Extractor Fan Cleaning Tricks

In most kitchens, the most neglected appliance when it comes to cleaning is usually the extractor fan. That is maybe because we tend to be more focused on the oven or maybe we assume that if the food we are cooking has no direct contact with the fan we do not really need to clean it. Adopting this way of thinking, however, will greatly reduce the lifespan of this particular domestic appliance of yours and it will also prevent it from working properly. Kitchen extractor fans need to be sanitised on a regular basis.

How often do you need to clean your extractor fan?

If you don’t want to spend hours washing and scrubbing your fan, wipe it every time you finish using it. Hopefully, you already stick to that routine with your oven. If you don’t, it will be best if you try and change your ways. Otherwise, sanitising the extractor fan (and your cooker) will be a more challenging and time-consuming task that it has to be.

Tools and supplies you will need

Arm yourself with the right products and tools to make the cleaning process easier and more effective. Depending on the condition of your home appliance and the way in which you have maintained it, you may not need to use all of the following items:

  • A toothbrush
  • A sponge
  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar

Safety first

No matter whether you are planning to give your fan a thorough wash or to just wipe it quickly after you have finished prepping the dinner, you must unplug it and wait for it to cool down. You don’t want to risk burning yourself or getting electrocuted, right?

Check the hood of your extractor fan

Start the cleaning process from the hood of the extractor fan. See if it is a removable one or not. If it can be removed, carefully take it off and use a solution of warm water and dish soap to wash it thoroughly. If it cannot be removed, use that same cleaning solution but be very careful when you wash it to avoid damaging the other parts of the fan or spilling all the dirt, grime and grease over your oven. If the appliance has not been cleaned in a long time, you can include some white vinegar to your cleaning solution. To ensure that all nooks and crannies are properly sanitised, you can also use a toothbrush to reach them. After you wash the cover of the extractor fan, rinse it well with water and dry it fully with a towel.

Here we should also mention that you need to be extra careful when you are washing the fan blades. Do not use excessive amounts of water to clean them and always dry them completely before you plug in the appliance.


Not all kitchen extractor fans have filters but if yours does, you may need to wash them or replace them. We say “may” because some types of fan filters such as those made from carbon or paper may not be washable. If they are, remove them and sanitise them using the cleaning solution from dish soap and water.

Rely on a comprehensive oven cleaning service

If you choose to leave all the cleaning to someone else and hire a professional to take care of that task, search for a company that can provide you with an all-round oven cleaning service in London that covers the sanitisation of the extractor fan.