Washing the Hood Properly: How to Clean Grease and Soot Quickly

Every housewife sooner or later faces the fact that the hood needs to be cleaned. However, not everyone knows how to clean grease and how remove soot from the hood.

Sooner or later any housewife is faced with the need to clean her cooker hood. But cleaning grease and soot is an asterisk task, and not everyone can cope with it quickly and effortlessly.

How to Clean a Hood in 5 Minutes

The easiest and most effective way to clean your hood is to use special products designed to remove grease. If you do not have these on hand, you can use ordinary baking soda, vinegar, or a soap solution. Under no circumstances use solvent and do not try to remove grease and soot with a knife or metal sponge.

Keep in mind that you can only clean your hood quickly if you keep it clean. If you only think of your hood when it’s no longer working properly, you’ll need to supply gloves, detergents, sponges, and patience.

How to get grease out of a hood easily

The easiest and fastest way to remove grease is to use acid. Acetic acid and citric acid are most commonly found in the kitchen. Both are great for cleaning your hood. Apply the acid to the grease-contaminated surface and leave it for 20-30 minutes. If the dirt is too strong – repeat the procedure or add a special detergent to remove grease.

How to Clean a Grease Hood

You can wash soot on the hood with a solution of laundry soap. Grate some soap on a grater, add water, and leave it to dissolve. You can also remove soot with baking soda.

What to Do if Your Exhaust Can’t Pull

The hood can draw poorly for two reasons: either the exhaust ventilation ducts are clogged, or the hood is not installed correctly. The problem is that in a high-rise apartment building, it’s impossible to clean the ventilation ducts yourself. So if you notice that your hood has stopped pulling – do not rush to throw it away and buy a new one. It may make sense to call a craftsman to clean the ventilation duct.

How to Clean a Hood Inside

Remove the filters. Put them on a tray and pour detergent over them. Depending on the degree of contamination, they can stay in the detergent solution from 20 minutes to several hours. During this time, wipe the inside of the hood with a damp sponge and apply a detergent designed to remove the grease from the inside of the hood. You can also use citric acid, baking soda, or vinegar to clean the inside of the hood.

How to Clean a Hood Motor from Grease

Unplug the hood. Remove the filter. Unscrew the fasteners on the motor unit. Now you can remove the fan with the electric motor. Wipe the impeller with a damp sponge, apply detergent, and leave it for an hour, then wipe any soiled areas with a damp sponge.

How to Clean an Exhaust Hood Over a Cooker

If you don’t want to clean the stove as well, keep in mind that when you clean it, bits of grease, soot, and detergent will fall onto the stove from the hood. Therefore, cover the stove with a lid (if your stove model has a lid). You can also cover the stove with foil or old towels.

How to Clean a Hood with Citric Acid

You can clean your hood with both citric acid and fresh lemon. If you decide to use regular lemon – simply rub the lemon liberally on all the soiled areas. After 20-30 minutes, rinse the hood with detergent.

If you have citric acid – wipe the hood with a damp sponge and liberally sprinkle acid on the most soiled areas. After 20 minutes, wipe the hood with a clean, damp sponge.

How to Clean a Hood with Baking Soda and Vinegar

Moisten a sponge in a 9% solution of vinegar, and carefully wipe all the dirty places. If the filter is very dirty, it is better to remove it, place it in a bowl or tray and pour the vinegar for 20-30 minutes. After 30 minutes, rinse off the vinegar, and use a brush to clean any soiled areas.

Note, however, that vinegar may not be able to handle serious dirt. If the case is neglected, it is better to use baking soda. Wipe the hood and filter with a damp sponge and liberally apply baking soda to the surface. Leave it for 30-40 minutes, then rinse off all the dirt.

How to Clean an Exhaust Grid

To clean the hood grid, it’s best to remove it. The easiest and most convenient option is to use a tray in which you can leave the grid to soak in detergent. Do not use metal brushes to wash the grid. It is better to use a stiff sponge or an old toothbrush.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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