Range hoods allow an optimal usage of the stove, thanks to its abilities to catch smoke, foul odors, and grease. It’s often overlooked, but cleaning the range hood is a very important step when taking care of your kitchen.
Range hoods and their grease filters need to be cleaned every other month.
- Natural kitchen degreaser (white vinegar, baking soda paste, etc.)
- Dish-washing soap
- Beeswax (optional)
Clean the exterior
- Take out a non-abrasive sponge and a natural kitchen degreaser (e.g. white vinegar). You can use distilled vinegar or create some baking soda paste (5 parts water/1 part baking soda) for the same effect.
- Clean out the exterior of the hood with the solution.
- Thoroughly rinse with clean water.
- With a soft cloth, dry the exterior of the hood.
- If your hood is made of stainless steel, you can get some shine back with beeswax.
Clean the grease filter
Your stove hood’s greaser filter retains all the grease particles. A regular wash is important to avoid any kitchen fires.
- Remove the filter from the hood (follow the instruction manual).
- Some filters can be put in the dishwasher. If not, follow the following instructions.
- Put the filter in a water bath. Add a little bit of dishwashing soap.
- Let it soak in for a few minutes.
- With the sponge, gently clean it out to remove any grease.
- Rinse the filter with clean water.
- Dry it with a soft cloth.
- Place the filter back into the stove hood properly.
Replace the charcoal filter
If you do not have a hood with external evacuation, you will also need to replace your charcoal filter (the one keeping the odors at bay). You will need to replace it every four months.