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Can Mesh Filters Be Cleaned in The Dishwasher? (Answered)

In this article, you will learn what a mesh filter is, how to identify one, and how to best clean your filters, so your range hood can perform at its best.

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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 are dishwasher-friendly. So, can mesh filters be cleaned in the dishwasher?

In this article, you will learn what a mesh filter is, how to identify if you have one, and how to best clean it so your range hood can perform at its best.

Man loading dishwasher with white plates.
Man loading dishwasher with white plates.

Yes. You can clean mesh filters in the dishwasher. Range hood filters are made from stainless steel or aluminum, which are dishwasher-friendly. However, your dishwasher might not get all the gunk out of your filters. Therefore, we recommend soaking your filters in soapy water to remove grease.

What are mesh filters?

Kitchen range hood filters help remove grease and other contaminants from the air in your kitchen. In addition, 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, 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.

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Can I clean my mesh filters in the dishwasher?

The short answer is yes. 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.

Want more cleaning tips? Watch this video called ‘How to Clean Range Hood Filters in 5 Minutes with Baking Soda‘ from the Punjabi Aussie Traveller YouTube channel.

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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Do you still have questions? Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about range hood filters.

Can mesh filters be washed in the dishwasher?

Choose stainless steel filters if you have the option. They are far more robust. Mesh filters filter your kitchen air better than charcoal filters but not as well as baffle filters. However, mesh filters, like baffle filters, are dishwasher-safe.

How frequently should you clean the range hood filter?

At the very least, your range hood filter should be thoroughly cleaned yearly. However, how frequently you need to clean your filter is determined by how much cooking you do. If you cook daily, your filter should be cleaned far more frequently than if you only cook occasionally.

How do I use vinegar to clean a range hood filter?

White vinegar is another excellent solution for removing grease and grime from your range hood filter. Combine two cups of white vinegar with a little detergent and soak the filter for 30 minutes. Before drying, scrub away any remaining grease.

Conclusion

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.

This article covered what mesh filters are, how to identify if you have them, and how to wash them properly. Here are some key takeaways:

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 get the grease out fully.
  • Using hot water to clean a water filter is the most efficient way of removing grease and bacteria.

So, do you feel confident that you know how to clean your mesh vent filters properly? Let us know in the comments section below (I read and reply to every comment). If you found this article helpful, check out my full blog for more tips and tricks for your kitchen. Thanks for reading, and stay safe.

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Author avatar - Roger Harris
Written By Roger Harris
Hey there! My name is Roger, and I've been selling range hoods for over six years. I now run this blog all about range hoods and kitchen ventilation! If you're looking for a new range hood for your kitchen, this is the place for you.

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