A common problem when cleaning your kitchen is that many of us clean what we can see: counter-tops, the sink, the stove-top, stains on the refrigerator, and the controls on our range hoods. But something many of us often forget about is cleaning under and inside of our range hoods. This is because we don’t usually have to look up under there unless the fan is making a strange noise or the light bulb burns out.
If it’s been a while since you’ve checked out the underside of your range hood, you might not like what you see, especially when it comes to your filter. But don’t stress about scrubbing down grease just yet. Before you tackle cleaning your range hood, we’ve got a few tips for cleaning your range hood that will hopefully save you a bit of elbow grease.
It’s understandable if the underside of you range hood looks less than pleasant, that means that it’s doing its job. Your range hood is intended to catch food and grease splatters and help to remove or dilute cooking smells, smoke, steam, and excess heat. It’s meant to get a little messy under there so it doesn’t get all over the rest of your kitchen and cabinets.
This is why it’s important to get in the habit of cleaning your range hood periodically, especially the grease filter (the metal filter). How frequently you should clean your grease filter (or filters depending on the model and size of the hood) will depend on how often you cook in your kitchen.
Ideally, you should try to clean your grease filters once a month or at the very least every 6 months. If you let them go for too long without cleaning, the built up grease will reduce the effectiveness of the hood.
Here’s an easy way to get your grease filters looking like new without all the scrubbing:
Warning: Before starting any repair or cleaning on your range hood, make sure that all power functions are shut off including the light and fan. If your hood plugs into a wall outlet, unplug the appliance completely.
What You’ll Need:
- Soft Bristled Scrub Brush (the longer the handle the better)
- 1/4 Cup of Baking Soda
- De-greasing Dish Soap (i.e. Dawn, etc.)
- Very Hot or Boiling Water
- Large bucket (optional)
1. Remove the grease filter from the range hood and set aside. On some models there may be a tab or ring to do this and on others you may have the push or pull it gently to remove. Check the owner’s manual for instructions if you are unsure.
2.Fill your sink or bucket with very hot or boiling water. If the water is not hot enough, it won’t break down the grease. There should be enough water where you will be able to completely submerge the grease filter (don’t put it in the water just yet).
3.Slowly add the baking soda and some of the dish soap to the hot water and stir with the brush until it begins to form suds.
4.Submerge the grease filter(s) and let soak for 10 minutes. You may have to add more hot water occasionally to keep it hot enough.
5. Gently scrub the grease filter with the brush to remove any stuck on grease/debris.
6. Rinse clean with hot water and dry with a cloth or paper towel and replace in the hood.
In addition to cleaning the grease filter regularly, you should also deep clean you range hood every 6-12 months depending on use. This checklist is mainly for ductless range hoods, but can also apply to some other styles (Not sure what type of hood you have? Check out this post).
1.Check for blockages around the fan inside of the hood and remove
2. Clean the fan with a lightly dampened rag and diluted de-greaser
3. For stuck on grease: make a paste with baking soda and water and scrub in circles. Wipe clean with a damp rag and dry.
4. Remove the filter assembly between the hood intake and the fan (ductless models only). Remove the charcoal filter and wash the assembly with hot soapy water. Insert new filter.
5. Wipe down and remove any dust from the rest of the range hood to reduce risk of fire.
Have a question, comment, or additional tips? Feel free to leave them below in the comments. If you found this post helpful, be sure to like and share it with a friend! If you need a new grease or charcoal filter for your range hood, or any other replacement parts for your appliance you can find those on our website here.
Written by: Sarah Walker