How to clean a kitchen chimney

Why is cleaning important?

Cleaning the chimney is little difficult and time-consuming. Especially an Indian kitchen requires more cleaning as because we Indians use a lot of oil, masalas, spices etc. Thus, a large quantity of smoke emitted gets stuck in the filters. This kills the efficiency of the chimney. The user might have to face different consequences if the filters are not cleaned from time to time. It is possible that the tarnished grease oil formed in the chimney may fall as droplets on the open flame, leading to the fire. It is also possible that the droplets might fall into the food which you are cooking, leading to contamination.

How hard is it to clean?

To start up with, it is easy to clean the kitchen chimney effortlessly with just a few kitchen products. You don’t need to book an expensive cleaning service. All it takes is a bit of effort and few products to shine up the chimney. There are a few products which play a pivotal role in cleaning the chimney. Let us check out the list below.

  1. Dishwashing liquid

The dishwashing liquids can easily remove stains from the chimney filters. Firstly, remove the filters and place it on a floor. Then apply some dishwashing liquid over the filters with the help of a sponge. Now place the filters in hot bucket water and leave it for 2-3 hours. After that, take out the filters and scrub it with a scrubber. In the end, wash it with plain water and let it dry completely.

  1. Vinegar

This might sound bit confusion for many people. But frankly speaking, the vinegar present in your kitchen shelf is also used for cleaning the chimney and making it germ-free. You simply need to add 1-2 cups of vinegar in hot boiling water and mix well (small tub). Now, dip the chimney filters into it and leave it for an hour or two. Take out the filters; use a non-abrasive scrubber for scrubbing it. Next, you can wash it with plain water or wipe it with a white cloth before letting it dry.

Baking soda

You can make a thick paste of baking soda by adding some water. Two tablespoons of baking soda with water shall be perfect for cleaning. You simply need to apply the paste all over the surface and wait for 5 to 10 minutes. Then gently clean the filters using a wet cloth.

Paint thinner/ nail polish

You need to soak the paint thinner in a piece of cloth and rub it on the chimney. This process is one of the easiest one. It will give amazing results. If you don’t have paint thinner, then you can go for a nail polish following the same procedure. The change you need to do here is use the cloth immersed in nail polish remover for cleaning.

Caustic soda or not

Many people might have the query whether they can use caustic soda for the cleaning process. Well, the answer is yes. Caustic soda can be used for cleaning but it is not mentioned in our list as because caustic soda with bare hands can cause chemical burns. So, it is better to avoid it as because a busy chef might be in a hurry forgetting to wear gloves while using caustic soda.


So these were some of the tips as to how you can clean the chimney. You might have noticed that the process for all is almost the same. It is basically putting the filters in a mixed solution, followed by scrubbing and drying process. Now, it is completely upon your choice as to which method you find convenient for the cleaning process. So which process are you going for? Do write down in the comments section below.