Clean Your Range Hood

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.

You’ll need

  • Natural kitchen degreaser (white vinegar, baking soda paste, etc.)
  • Sponge
  • Cloth
  • Dish-washing soap
  • Beeswax (optional)

Clean the exterior

range hood

  • 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

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

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.

One comment

  1. It is so good to know that you should clean the grease filter by soaking it to prevent kitchen fires. My husband and I just moved into a home with a beautiful, stainless steel kitchen hood. We are looking for a kitchen hood exhaust maintenance service, so I will also clean the grease filter.

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