yes, an Auto-Clean chimney is very effective because they reduce the overall maintenance and manual work that is required during the cleaning process.

Conclusion

Now let’s wrap it up. Cleaning an electric kitchen chimney is a very important and tedious task. I take the help of my family members to clean the chimney faster and in proper order. But point is that I want you to follow all my steps carefully and make your kitchen chimney look “Chaka Chak!” and enjoy your cooking journey

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

How often should you clean the electric kitchen chimney?

You should clean the electric kitchen chimney once a month or every 3 months. But it will depend on how frequently you use it and how much time you spend time on cooking. If you use the chimney more frequently or if you cook heavy, greasy foods, you can clean it monthly.

Why Is It Necessary to Clean Kitchen Chimneys in a Timely Manner?

You should clean the kitchen chimney in a regular manner because regular cleaning ensures that the electric chimney is functioning properly and effectively. If you ignore this, then it can clogged with grease, grime, and other contaminants which can further lead to poor ventilation in your kitchen. Moreover, any gadgets need to be cleaned regularly, it could be the kitchen chimney, gas cooker, exhaust fan or water purifier, every gadget needs regular cleaning.

Is vinegar harmful to clean an electric kitchen chimney?

No, I don’t think it is harmful. But it is important to use it carefully. It is because vinegar is a strongly acidic solution and can be harmful to particular materials. You can dilute it by adding water to the vinegar. And also many people don’t like the smell of vinegar because of its strong, pungent smell.

Can I use a pressure washer to clean my electric kitchen chimney?

Yes, you can use a pressure washer and they are effective at removing dirt and grime from hard surfaces but they can damage some materials like plastic if you use them with too much force. And generally, the interior of any electric kitchen chimney is made of metal or other delicate materials and they can cause damage if you use a pressure washer on these surfaces.

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Hi, my name is Reena Sahu and I am a housewife with 26 years of experience. I have always had a keen interest in cooking and love experimenting with new recipes and foods. As a mother of two, I understand the importance of healthy and delicious meals for the whole family. In addition to my passion for cooking, I have also developed an interest in writing and have completed several online courses on food and nutrition. My two sons have helped me to start this blog. Through my kitchen blog, I hope to share my knowledge and experience with others who share my love for all things culinaryConnect with Us :LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook

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