If you’re cleaning your kitchen, chances are you’re also cleaning your range hood. And you’re probably wondering if your range hood filters can be washed in the dishwasher. This would save you a ton of time and energy. But not all range hood filters can be washed in the dishwasher. So, can mesh filters be cleaned in the dishwasher?
Yes. You can clean mesh filters in the dishwasher. Mesh range hood filters are typically made from stainless steel or aluminum, both of which are dishwasher friendly. However, your dishwasher might not get all the gunk out of your filters. We recommend soaking your filters in soapy water to remove grease. You may then use your dishwasher to finish the job.
But there’s a lot more to it than that. So, in this article, you will learn what a mesh filter is, how to identify if you have one, and how to best clean your mesh filter, so your range hood can perform at its best.
Editor’s note: This article was updated on October 7, 2021, to include additional information regarding mesh filters.
What are mesh filters
Mesh filters are kitchen range hood filters that help remove grease and other contaminants from the air in your kitchen. They can be washed and reused when they become dirty, saving you the trouble and expense of purchasing and storing replacement filters.
How can I tell if I have mesh filters?
To identify if you have mesh filters, take a look at the face of the filters. If they have a honeycomb-like pattern, then they are mesh filters. Mesh filters also resemble a net with fine metallic strands holding it together.
Can I clean my mesh filters in the dishwasher?
The short answer is yes. Mesh range hood filters are made from stainless steel or aluminum, which are dishwasher-friendly materials. However, the dishwasher might not get all the gunk and grease out of your filters. So, we always recommend soaking your filters in soapy water to remove grease. You can then use your dishwasher to finish the job.
What is the best way to clean a mesh filter
Keeping your range hood queen is essential for optimal performance. That goes for the filters as well. Excess grease accumulates easily and can be tough to remove. Follow the steps below to clean your mesh filters properly.
1. Turn off the range hood
Make sure your range hood is turned off to avoid damaging the fan or any internal parts while removing the filters from the hood.
2. Remove the filters from the hood
Remove the filters from the range hood with care. Most filters are simple to remove and easily pop out from beneath the hood. This can easily be done by pressing into the latches of your back of filters and tilting the filters at an angle. In most cases, this will remove the filter. Make sure to have two hands on the filters to avoid them dropping onto your stovetop.
3. Fill yor sink with hot water
This is probably a good time to put your waterproof gloves on. Clog up your kitchen sink and fill the sink with hot water. Make sure you fill it with enough water to fully submerge the filter pieces.
4. Submerge the filters
Place your filters in the sink. Make sure it’s fully submerged.
5. Add your cleaning solution
- 1 cup of vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- 2 tablespoons of salt
6. Brush or scrub the filters
Use the toothbrush or non-abrasive scrub and scrub the mesh filter, removing all the excess grease you see. Even if you don’t see grease anymore, keep scrubbing as there may just be a thin layer that is hard to see. Watch out for sharp edges!
7. Run a hot cycle in the dishwasher
Place the filters in the dishwasher and run on a hot cycle. If your dishwasher has one, a pots and pans cycle is ideal.
8. Leave it in the water for an hour
Use a dry towel to pat it down and removing any water that may be visible. You should also leave it out for about an hour to make sure that it’s totally dry.
9. Pop them back in
Now just pop those filters back in the range hood, and you’re good to go.
If you want to see an example of this in action, take a look at this video on How to clean a mesh filter from Realestate.com.au.lassy Bites YouTube Channel.
We all want to save time and energy, and while you might be able to use a dishwasher to clean your mesh filters, you might want to get a little elbow grease in there too, as keeping your filters cleaned is essential for range hood optimal performance.
In this article, we covered what mesh filters are, how to identify if you have them, and how to properly wash them. Here are some key takeaways:
- Mesh filters remove airborne contaminants and grease from your kitchen.
- Mesh filters typically have a honeycomb or fine metallic mesh material on either side.
- It’s best to clean your mesh filters by hand with soapy water to fully get the grease out.
If you’d like to learn more about range hoods, check out our blog. Stay safe!