How to Get Rid of the Oily Dust on your Kitchen Aspirator


Being an active cook, I know better than everyone just how troublesome can oily dust get! Not only is this substance difficult to treat with conventional detergents, but if you leave it on for too long you might be walking into a real fire hazard. Grease build-up, when mixed with dust, makes for one volatile combination; so much so that big commercial restaurants are actually mandated to clean their ventilation systems at least once every year. Don’t worry; for even if you use your stove all day- every day, you still wouldn’t have enough grease to spark a fire. Even so, the practice of cleaning the kitchen aspirator at least once a year (the bear minimum) is indeed a good one, even if no law demands it. Here are some methods that work.


White Vinegar And Baking Soda

Where would we be without our heroes among detergents: white vinegar and baking soda? Just mix 1 cup of white vinegar with about 1 cup of warm water, stir and add ½ cup of baking soda. The whole thing is going to sizzle for a while, but don’t worry about it – everything happens for a reason. The fact that it makes that noise shows the amazing cleaning properties of these common household solutions. Place the mixture in a plastic spray bottle and apply generously through the inner part of your aspirator. Rinse with hot, soapy water and repeat the process if necessary.

Lemon Juice and Salt

Cleaning grease is easy? Yes, indeed it is! Lemon juice, besides being quite healthy, is a wonderful cleaning agent; being slightly more acidic than distilled vinegar, it boasts amazing grease removing properties that are sure to make cleaning your aspirator, seem like a walk in the park. Freshly squeezed lemon juice is always a better choice, but if you don’t have any you can buy juice from concentrate. Dilute the lemon juice in water and fill your trusty spray bottle. Spray your aspirator good and leave it wet for about an hour. All that is left is to rinse with hot soapy water and let dry.

Hot-Water Pressure Washing

This method is employed by professional kitchen exhaust cleaners and special care should be taken when operating the pressure washer. With pressures as high as 2000 PSI, a pressure washer is just what you need to make your cleaning experience seem easy, lax and fun. All you need is to rent this device from your local hardware store. Don’t worry about finding the proper detergent – this machine uses boiling hot water and nothing else. Just make sure that you are wearing your protective gear; goggles, gloves, face protection, arm protection etc. You never know what kind of hazard you can be walking into. Of course, if you are not feeling comfortable working with such a machine, there is still one last option.

Caustic Degreasers

Last but not least we are going to look at the “old-fashioned” way of cleaning grease – using dangerous corrosive chemicals, like people did in the 50s. Not that there is anything wrong with that, just as long people wear their protective gear, that is. Most commercial degreasers can cause 1st degree burns on the human body, so special care must be taken.


Author Bio: Jack Sheamus loves to write for cleaning and home improvement. He currently works a part time job for Shiny Ltd and has a lot of free time to write for his readers.