Greasy Kitchen Hood? It's Time to Clean That

Your kitchen hood, or range hood, is mounted over your stove. Its sole purpose is to suck up smoke and grease while you cook. Over time, the kitchen hood may collect so much grease that it loses its effectiveness.

So, when’s the last time you cleaned your kitchen hood? Sure, you may wipe down the outside of the hood on a regular basis, but have you checked under the kitchen hood or looked at the state of your exhaust fan filters? If it’s been a while since you checked, or you never even thought to look, then some serious kitchen hood cleaning is in your future.

Thankfully, kitchen hood cleaning isn’t a hard task. As appliance experts, we wanted to share simple instructions to help you clean your kitchen hood and exhaust fan filters.

Gather These Supplies

  • Hot water (close to boiling)
  • A bucket (not needed if you’d rather use a sink)
  • Degreasing dish soap
  • Baking soda
  • Non-abrasive scrub brush
  • Paper towels or dish cloth
  • Spray-on degreaser

Clean the Filter

1. Remove the filters: Most filters should easily slide or pop out of the underside of the hood. Sometimes there’s a small latch that you may have to undo.

2. Fill a sink or bucket with hot water: The hotter the water, the more effective it will be. For best results, boil water in a pot or tea kettle. If that’s not an option, then use the hottest water possible that comes from your tap. 

3. Mix baking soda and dish soap: Squirt a good amount of dish soap into the sink or bucket along with a half cup of baking soda. Use a large spoon or brush to agitate the water and get it nice and sudsy. But be careful because the water will be very hot.

4. Put filters in water: Submerge your greasy exhaust fan filters into the water. Make sure they’re completely covered.

5. Let them soak: Allow the filters to soak for at least ten minutes, but there’s no harm in letting them sit longer. (This might be a good time to clean the underside of the kitchen hood. See those instructions below.)

6. Scrub the filters: Use a non-abrasive scrub brush to go to work on the filters. The grease should come off rather easily. Add more dish soap to your brush if required while you scrub.

7. Rinse and dry: Rinse the filters thoroughly in hot water and dry with a paper towel or clean cloth.

8. Replace the filters: Put the filters back into the hood. Cleaning the filters once a month is a good maintenance strategy.

Caution: While it may be tempting, resist washing the filters in the dishwasher. All of that caked on grease can get released into the dishwasher and clog up the works. Plus, the filter’s metal housing can bang around and leave marks on dishes.

Clean the Underside of the Hood

To clean the nastier underside of the hood, we recommend getting a commercial spray-on degreaser. Apply the degreaser according to the label instructions, let it sit and then wipe it off. You’ll be surprised how well it works.

If you prefer more natural degreasing solution, you can make a paste out of baking soda and warm water. Apply the paste and let it sit overnight. In the morning, wipe away the baking soda and all that caked on grease will come with it.

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