Your kitchen range hood keeps your air cleaner, so it is important to know how to clean a range hood to keep it running smoothly. As your range hood sucks up smoke, heat, cooking odors, and grease from the air, it tends to get sticky and grimy. How do you remove the gunk and grime? Follow these steps to clean your vent hood's components so it can operate at peak efficiency.
Cleaning Materials Needed to Clean a Greasy Range Hood
You don't need anything fancy to clean your range hood. Hot water and degreasing dish soap work well for getting the grease off. Baking soda made into a paste with water helps remove stubborn, sticky stains. You will want a cleaning rag and a scrubbing brush, as well.
Clean the Exterior of the Range Hood
Wipe down the exterior of your hood with a rag and soapy water. Scrub with the scrubbing brush as needed. If you need to get an extra sticky spot off, mix a little baking soda with water until you have a paste that is the consistency of peanut butter. Spread it on the sticky spot and let it sit for about five minutes. Then, scrub it with a scrubbing brush. Wipe clean with a rag. Repeat as necessary.
Clean the Interior of the Range Hood
The interior of the hood will probably be even more greasy and sticky than the outside. It is harder to reach inside and there could be sharp edges to watch out for. You can use the same method of cleaning as the exterior, but expect it to take a little more time.
Clean the Range Hood Filter
A clean range hood filter is important because it collects the grease and pollutants from the air. When it fills up with dirt and grime, your range hood will not work as effectively.
Some range hood filters are dishwasher safe. Putting it in the dishwasher is an easy way to clean it. All you do is remove the filter from the range hood and rest it in the dishwasher. It can go through the cycle with the rest of your dirty dishes. It will probably fit best in the bottom rack situated just like a dinner plate.
If your range hood filter is not dishwasher safe, then you can wash it by hand. Fill a wash tub with hot, soapy water. Let the filter soak in the water for 15 minutes. Use a scrubbing brush to scrub the dirt and grime off the filter. Rinse and lay it out on a towel to dry. When it is dry, you can put it back into your range hood.
How Often Should You Clean Your Vent Hood?
If you do a lot of cooking, you will probably want to clean your vent hood once a month. It is easier to keep clean if you make a habit of wiping it down once in awhile. Some vent hoods are made of special materials, like copper or brass. Follow the manufacturer's cleaning instructions for those so you don't scratch or stain the surfaces.
Why does my range hood smell?
The purpose of the range hood is to remove cooking by-products from the air as you cook. Most of the pollutants get vented out into the outside air, but some will stay in your range hood filter. If you don't clean the filter, those bits of grease and grime start to smell bad. Clean the filter and the rest of the range hood regularly to eliminate bad smells.
What happens if my range hood is too low?
If the range hood is too close to your stovetop, it could become damaged from intense heat. Range hoods should be 28-36 inches away from the stovetop for optimal venting.