The stove hood is a welcome addition to any kitchen for removing grease, smoke, cooking smells as well as steam. There are two ways in which a stove hood does this. One is sucking all the smells, smoke and steam to a vent outside through a duct. If your stove hood is not attached to a duct, the smoke, smells and grease are caught and held by a charcoal filter. Either way, the stove hood gets grimy and greasy.
In a busy household, a stove hood is one of those kitchen appliances that miss general and daily cleaning. Grease, smoke and steam can build up quickly and will stick to the surface of the hood. It is important to clean the stove hood regularly to avoid clogging the filter, the light and its exhaust fan and get the stove hood to function like new all the time. Below are some tips on how to clean and de-grease a stove hood.
- Generally, you should wipe the outside of the stove hood with a soft cloth dipped in warm water and dishwashing soap. Wring out most of the water before you wipe the stove hood.
- Mix one part ammonia and one part warm water with a few drops of dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle and use this as a degreaser. Disconnect the stove hood from the electrical outlet before you clean it. Spray the degreaser onto a damp cloth and use it to wipe and inside and outside of the stove hood to remove grime build up. Never spray degreaser directly into the hood as you may accidentally spray it on parts that should not get wet. If you do not like the smell of ammonia, as it can be pretty strong especially when used in confined areas, you can mix one cup vinegar, ½ cup baking soda and hot water, enough to fill a spray bottle and use this as your degreaser.
- For stubborn grime, make a thick paste of baking soda and water. Wet a cloth in hot, soapy water and dip it in the baking soda paste and use this to scrub out the grime. Scrub the grime in a circular motion. Wipe off the grime that is removed. Rinse the cloth in hot, soapy water and repeat the process until all traces of grime build up is gone. Rinse the cloth and wash the stove hood with hot, soapy water to remove the traces of baking soda paste. You can use the degreaser again as needed.
- Wipe the fan blades and the light bulb with a cloth damp with soap and water. Remove all traces of grime from the fan blades to keep it running smoothly.
- For a stove hood connected to a duct, remove the metal filter covering the fan and the duct and soak it in a half-and-half solution of ammonia and water for a few hours until the grime softens and comes away. You can also soak the metal filter in water and a dryer sheet overnight to remove the grease. If the metal filter is covered with a thick layer of grease, put it in a baking pan lined with a thick layer of newspaper. Place in the oven set at a low temperature between one hundred fifty to two hundred degrees for about two hours until the grease has melted. Use your degreaser or baking soda paste to remove all traces of grease. Rinse and dry it well before placing it back in the stove hood.
- Remove the charcoal filter and replace it as needed. Generally, you have to replace the charcoal filter every year or when it has lost its effectiveness.
Make it a habit to clean the stove hood after you have finished cooking. This will keep your stove hood well maintained and functioning better. It will also eliminate grease build up and therefore eliminate also the need to do any heavy cleaning. Wipe the tiles and wall surrounding your stove and stove hood, too.