How to Clean a Range Hood
Time Required: Under 2 hours
A range hood helps draw smoke and cooking fumes up and out of the house. Many of them also offer integrated lights that illuminate your cooking surface so you can see every ingredient clearly. As you cook, range hoods get dusty and experience a build-up of grease and dirt. Read on to learn how to clean a range hood, and make cleaning the range hood a reuglar part of your kitchen routine.
- Start by wiping down the outside.
- If you don’t have a cleaning spray, one of the best degreasers for a range hood is hot water and dish soap, which are likely items you already have on hand.
Now that you’ve tackled the outside of the hood, it’s time to move onto that greasy underside. This area is going to take a little more scrubbing.
- Choose a cleaning brush designed to scrub without scratching delicate surfaces.
- Use the same cleaning solution to work at any grease and stains under your hood.
- If you notice tough stains do not come off, try mixing warm water and baking soda to make a thin paste.
- Work it into the stains and wipe away grease with a dry towel.
- Continue scrubbing as needed.
Every range hood features a stove hood filter. If the filter is not clean, the range hood won’t work properly. Most filters are secured to the range hood with a metal loop. Move that loop to the side, and the filter will pull out from the range hood.
Tip: This is likely the dirtiest part of the whole process, so wearing cleaning gloves is advised.
- Fill your sink basin with hot water, dish soap and baking soda.
- Soak the filter in the cleaning solution for 15 to 20-minutes.
- Use the same cleaning brush to start scrubbing away the now-loosened grease and grime.
- Continue scrubbing until the range hood grease filter is clean.
- Lay it out to dry.
- Once dry, it can be clipped back into place, and you can resume your cooking routine.
While you are taking the time to clean the range hood, make sure to check the ductwork or vent that exits the house. Over the years, it is possible for grease and grime to build up in this vent, which can compromise the quality of your range hood. In severe cases, this can also start a fire.
If you notice a build-up of grease during your cleaning process, it is recommended that you call in a professional, as they know how to clean range hood ducts properly.