Hand Cleaning Cooker Hood Filter

Not cleaning your appliance filters is costing you money!

When was the last time you checked your appliance filters? Weeks, months, years? (Erm, maybe never?) We’re not here to judge just to tell you that checking your filters, could protect your appliance and save you money too!

Forgetting to clean the filters on your appliances will mean they have to use more energy to keep working. And as we all know too well, more energy means more money! So, here we have put together a complete guide on checking, cleaning or replacing your filters to keeping your appliances working to their best and your household bills down.

Cooker Hood

If you haven’t checked your cooker hood filter in a while then we’re afraid it’s not going to be pretty! The good news is it’s super easy to clean! Over time your cooker hood filter can become blocked with grease and dirt making it lose its effectiveness.

For metal filters, a de-greasing spray and hot water will usually do the trick. Or you can pop them in your dishwasher. Mesh filters should be ideally be cleaned at least once a month.

If you’ve got replaceable fabric filters, they should be replaced when they have reached saturation. To help you, you can get replacement filters with saturation indicators. For more information, check out our video on how to give your cooker hood an MOT.

Some types of cooker hoods have carbon filters to remove smells in addition to grease filters. These will need replacing every 3-4 months to keep them working.


A dirty dishwasher filter means dirty dishes! The filter prevents bits of food from recirculating onto plates, pans and silverware after the water and detergent have washed them away. If the filter is clogged, your dishwasher will have to work harder to get the dishes clean, using more energy and most of the time, not being successful. Check your filter on a regular basis and give it a clean once a month. Regularly using a dishwasher descaler can prevent food build up in your filter too.

If your filter is clean but the dishes are coming out dirty, it may be time to replace the filter. Here’s a super easy to follow video to help you.

Washing Machine

Your washing machine filter helps keeps your washer working by collecting all the bits that fall out of your pockets and stopping them from getting to the pump. If however, the filter becomes blocked with coins, buttons, fluff, hair grips and other items, it can stop the machine draining properly. Regularly check your washing machine filter and give it a good clean.

If your washer isn’t draining or has developed a fault, this could be because the filter has become clogged and your pump has stopped working. Here is a video to help you replace your filter and pump if required.

Tumble Dryer

Lint and fibres released from your clothes get caught by your tumble dryer filter. This can build up very quickly making your dryer a lot less efficient and becoming a potential fire hazard. Check the filter after every use and remove the lint with your hands or a cloth. If it’s very dirty, give it a rinse with some warm water and leave it to fully dry before replacing. Be sure to remove any leftover lint too as this can make its way into your machine.

Over time, the filter can get worn and start to tear or become damaged. Replacing your tumble dryer filter is extremely easy to do. Here’s how:

eSpares tip: You don’t need to bin your tumble dryer lint. Instead, why not try these handy ways to reuse it around the house!

Vacuum Cleaner

Clean vacuums mean clean homes! Filters in your vacuums are there to keep dust and dirt inside. If they get clogged up, the vacuum will just spread the dirt around your floors which is pretty counterproductive! Most vacuums have one or more filters that need to be cleaned or replaced on a regular basis.

If your vacuum has a squishy foam filter, those can usually be washed by hand and reused again. Just make sure they are completely dry before replacing. Many modern vacuums have a cartridge-style HEPA filter which needs to be replaced twice a year. Check your owner manual to find out more about your filter.

If you need to replace your vacuum filter, we’ve got some great videos for specific models on our Advice Centre to help you. Here’s one for changing the filter on a Dyson DC33.

For any other helpful advice on cleaning and maintaining your appliances, head over to our Advice Centre where we have over 700 articles and videos to help you.

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