How To Clean: Your greasy stove hood filter

This week I will embark on all things cleaning. Standard household items that need cleaning but are often ignored or pushed to the back burner, maybe even literally.

I will start with that greasy, sticky, smelly stove hood filter.  Here is mine:

To be perfectly honest, I tried to clean it once since we have owned this house. I used soap and scrubbed and scrubbed and it did nothing. So I have been ignoring it. 
Lots of brown grease.
The grease is packed in all the nooks and crannies.
I found this cleaning recipe here and figured it was worth a shot.
In a large pot, half way filled with water, bring water to a boil. Slowly add 1/2 cup of baking soda into boiling water. You want to add the baking soda slowly as it will fizz. Once all baking soda has been added. Submerge the filter in the water. I let each side soak for about 10 minutes. I had to keep my burner at Medium heat, anything higher and the bubbles from the fizzing baking soda started to bubble higher than the sides of the pot. Really watch the temperature and the bubbles.
Here is my filter, soaking in the baking soda tub.
Once both side had a turn, the bubbles and water were left a thick brown color and it smiled terrible.
Here is the squeaky clean filter. It looks 10 times better than it did. It also doesn’t feel sticky anymore. 
All the grease melted off in the boiling water.

I would call this attempt a complete success and absolutely suggest trying it yourself!

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