How to clean the hood from grease and soot: folk methods

Yulia PoteriankoLife
The hood needs careful and thorough cleaning

A kitchen hood takes on all the dirt, grease, and splashes so that cleaning is as hassle-free as possible. That's why it not only needs but deserves careful maintenance. This can be difficult because everything that was supposed to be spread around the stove settles in a small area and dries out over time. In fact, there are several answers to the question of how to clean a hood from grease and soot easily.

OBOZREVATEL tells you about the main life hacks. Perhaps the easiest way to deal with the hood will be for those who keep it clean on a regular basis. If your appliance needs a really thorough cleaning, stock up on household gloves, brushes, sponges, and try making a homemade cleaner.

What to do with soot

Soot is probably the easiest task when cleaning a range hood. It is quite easy to remove with a solution of laundry soap or dishwashing detergent. You can also wipe it off with baking soda.

How to clean the external parts

Grease stains on the outer parts of the hood are best removed with acidic solutions. This can be vinegar, a solution of citric acid or lemon juice. Apply the liquid to the stained area, wait a few minutes, and rinse with water. Repeat if necessary. If the stains are very stubborn, you will need to use a special factory liquid or foam.

How to clean the inside of the hood

Most dirt sticks to the hood filters. Therefore, they need to be removed and washed from time to time. Place all the removed parts in a bowl deep enough to hold them and cover them with a solution of laundry soap, dishwashing detergent, or vinegar diluted in equal parts with water. The heavier the dirt, the longer you'll need to soak them. In difficult cases, it can even take several hours. While the filters are "taking a bath," wipe the inside of the hood with any grease-dissolving agent such as acid, dishwashing gel, or soda. Afterwards, remove the soaked grease from the filters with a sponge, rinse them and replace them. When cleaning the hood from the inside, cover the hob with something to avoid cleaning it as well.

How to clean the hood motor from grease

As a rule, the motor and fan of a range hood can be easily removed for cleaning. Do not forget to unplug the appliance from the outlet first. These parts cannot be soaked under the tap, so you will have to use a damp sponge. Wipe the tool with it, then treat it with detergent and leave it on for about an hour. Then clean and wipe all the parts with water, using a sponge as well.

How to deal with the hood grid

This is the most delicate part of the appliance, so it requires some care when cleaning. Remove the grid and place it in a baking sheet filled with detergent solution to soak. When the dirt softens, remove it with a delicate tool: the hard side of a sponge or a toothbrush. Metal scrapers are not suitable.

If the hood still works bad

It may happen that cleaning the range hood does not help. This may mean that the problem is not with the appliance itself but with the clogged ventilation duct to which it is connected. You will not be able to solve this problem on your own. Such work is done by professionals.

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